North Central ESD eNews

April 2016

Our Mission: To "Lead, Serve and Support the Educational Community."

Making Learning Personal in the New School

About North Central ESD

North Central ESD is one of nine regional educational agencies serving school districts and state-approved private schools in Washington. ESDs are an essential regional delivery system for K-12 services in the state. We create regional efficiencies, improve the effectiveness of educational programs, deliver vital services otherwise unavailable, and bring millions of dollars in new funding to schools in our state.
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Awards presented to 27 Sterling Intermediate Students

Leon McKinney, posing as Lincoln, awarded 27 students at Sterling Intermediate for earning points in the Sterling reading contest. Each received an autographed print of Lincoln. The Sterling Intermediate Band was part of the morning program, performing songs from the Civil War era.
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Orondo School GEAR UP Project: Students Receive iPads and Free Mobile Broadband, Transform Classroom Learning

The students at the Orondo School are about to GEAR UP for growth and achievement

as they learn to work and think the way professionals do in a digital world. On April 22 at

10:00 AM, teachers, parents, community leaders and students will gather in the school’s

multipurpose room to “unwrap” an iPad for every student, thanks to an Apple grant

through the White House ConnectED initiative. The school received a second

ConnectED contribution from AT&T, which will give Orondo School students and

teachers the opportunity to continue learning beyond the walls of the classroom with free

mobile broadband and filtering services as part of the company’s signature philanthropic

initiative, AT&T Aspire. Pictured above are the beaming faces of Orondo staff after receiving their new iPads, as well as Apple employees who assisted with training/rollout. The NCESD NetServ team provided backup for the rollout.

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About Teacher Life: Summer 2016

June 20-23,2016 at Wenatchee Valley College is your opportunity for Learning, Collaborating and Creating with NCW Teachers. Workshops are offered in the following: Best practices for ALL Learners; English Language Arts; Student Support/Special Education; Information Services; ELL/Migrant; Technology Integration; and STEM. To register go to

Write on the River Conference

Write on the River Conference benefits teachers/students

For teachers who want to teach their students how to become better writers or to improve their own writing skills, nine clock hours are available May 14 and 15 on the WVC campus at "Write on the River," North Central Washington's only writing conference. To learn more, go to To sign up for clock hours go to… and look for course 2619206.

NCESD Regional School News

Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance

2016 GWATA Awards

Technology leaders were honored at the 16th Annual Innovator Awards Luncheon on March 29 hosted by the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance (GWATA).
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Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance Board Members

Among members of the GWATA Board of Directors are Pete Phillips, NCESD Executive Director of Technology Services (back row left), and Ron Brown, Instructional Technology and Assessment, Wenatchee School District (back row, fourth from right).

Wenatchee Valley Educational Office Professionals (WVEOP)

Wenatchee Valley Educational Office Professionals (WVEOP) Activities

WVEOP held two worthwhile trainings in March, described in detail below. In preparation for the next event, nominations are now open for the WVEOP 2016 Administrator of the Year and Office Professional of the Year. Please take the time to nominate your special administrator or office professional who contribute so greatly to the office environment. Deadline for nominations is April 29.

Award winners will be recognized May 10 at the WVEOP Installation/Awards Dinner, 5 p.m. in the Cottonwood Retreat Center at North Central ESD. Another highlight of the evening will be an auction to raise money for the WVEOP scholarship fund. Bosses are invited! For more information, please contact Sariann Meredith or Eldene Wall

North Central Education Foundation

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Name Change for the NCESD Educational Foundation

Upon recommendation of the NCESD Educational Foundation Board, their name has been changed to "North Central Education Foundation." The decision was made to in order to show the distinction from North Central ESD and to clarify its identity from other Foundations. The updated logo is pictured above.

Scholarship Deadlines coming up

Several scholarships are available through the North Central Education Foundation, including: Teachers Make a Difference (deadline April 15); Town Toyota GS Long FFA Scholarship (deadline April 25) and the Icicle Trout Scholarship (deadline May 13). For more information, please contact Eldene Wall
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Children's Home Society "Sweethearts for Kids" Luncheon

An NCESD team filled a table at the annual Sweethearts for Kids luncheon on Wednesday, April 13, at the Wenatchee Convention Center. The annual luncheon is an important fundraiser to benefit the Children's Home Society and support their programs serving children and family in our community.

North Central ESD has a long history of partnering with Children’s Home Society in Chelan-Douglas County schools. CHS has been a valuable and consistent partner over many years, and we have always tried our best to support them back at their annual fundraiser luncheon. This year, the luncheon featured Kory Kalahar, Principal of Westside HS in Wenatchee, and it was a lot of fun to see so many local community members gathered together in one room to support our youth.