October – The Current
October Wrap-up // November Preview
October has been Principals Recognition Month. The role of a principal is incredibly complex, challenging, and yet rewarding. A school principal leads the whole school community, including students, teachers, staff, parents, and community partners. Research has clearly shown that there is a strong correlation between high student academic achievement and a quality leader in the school.
Effective principals must have a multitude of attributes, including a caring attitude for their students; effective resource management; excellent instructional knowledge; the ability to foster a positive environment; and possessing the physical and emotional stamina required of the position.
In the Moses Lake School District, we are fortunate to have strong individuals that embody each of these attributes, guiding our schools and fostering strong learning environments for our students.
Our principals are an amazing group, and I am honored to work with these leaders!
IN OUR SCHOOLS
Moses Lake High School was full of festivities and spirit during Homecoming week. CONGRATS to the MAVS on their big win versus Sunnyside during the Homecoming football game! Find MLHS Homecoming memories and more in the latest MLHS newsletter, here.
(Photo Credit: Janae Hone)
Vanguard Ribbon Cutting
Join us for the ribbon cuttng ceremony as we celebrate Moses Lake School District’s newest high school, Vanguard Academy!
The event will be held Wednesday, November 9th and is open to all community members.
We will kick off with ceremonial remarks from Superintendent Monty Sabin, Board of Directors president Kevin Fuhr, and Vanguard Academy principal Kelly Cutter, followed by the official ribbon cutting and student-led tours of the building.
CBTech Registration Night
We currently have 443 students from 10 high schools in Grant County, as well as Othello. This is the most students we have ever had. This year, for the first time, we will have a REGISTRATION night for the 2023-24 school year.
This event will be held February 2, 2023 at CBTECH from 4:30-7:30 PM. All students who want to attend CBTECH are encouraged to attend this event. Each school is guaranteed a certain amount of seats in each class. More details here.
School Bus Safety Week
Our bus drivers are true, hometown heroes! They safely transport thousands of students to and from school, as well as to educational field trips and athletic games.
Everyone can make difference in our community. Help keep our riders and drivers safe by obeying traffic laws, including reduced speed limits. Remember– when the stop paddle is out, STOP and watch for students crossing the road!
We know it's not always an easy job- but it is one of the most rewarding! If you're curious about what it takes, apply here or call our Transportation Department: 509.766.2676
(Above: Longview Elementary students at their annual Jogathon.)
CBTech Cosmetology Showcase
Join us for this special showcase of our Cosmetology students as they show off their skills! This year the theme is hair coloring, which they then style and do make-up, complete with costumes, to go with the theme:
December 2nd, 6pm
Disability History and Awareness Month
Disability History and Awareness Month (RCW 28A.230.158) takes place annually during the month of October to increase awareness, respect, and acceptance for people with disabilities, and to bring a greater sense of pride to people with disabilities. Here are a few resources from Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
$500 Hiring Bonus
Life Skills Paraeducators
We're offering a $500 bonus for Life Skills Paraeducators (new hires). The bonus will be paid after hiring, upon successful completion of probation.
We're also hiring:
Bus Drivers & Assistants
Human Resource Generalist
Join our team and make a difference in your community:
- Early Learning Presentation: Lynn Frey, Director of Early Learning, presented information on the preschool program, their goals for the future, and challenges they currently face (including space, funding, and transportation).
- Assistant Superintendent Carol Lewis gave a high-level presentation about Inclusionary Practices; WA falls 44th in 50 states in how we include special education students in our general education activities. There is a desire to give access to ALL students to general education classroom.
- The overarching goals of the WASA Project are to: 1. Increase the support for teachers as we explore the idea of Universal Design for Learning. 2. to deepen the understanding of what is needed across our district to implement inclusionary practices. We want to move students into less restriction; 3. Increase the percentage of students who are placed in core classes in the secondary level.
- MLHS Principal Sheila Kries gave an overview presentation of the culture and improvements happening in the high school.
- Board voted to meet once per month to accommodate holidays in November and December. Meetings will be held November 10th and December 8th at 6pm.
- Policy 3211 Gender-Inclusive Schools was presented on the 13th and passed on the 27th.
View the meeting minutes and full agendas on BoardDocs.
Dave Ruffin was honored at our regular board meeting for his brave response to last week's weapon report in the CBTech parking lot. Mr. Ruffin, a former police chief and current criminal justice teacher at CBtech, mitigated the situation until MLPD arrived. "Dave should be considered a hero," says MLSD Board President Kevin Fuhr. Thank you Dave!
Recap of this story here.
ON THE HORIZON
National Native American Heritage Month
November 3 – End of 1st Quarter
November 4 – 3.5 HR Early Release K–8
November 7 – Daylight Saving Time
November 8–10 – 3.5 HR Early Release K–8 (Fall Conferences)
November 11 – NO SCHOOL (Veteran's Day)
November 16 – National Education Support Professionals Day
November 23 – 3.5 HR Early Release
November 24-25 – Holiday Break
IN THE COMMUNITY
Home - Child Tax Credit Outreach
Families with no or low incomes have until November 15th to claim the CTC using the simplified filing portal, GetCTC.org! After that, families can still claim the 2021 CTC, but will need to file full tax returns. They have until April 15, 2025 to do so.
Mavericks host Big 9 tourney
MOSES LAKE - Hosting the Columbia Basin Big 9 district championship, the Moses Lake Mavericks lost to West Valley (Yakima) in the district title game 20-11 before defeating Davis 18-2 and advancing to the 4A state tournament. "That first game was disappointing," Moses Lake head coach Mike Hofheins said.
Mavericks swim and dive girls at 6-0
MOSES LAKE - The Moses Lake girls swim and dive team has gone a perfect 6-0 in league play, pushing the Mavericks to a regular season championship in the sport. Coming up for the Mavericks are the Big Nine championships Thursday and district championship Oct. 27 at home before the state meet on Nov.
Moses Lake School District
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