Tonasket School District

Weekly Update ~ 1/18/2019

"Focused on Learning and Linking Learning to Life"

One School

One Team

One Purpose - Student Success


Powerful Teaching and Learning

  • On Tuesday, administrators, supervisors and two counselors met with a representative from Clear Risk Solutions, our insurance company, to learn more about the recognition of drug and alcohol impairment. Our presenter was a former State Patrol Officer.

  • At the school board retreat last weekend, the school worked with a trainer, Cinthia McMullan, from WSSDA (Washington State School Directors Association) to review their school board self assessment, develop school board operating principles, discussed alignment of school goals, and develop standards for presentations to the school board (5 questions to answer with every presentation). It was a very productive weekend of work.

  • The monthly Superintendent meeting in Wenatchee focused on learning about SEBB, the new state-run medical plan for educational employees that starts next year and legislative issues in this year’s session.

Parent and Community Engagement

  • Migrant monthly meeting on January 16th:
    “This week on Wednesday night we had great attendance for our STEM night at the elementary school. There was a brief announcement from Brisa Montejano about the upcoming FLI classes for families in our district and then Jennifer Wilson and Cari Haug began the meeting by giving families information about approaches to math and science standards. Families then had the opportunity to visit various stations around the school including virtual reality sessions in the library hosted by Kim Fitzthum and Lara Owsley, paper airplane building and flight measuring hosted by Cari Haug and Emily Bjelland, basics of computer coding hosted by Christine Olson, practical math games to play at home hosted by Kari Alexander and Jen Wilson, and Mitchell Fitzthum gave a presentation to families about his TEALS coursework. Although we were a couple translators short, the activities ran smoothly and families thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was great to see our school board members Joyce Fancher, Sharron Cox and Ernesto Cerrillo at the meeting, we appreciate all you do for our school and community. Next month (February 20th) we will have the entire school board present in a panel format where parents can come and visit with each member to ask questions and make suggestions. Thank you to everyone for making yet another Migrant Monthly Meeting a success. Norma, Maria, Maribel, Karina, Suzette, Lilly, Brian and Kristi Krieg, these meetings would not happen without all of your hard work. Thank you.” ~Tyler Graves and the Migrant Team

  • There is a Family Leadership Institute program coming to Tonasket. It will be every Monday night at 5:15 - 8 pm from January 28 through March 25. Dinner, daycare and materials for the class are provided. To register or questions please contact Brian Ellis at the high school or Martha Wisdom.

  • The Math Fellows Team is conducting a Parent Growth Mindset Survey to collect data to ascertain information about parent mindsets. The survey was posted to our district Facebook page and sent district-wide via email messenger to parents.

Creative and Innovative

  • I was able to help judge a Choice HS student exhibition today. I was impressed with how the new approach to learning using the Big Picture model, is improving the relevance of learning for these students.

Capital Projects Update

  • This week the advisory group for the AG department met with a building contractor to help develop more detailed specifications for our shop project.

  • We learned that work on the automatic doors will start in February.


  • A former Tonasket bus driver, MaryAlice Robinson, recently passed away. Her memorial service is at the Free Methodist Church in Oroville at 1PM on Saturday.

  • THS ASB is selling Popcornopolis popcorn from January 9 to 31, you can preorder from a THS ASB council member or HS office.

  • We have created a section on our website called Vaping ~ Parent Information. This is a nationally growing trend as E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular among teens. Please take some time to review the information provided on our website (link below) as the current vaping devices can be easily concealed.

What Every Employee Needs to Know - Reminders

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