Tonasket School District

Weekly Update ~ 9/14/2018

"Focused on Learning and Linking Learning to Life"

One School

One Team

One Purpose - Student Success


Powerful Teaching and Learning

  • The district is looking into a contract for phone-based translation services to help staff when an in district translator is not available. More to follow soon.

  • The school board met on Wednesday for a work session to discuss a proposed change to the Valedictorian/Salutatorian policy. They will be voting on the policy change at the next scheduled school board meeting.

  • One of the themes at our Administrator Retreat this summer was building a culture of learning instead of a culture of compliance. As you work with our students, which one are you focused on? The attached article is a good start if you want to challenge yourself more in this area.


  • Required observances: Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is normally observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.

  • I will soon be presenting to staff and the community about our upcoming Capital Projects Levy. The priority projects for this capital levy are our replacing our boilers and chillers (both past their lifespan), replacing our ES roof (has reached its lifespan), building an additional shop facility, remodeling building entrances and key systems to enhance security, and support for technology infrastructure. The election is on November 6th.

Parent and Community Engagement

  • Next Wednesday at 6pm in the elementary commons will be our first Migrant/Bilingual Family night. Our focus for this month is post high school education and we will be featuring a guest speaker, Juan Maravilla, from CWU's CAMP program and our own Katie Walker to talk about preparing for life after high school and some support that is out there for our migrant students.

Staff Updates

  • We have been advertising for an ES secretary and interviews will be next week.


  • The first enrollment count day was Sept.11. Our FTE is starting the year at 1,127.31. We built our budget on 1.080 FTE - Great News!

  • Today is Suzette Ellis’s last day as ES secretary. However, she is not leaving the district, she has taken the position as GEAR-Up Director and will be housed in the HS library. She will be missed in the ES. We wish her the best in her new position.

  • Board Policy Updates. You can click on the link below to view the policy and procedure updates:

    1. Policy 2336 Required Observances (Veterans Day, Constitution Day, Temperance and Good Citizenship Day, Disability History Month)

    2. Policy 3220 Freedom of Expression

    3. Policy 6000 Program Planning, Budget Preparation, Adoption and Implementation

    4. Procedure 6600 Transportation

What Every Employee Needs to Know - Reminders

On Campus Safety
Schools have a duty to protect students from dangers that are known or should have been known. Dangers come from:

  • Activity
  • Environment
  • Other students
  • Other adults (volunteers, contractors, chaperones, partnerships)

    1. Do not allow students to leave school without parent permission.

    2. Even before education, a school district’s primary responsibility is the safety of students. Every school district employee is required to be vigilant regarding student safety, take actions to safeguard students, and report student safety concerns to appropriate supervisors and administrators.

    3. Individuals without appropriate school badges or visitor badges must be sent or escorted to the school office to sign in and get a visitor pass. This is every employees responsibility.

    4. Emergency management personnel (police, fire, etc.) are exempt from this requirement only when responding to an emergency. Otherwise, emergency personnel, in or out of uniform, need to sign in at the respective school office. They will need a visitor badge only if they are not in uniform.

    5. Procedure 4200, Safe and Orderly Learning Environment, states the following: The following guidelines are suggested as basic security measures to prevent/reduce disruptive activities in the school:

  • All visitors are required to check into the office upon entering a school building. All entrances must be posted;
  • Staff members are responsible for monitoring hallways and playgrounds. Unfamiliar persons are to be directed to the office;
  • A visitor's badge with the current date should be worn conspicuously;
  • If a visitor is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is committing a disruptive act or invites another person to do so, the staff member will exercise the right to order the visitor off school premises. If the visitor fails to comply, the staff member will contact the school office which may, in turn, report this disturbance to a law enforcement officer.

    Link to What Every Employee Must Know on TSD website: