Tonasket School District

Weekly Update ~ 9/27/2019

"Focused on Learning and Linking Learning to Life"

Be Positive, Be Grateful, Be Involved

“If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Capital Project Update

HVAC chillers are to be installed over the October 4 weekend, plans are underway for making entrance modifications to increase safety and security, and the RFP (Request for Proposal) for the shop project is in the development stage.

Powerful Teaching and Learning

  • Last Monday I attended a levy training in Pasco. Our current Educational Programs and Operations Levy expires at the end of 2020 so we will be spending the next several months planning for our replacement Levy. This levy and the levy equalization funds that come to us only if we pass a local levy fund our extracurricular programs, field trips, staff training, technology, staff over the state funded basic education level, and much more.

  • Today I am meeting with a group of superintendents, The Eastern Washington Quality School Coalition, in Spokane to work with a state education lobbyist to set the direction of our legislative efforts for this upcoming legislative session. I am part of the leadership team that represents many of our Eastern Washington schools.


In 2018-2019, North Central Educational Service District (NCESD) conducted a three-part Site and Risk Assessment. With each safety walk-through, it was noted that attention to improving safety measures in the district improved with each assessment. At Wednesday's board meeting, Paul Harrison and Suzanne Reister from North Central ESD presented a Worker’s Compensation Safety Incentive check to the district in the amount of $1,500 for attaining an increase of 88% safety in slips, trips and falls. Appreciation was given to Mike Larson for his efforts in increasing safety throughout the district. Every little thing we do to make our school a safer place really shows how much we care about kids and our community.

District Culture and Climate

On Thursday, representatives from TEA, PSE, and administrator/supervisor team met to start work on the development process for the climate surveys.

Parent and Community Engagement

On the way home from a 4th-grade field trip to Chief Joseph Dam one of our buses broke down. Bridgeport SD and their transportation department lent us a bus to quickly get our students back home. Many thanks to Bridgeport and their swift action to help us out.

TEA and PSE Updates

The school board ratified the PSE Contract at Wednesday’s board meeting.

Staff Updates

At Wednesday’s board meeting, the following personnel items were approved:

  • Sarah Prock – MS Paraeducator/Assistant MS Secretary
  • Debbi Jones – 2 Hour Choice High School Secretary
  • Shelby Walker – JV HS Volleyball Coach
  • Allison Glanzer – C-Squad HS Volleyball Coach
  • Elizabeth Conner – Campus Support


  • Traffic Safety fees have been set at $450. Walt Arnold from Oroville will be our instructor this year. The first class will start November 4. We don't know the date of the second class yet, but it will be in March or April. Signing up for the class will continue to be done through the high school.

  • The General Election is coming up on November 5th. If you have not registered yet, the last day to do so by mail or online registrations is October 28th. Changes that are new this year for elections: voter registration by mail or online can be done only eight days before the election and walk-in registration at the Okanogan County Auditor office can be done up to 8 PM on election day and then a ballot will be handed to the newly registered voter. There are three school board positions on the general ballot. Here is the link to register online:
Board Policy & Procedure Updates:
    • 2140 P Guidance and Counseling

    • 2409 BP Competency Based Credits

    • 2409 P Competency Based Credits

    • 2418 BP Waiver of High School Graduation Credits

    • 2418 P Waiver of High School Graduation Credits

    • 2418 F Waiver of High School Graduation Credits Form

    • 3115 BP Homeless Students Enrollment Rights and Services

    • 3115 P Homeless Students Enrollment Rights and Services

    • 3231 BP Student Records

    • 3231 P Student Records

    • 3413 P Student Immunizations and Life-Threatening Conditions

    • 3520 BP Student Fees, Fines, Charges

    • 3520 P Student Fees, Fines, Charges

    • 5231-F1 Maintaining Professional Staff/Student Boundaries Form

Click the link below to review these policies:

What Every Employee Needs to Know - Reminders

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