PASD Staff Newsletter
NEWS & NOTES November 18, 2022
We are still looking for special education teachers, sub-custodians, sub-bus drivers, and permanent paraprofessionals. If you know of anyone looking to start a rewarding career and work with a quality team like ours, please encourage their application.
To learn more about open positions, click here.
Click here to learn about our bonus structure for substitute teachers and paras.
School Board Meeting with Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
On Thursday, November 10th, the Board of Directors held the annual meeting with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Council to honor our government-to-government partnership.
The Board and Tribal Council heard from staff who work throughout the district teaching Klallam Language, hosting educational programs, and providing student and staff support with our Native American Interventionist and Liaison teams. They also reviewed reports showing the rise in graduation rates amongst our Native students and uncovered areas where we can better support our students.
The Board expressed deep gratitude to the Tribe and support staff members for their time and willingness to strengthen our government-to-government partnership.
Jessica Elofson, Native American Intervention Specialist and Gregory ‘Montesz’ Kelley-Shears, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Academic Support
Indian Education Title IX.
To see their presentation, click here.
Jen Mobley, PAHS Native American Intervention Specialist
To see Jen's presentation, click here.
Jonathan J. Arakawa, Klallam Language Teacher
Jonathan presented on the STI Middle School Curriculum Development.
To see Jonathan's presentation, click here.
Carmen Watson-Charles, PASD Native American Liaison
To see Carmen's presentation, click here.
Julie Bryant, Dry Creek Elementary Principal and Leandra Cable-Bruce, Native American Intervention Specialist
To see their presentation, click here.
Stevens Middle School - Expansion Update
The design phase kicked off on Tuesday, November 15th, at Stevens Middle School with staff and the Port Angeles Capital Advisory Committee members. During this time, the design team shared their hopes, concerns, and ideas on building the best school for our students, staff, and community!
Next up, Integrus will spend an entire day at Stevens Middle School to watch how students move throughout the building and use the existing space. They will also meet with students to hear their ideas about a new school. Stay tuned!
SmartHealth $125 wellness incentive deadline approaching
Don’t miss your chance to qualify for the SmartHealth $125 wellness incentive. The deadline is quickly approaching.
How to qualify
Each year, complete the SmartHealth well-being assessment (worth 800 points) and reach 2,000 SmartHealth points by the deadline. Only employees who are enrolled in a SEBB medical plan are eligible.
The deadline is November 30 for most. New employees with a medical effective date in October through December 2022 have until December 31, 2022.
Learn more about SmartHealth
- Visit the SmartHealth webpage
- Get activity ideas on the Reward yourself with SmartHealth flyer
- Review the basic steps to log on to SmartHealth or Accessing SmartHealth guide.
- Watch the SmartHealth Stories video and new SmartHealth Overview video.
- SmartHealth support:
Call Limeade at 1-855-750-8866 (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SEBB wellness benefits:
Email Washington Wellness at email@example.com or call 360-725-1700.
News from PAHS Choir
In the spirit of sharing student successes with the staff and community, John Lorentzen, Director of Choral Music, is happy to report that nine PAHS choir students were selected for either the Washington All-State Choir or the All-Northwest Choir (with students from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska). Students record a live audition demonstrating their singing and musicianship skills to be considered for these honor organizations. Please tell them congratulations when you see them!
2023 Washington All-State Honor Groups:
- Josey Cooley, 2023 WMEA All-State Symphonic Choir-Soprano 2
- Abbigail Cuellar, 2023 WMEA All-State Symphonic Choir-Soprano 2
- Amelia Neff, 2023 WMEA All-State Symphonic Choir-Alto 1
- Rhiley Pavlak, 2023 WMEA All-State Symphonic Choir-Alto 1
- Abigail Sanford, 2023 WMEA All-State Symphonic Choir-Soprano 1
- Laurel Williams , 2023 WMEA All-State Symphonic Choir-Soprano 2
2023 NAfME All-Northwest Honor Groups:
- Keith Laughman, 2023 NAfME All-NW Mixed Choir-Bass 1
- Rayna Mathison, 2023 NAfME All-NW Treble Choir-Alto 1
- Sara Wilson, 2023 NAfME All-NW Mixed Choir-Soprano 1
JFFA Presents - The Rocket Man Show
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 @7PM at Port Angeles Performing Arts Center
Rus Anderson is Elton John’s official body double for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour promo video & photos. Picked by the man himself, Rus performs as a young Elton John in The Rocket Man Show – driving a night of Elton’s greatest hits, with spot on vocals & fierce piano playing. Rus recreates an early Elton concert with gorgeous, colorful and flamboyant costumes
actually worn by Elton – including boots, glasses & jumpsuits from 1973, and his sparkly tuxedo from 1984! Audiences are in for a night of nostalgia, singing, laughing & participation.
Remember when rock was young? You will after the show! Get your tickets here!
Teacher Grants for the 2022-23 School Year
Clallam County School Retirees Association - Due December 1st
- CTE Science Equipment Grant
- Teacher/Classroom Mini-Grants
Peninsula Credit Grant: 2022 Peninsula Education Grant (P.E.G.) program. P.E.G. was developed to provide charitable grants to fund programs, materials, and related financial resources for educators to assist in providing learning and growing opportunities for their students. This is one way Peninsula Credit Union is giving back to the communities we serve.
The grants are available to educators in all primary or secondary classes for public and accredited private schools.
Grants will be awarded up to $500.00 for the implementation of new programs and continuation of existing programs, materials, equipment, or supplies. For more information about the Grant Program and how to apply, check out the application HERE.
Please read the grant application materials thoroughly and submit all requested items postmarked by November 18, 2022. All applicants are encouraged to be individual members of Peninsula Credit Union (with their own member number), but it is NOT a requirement. Please see our website (www.pcfcu.org) for more details about the Credit Union and the advantages of becoming a member. Grant recipients will be notified by December 31, 2022, and funds distributed to the respective School Districts for allocation to the educator. Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified.
If you have questions about Peninsula Credit Union or the education grant program, stop by your nearest Peninsula Credit Union branch, call 800-426-1601 or visit online at www.pcfcu.org.
Upcoming District Dates
- November 23: 1/2 day for students - NO LATE START. Regular work day for all staff.
- November 24 & 25: Thanksgiving Holiday
- December 8: School Board Meeting - 6pm at Lincoln Center
- December 19 - January 2: Winter Break