East Valley e-News
Empowering & Inspiring Excellence for ALL - September 2018
IN THIS ISSUE
- LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
- THE COST OF A CHROMEBOOK
- STUDENT SAFETY ALERT - LOCAL DRUG WARNING
- IN OUR CLASSROOMS - SMALL STORIES, SHARING BIG SUCCESS
- MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS ARE i-READY FOR MATH THIS YEAR
- 2017-2018 DISTRICT REPORT CARD RELEASED
- UPCOMING EVENTS
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LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Always Improving - Committed to Student Success!
Our 2018-2019 school year is off an running at full speed. We kicked the year off at our annual district start-up day with an inspiring presentation by MaryAnn Brittingham on how to reach ALL STUDENTS.
We will embark on this next year with a clear message and continued focus on the growth and achievement of at least one school year for ALL STUDENTS, regardless of their starting point. Our annual district goals aim to achieve these successes with our students, putting an emphasis on differentiated, data-driven instruction. Our educators will continue to work collaboratively with their professional learning communities to ensure that we provide intervention and enrichment opportunities to meet students where they are at, with what they need to be successful. We will continue to promote technology in the classroom and provide innovative practices to ensure our students are ready for continued education and/or the workforce when they exit our schools. To learn more about our Superintendent/District Goals, visit https://www.evsd90.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=810314&type=d&pREC_ID=1575722
We are pleased to share that after thoughtful negotiations with the East Valley Education Association this summer, we have come to an agreement that provides a very competitive contract for our certificated staff. During a special board meeting on September 5th, this EVEA contract was ratified by our East Valley School Board of Directors. We continue to work with the PSE to come to an agreement to ratify a contract for our classified staff.
I invite all interested community members to join me for casual conversations about what’s happening in our East Valley Schools at two Coffee with the Community events scheduled to take place this fall on October 10th and November 15th. For more information, see our flyer in the Upcoming Events section.
THE COST OF A CHROMEBOOK
Ultimately, you pay $15 now, but if your child drops their Chromebook or spills something on it later, you won't owe any additional money. If you have not paid your $15 usage fee and you damage or lose your computer, you will have to pay the full cost to fix or replace your device (you will not be able to pay the $15 at the time of damage). This $15 fee only covers the first instance of accidental damage or theft. Subsequent instances will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Common Chromebook Catastrophes:
Fees to replace or fix parts are determined at the time of damage. Here are a few examples of common incidents we have seen in our schools.
- Entire Unit/Full Replacement (loss/damage beyond repair) - $220
- Screen - $40
- Keyboard - $50
- Charger - $20
- Hinge - Up to a full replacement
- Camera - Up to a full replacement
We made the decision to assess annual Chromebook usage fees as a way to insure our computers in instances of loss and damage. The money collected from these fees ensures that we're able to continue to maintain our existing Chromebooks and make replacements as needed. Without the fees we aren't able to guarantee that we will be able to continue to provide 1:1 technology services to our students over the years.
If you have not already paid your Chromebook fees for this school year, click on the link below to make a payment online or pay using cash or check at your child's school. To review our Student Technology Device Checkout Agreement for students in grades 6-12, visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/15guFcWEaBmLNo1Ceiq48X_yIHT-bDyLH/view.
STUDENT SAFETY ALERT
LOCAL DRUG WARNING!
These pills are small and resemble pharmaceutical pills. They come in various colors; reports coming out of the Tri-Cities have identified blue pills and local reports have included salmon-colored, like those pictured below. We ask that you be alert and on the lookout. If you find something that is suspicious and/or looks like the pictures shown, please contact our schools. If you have information, but you're uncomfortable with coming forward, you can place an anonymous tip 24/7 using our SafeSchools reporting system at https://evsd90-wa.safeschoolsalert.com/
IN OUR SCHOOLS
KIDS AT T.H.E. ARE SOCIAL
This year Terrace Heights is trying something new to help students develop the social and emotional skills they need to be successful. On Fridays, students finish off the week with time in their Bear Dens - a place where they meet with students of all ages to connect on a more personal level! Students will stay with their Bear Dens throughout their entire elementary career. This month Dens focused on coming up with their family names and flags. Way to innovate & inspire T.H.E.!
WHO NEEDS RIDES?
FUN AT THE FAIR
MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS ARE i-READY FOR MATH THIS YEAR!
TRUNK OR TREAT
"To empower and inspire ALL in the pursuit of excellence."
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