Tonasket School District
Weekly Update ~ 5/17/2019
"Focused on Learning and Linking Learning to Life"
One Purpose - Student Success
SCHOOL DISTRICT GOALS:
Capital Project Update
Energy Efficiency (HVAC System)
Safety/Security Upgrades - start ASAP
High School Shop Expansion for Vocational Education Program
Elementary School Roof
Powerful Teaching and Learning
- Martha Wisdom received the 2019 Washington State Classified Employee of the Year Award held in Olympia on Thursday. Congratulations Martha! What an honor for you and for the school district!
Martha gave the credit for her award to the incredible team she works with. Also, she was nominated by Tyler Graves who wrote a beautiful nomination letter that was read during the award ceremony.
- I enjoyed visiting with the certificated staff during the Teacher Appreciation BBQ held last Wednesday. I want to personally express my appreciation for the work you do to help all of our students learn and grow to high levels!
- At the WASA regional awards in Wenatchee on Thursday, I was honored to be awarded the 2019 Student Achievement Leadership Award for the great work all of you have done over the past few years. The award is in recognition of the work we are doing in math and ELA adoption, principal coaching, the work of our Fellows, and the work of our Migrant/Bilingual/LEP programs.
- Last year, Chelsea Freeman and other Choice High School students and staff researched and visited Big Picture Learning (BPL) programs around the state of Washington. Chelsea Freeman then presented information on what was learned so far about BPLs to the Tonasket School District Board of directors, asking for their support to begin transitioning Choice High School from an ALE program to a BPL program. Since the start of the 2018-19 school year, CHS students and staff have been piloting the BPL program. On May 9, I attended a State Board of Education meeting in Wenatchee where CHS students zoomed in and presented a brief overview of the credit-based waiver application. The waiver allows CHS to be flexible and innovative while being held accountable for high standards. On May 9, the SBE approved the CHS waiver. Congratulations to Chelsea, CHS staff and students for your work and effort to achieve the goal of becoming recognized as a Big Picture Learning program.
- Starting next school year we will have two new separate schools in our district: Tonasket Choice High School and Tonasket Outreach School. Currently, all of the student data (assessment, graduation, attendance, etc.) is included in the student data for the traditional schools so this will allow us to see program level data more effectively.
- Holly Haugan has been holding SPED seminars for staff and recently completed the fifth session. The seminars are short, bi-weekly presentations on topics related to the education of students with disabilities, including information about specific disabilities, instructional strategies, accommodation and modification strategies, legal and ethical issues involved in special education, and working with disability-based behavior in the classroom. Staff can attend classes or watch recordings online. Teachers can earn TPEP clock hours by registering through the ESD.
- I am excited to share that our HS principal, Brian Ellis, has requested to move to our open CTE teaching position. Brian has extensive experience in teaching agriculture focused classes and will be a great addition to our program. The HS principal position has been advertised and the schedule for hiring is as follows:
May 15 Job is advertised (for 3 weeks)
June 5 Job Closes
May 20 at 3:30 PM Steve to meet with HS, CHS, Outreach staff
• Review timeline
• Discuss interview process
• Discuss interview questions for group interview
May 28 at 3:30 PM Interview Committee meet together to:
• Review application screening criteria
• Review interview questions (on Google Docs)
May/June Ongoing Steve McCullough to do reference checks
Interview Committee to review and score completed applications
June 5 Position closes
June 5 at 3:30 PM Interview Committee meet to select candidates to interviewJune 10 Interviews
- NCESD (North Central Educational Service District) is going to work with 4-5 local districts to coordinate our RFQ (request for quotes) for our food service contract. We currently partner with Chartwells for this service and our hope is to generate more competition from other vendors if we work together.
- This year the legislature passed a new health care plan for all school district employees called SEBB (School Employees Benefits Board Program). Two key changes in our healthcare system are:
All K-12 school employees in WA will be on the same health care system.
Employees who work at least 630 hours a year are eligible for the health care.
The following link will take you to a FAQ for more specifics:
District Culture and Climate
Parent and Community Engagement
TEA and PSE Updates
Debra Hurst – 5th Grade Teacher
Amanda Chase – HS ELA Teacher
Anna Seltzer – MS Science/Elective Teacher
Sasha Dart – K-12 Life Skills Teacher
- Jayden Hawkins - HS PE
- Robin Brown - HS Social Studies
- April Cole - 6th Grade Science/Elective
- Scott Olson - 5th Grade
- Jackie Glidden - (2 blocks History)
- Shelby Scott - MS LA/History