Superintendent Bahr Newsletter
April 27- May 1, 2020
Dear Eatonville School Community:
"No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” – English Proverb
I hope this message finds everyone in our community well, in spite of the many challenges we are facing and overcoming.
During this time, our commitment to our students and families remains strong. We are centering our efforts on key priorities, including:
- Providing equitable access: We will try to ensure that all students have a device and if possible - access to the internet, to engage with learning. If they do not, we will work hard to try to provide it. Remote learning is designed to be flexible and accessible. (Please contact your principal if you are still needing assistance in this area.)
- Ensuring seniors graduate: We are tracking the progress of all seniors and working so all graduate, on time, according to their educational plan. Many thank you’s to our high school administrators, counseling staff, and secretaries.
- Supporting student well-being: We know that social connection with classmates is key to student mental health. This includes creating opportunities for all students to engage with their peers and teachers. In addition, we know the current circumstances have been challenging for many of our families. We are providing nutrition and other supports to ensure our students and their families have what they need.
See this link to view the newsletter with resources from our counselors.
- Preparing students for the next level: Teachers have identified key learning targets for the fourth quarter to prepare all students for the next grade level, with particular attention to literacy and math at the elementary and middle school levels.
We know that many of have been busy engaging with your child’s teacher and we are so proud of you.
Earlier this week, we received guidance from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). We used that guidance, which was inline with our original plans and engagement strategies. Our approach accounts for the diverse circumstances our students are experiencing. It also gives students the opportunity to work toward subject mastery over the course of the remaining academic year and into next fall if necessary.
In regard to grading, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released this guidance for districts.
Here is a summary of what the new rules mean for your students at Eatonville High School:
- Student grades will not be negatively impacted as a result of the March 17 building closures or by the continuous learning through the end of the 2019–20 school year.
- Districts will continue using grades as a means of communicating student progress and determining high school credit (RCW 28A.150.240). The new rules prohibit the use of pass/fail grading systems for high school courses that meet graduation requirements (unless indicated in a student IEP). EHS Advisory grades will continue to be pass/fail.
- Students who are engaging in the learning opportunities provided each week will see their grades improve throughout the closure. All students, including students who were failing on March 17, have every opportunity to improve their grades significantly.
- No student will receive a failing grade for any class during the COVID-19 closure period. However, students who do not complete their courses or who are not yet proficient may be given an “Incomplete.” An “F” grade will still show up in the gradebook until final semester grades are issued. At that time, they will be converted to an “Incomplete.” In such instances, a plan for course completion will be developed and followed.
- Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 accommodations will continue to be provided. Please contact your student’s teacher if you have questions.
In addition, the following letters were sent out to families late last week:
- Eatonville Middle School
- Eatonville High School
- For elementary grade levels: There will not be a grade assigned for fourth quarter due to the Covid 19 closure. Teachers will write anecdotal comments that represent effort and participation during the school closure for the fourth quarter of this school year.
Here are some other important new and resources I would like to share:
- Nutrition Services: I would like to remind everyone that any child 0-18, and special educations students up to the age of 21, are eligible for free meals prepared by our Nutrition Services department. (See image below for locations and times of meal service.)
Again, I thank everyone in our learning community for being a partner on this unprecedented journey. Without your good will, patience and willingness to adjust to change, none of our work at the district would be possible.
After the cold, long and dark days of winter, the spring season brings new life and fresh hope to the world.
The sun shines, the days get warmer, green shoots and bright flowers peep out from the soil, trees blossom, and new lambs and chicks are born.
Whether hiking, reading, gardening, or eating, we are finally able to get back to nature and spend time outside again.
Though spring might not look quite like we are used to this strange year 2020, it is a welcome period of rebirth and inspiration for many of us all the same.
May you try to enjoy the beauty Spring brings and thank you for continued engagement!
We are doing this weekly (so it should look familiar). Thanks!
Part 2 - You can view this on Tuesday
Part 3 - You can view this on Wednesday
For the most up-to-date information for th Eatonville School District. (This is to include new information, closure information, cancelled events, Gov. Inslee updates, etc.)
SUPPORTING FAMILIES DURING THE SCHOOL CLOSURE
ESD GRAB & GO MEAL SERVICE
Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, ➡️FREE for ALL⬅️ children 0-18, and special education students up to the age of 21.
Meal Service will be near the front entrance of these schools.
Eatonville Middle School 11:00-12:00
Weyerhaeuser Elementary School 11:30-12:30
Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy 12:00-1:00
Hot Meals Days this week and next week
Hot meals available on days noted.
2020 Daffodil Festival Royal Court
The Daffodil Princesses participated in a "parade" of sorts at a local care facility.
Eatonville Daffodil Princess - Emily Frey
Pierce County Health Department
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- Call (800) 525-0127 and press # to reach Washington State Department of Health's call center. The call center is open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. 7 days a week.
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