EAST VALLEY E-NEWS

Empowering & Inspiring Excellence for All - March 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

  • LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT - A SNOWY SITUATION
  • SAVE THE DATE FOR SAFETY NIGHT
  • CRYSTAL APPLE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
  • HOW ARE WE DOING AT EVHS?
  • IN OUR SCHOOLS - SMALL STORIES SHARING BIG SUCCESS
  • STATE TESTING AHEAD
  • WE'RE HIRING! SLPs, SCHOOL COUNSELORS, BUS DRIVERS & MORE

LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT: A SNOWY SITUATION

Although the groundhog predicted spring, all we saw was snow this February. We know that when bad weather hits the Yakima Valley, parents are anxiously waiting to hear whether our schools are going to be on-time, delayed or cancelled.


Over the last few weeks, we've been asked a few great questions...


1. Why don't we make our decisions and announcements the night before?

We simply don't know what our decision will be until the morning of. Weather forecasts/weather conditions can change, as can the roads. In the past when we have announced delays the night prior and then had to change to cancellation, we had confusion and frustrated families that had to, once again, change their plans. We have found that it is best to make our decisions and announcements when we have the most accurate information available.


2. Why do we have school when other local schools don't?

We don't make our decisions based on what other districts are doing; we base them on the conditions in our district, on our roads. We wake up and begin driving roads at 3:30 in the morning. We assess road conditions to determine whether our buses can safely transport students to and from school. Once we are ready to make our decisions related to transportation and school operation, we try to send a notification out to the news media and our families no later than 6:00 AM. If weather conditions change significantly and our delay turns into a closure, we will try to send an update to our community by 7:30 a.m.


3. Will we have to make up our snow day?

As soon as we can be sure that additional winter storms will not initiate further school closures, we will review our academic calendar and communicate potential changes to our families.


We thank our families and staff for your patience and understanding through this wintery weather. We always encourage families to prepare for inclement weather and make sure to have a care plan in place for children, should you need to report for employment. For more information about our weather notifications, visit https://www.evsd90.org/apps/pages/weather


Our doors and phones are always open. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.


Sincerely,

John Schieche

Superintendent

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CRYSTAL APPLE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS!


The East Valley Crystal Apple Award has been recognizing excellence in education for 20 years! We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Crystal Apple Educator Award!


Anyone can make a nomination - Nominees must be current certificated employees of the East Valley School District - For more information and the application, visit our website athttps://www.evsd90.org/apps/pages/CrystalApple


Are you looking to get more involved? The Crystal Apple Award Selection Committee is looking for volunteers to help review the applications and choose this year's winner! Usually the committee only meets once! Contact Mark Roy for more information at mark.roy@mdrfarms.com

TELL US HOW WE'RE DOING AT EVHS!

If you have students that attend East Valley High School, we want to hear how you think we're doing with communication so that we can continue to improve. This quick survey will be available until next Friday, March 8th.

IN OUR SCHOOLS

KIMA COVERS KINDER BRIDGE AT MOXEE

We are so proud of our Kinder BRIDGE program which offers our youngest learners an extended kindergarten year to make sure they have the skills they need early, for academic success! Read KIMA's full article and watch the story by clicking the link below.

TESTING AHEAD

Later this month students will begin taking the Smarter Balanced Assessments. It is important that students take these exams seriously and try their hardest. The data that we get from these annual tests, guides our work as a district for the remainder of the current school year and future years. In high school, passage with a score of 3 or higher in both ELA and Math is required for graduation.


To help your child achieve success, make sure they get a good night's rest the night before testing, that they have a healthy breakfast to start their day and that you contact their teacher to see how you can support their learning now to help them get prepared!

WE'RE HIRING!

Come join us in making a difference for our East Valley kids.

Current Open Positions:


Certificated:


  • School Counselor (East Valley High School)
  • Speech-Language Pathologist (District)


Classified:


  • Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent (District Office)
  • Student Supervision Assistant - 1.75 hours/day (Moxee Elementary)
  • Grounds/Maintenance (Maintenance Department)
  • Paraprofessional (East Valley Central Middle School)
  • Substitute Bus Drivers (Transportation Department)


Coaching:


  • Assistant Baseball Coach (East Valley Central M.S.)
  • Assistant Football Coach (East Valley High School)
  • Assistant Track Coach (East Valley Central M.S.)


For more information and to apply online, visit us at https://www.evsd90.org/apps/pages/jobs

SHARE A STORY WITH US!

If you have a question that you need answered or an idea for a story, don't hesitate to contact us.