September – The Current
A Successful Start
It’s hard to believe the first month of school has passed, and what a great start it’s been! I’ve enjoyed seeing our buildings full of energetic students, excited to be back with their friends. We are happy to see student enrollment is higher than we had projected. After the past few years, it is so nice to have more students taking advantage of the many types of learning opportunities our district provides.
I would like to extend my gratitude to our operations staff, who worked tirelessly throughout the summer to prepare our buildings and grounds for students and staff. It takes a team effort to provide an excellent atmosphere for quality instruction, and this group plays a vital role in making that happen.
As we head into October, here are a few reminders, recognitions, and important information to support student success.
The MLHS Cross Country team competed in Hawaii, September 10th. The Varsity Women's team placed 5th and Men's team placed 8th out of 35 teams!
'Red Hawks' Logo Reveal
Columbia Middle School is excited to introduce the revised branding and logo for its new mascot, the Red Hawks. Read more here.
Please, do not send your child to school sick!
As we begin the school year, our school nurses want to encourage you to make healthy decisions for your child and our schools. One of the best ways you can help is by keeping your children (or yourself!) home during illnesses.
Children who are ill should be kept home regardless of symptom severity, including cold or flu-type illness. COVID-19 continues to remain prevalent in our community, and our school nurses are observing both COVID and non-covid illnesses in students arriving at school. Please do not send your child to school sick. It's up to all of us to keep our schools healthy and safe for students and staff.
As always, if you have questions, you may contact your school nurse. Thank you for helping us to keep our schools healthy!
Monitor your child's online activity with GoGuardian
We want to help our community ensure their child experiences a safe, healthy, and engaging digital learning environment, wherever learning happens!
The Moses Lake School District uses GoGuardian to help educators filter and manage student activity while online. Our teachers are able to see, in real time, what students are doing on their school district assigned device, open or close tabs, and access the history of where each student has been while online using their school district assigned device.
Now, parents (for students in Grades 3-12) can download the GoGuardian Parent App! GoGuardian Parent provides you control to block and monitor websites, pause access to the internet, and view a timeline of your child’s activity. [These features are only available while your student is on their school district assigned device. Monitoring of personal cell phones, desktop computers or personal Chromebooks will not be monitored.]
Learn more about GoGuardian here.
IT Professionals Day (9/19/22)
We have an amazing team of 15 Tech professionals that support over 8,000 students, 1,200 staff, and 27,000 devices.
From our security, to chromebooks, to phone and internet services, technology devices/equipment, and more– they truly keep our district up and running!
HR Professionals Day (9/26/22)
Our small-but-mighty team of Employee Service professionals play a crucial role in recruiting the amazing teachers and staff in our district. They also manage public record requests, employee benefits, and employee relations. Together, they empower District staff to make a difference in the learning and lives of students in Moses Lake!
Vanguard staff excitedly celebrate the opening of our newest high school to 378 freshmen and sophomores. Students at Vanguard approach core subjects through Mastery-based learning; focused projects rather than separate subject areas.
Plans for a ribbon cutting ceremony and community tours are in preparation.
🏆 SEEKING HOMETOWN HEROES
Looking for a new job with flexible hours and benefits? We offer paid training, no experience required to become a bus driver! Contact our Transportation Department for details or apply below: 509-793-7203 / firstname.lastname@example.org
We're also hiring:
Human Resource Generalist
Join our team and make a difference in your community:
- Welcome, new Student Representatives to the Board; MLHS students Jade Johnson and Colton Sachs.
- MLEA three-year contract approved.
- Mastery Based learning at Vanguard presented.
- ELA Curriculum adoption and implementation update (presentation).
- Enrollment update for MSLD trending upwards, approaching pre-COVID enrollment numbers.
- Policy 3122 passed; Excused and Unexcused Absences.
View the full agenda and meeting minutes on BoardDocs.
Teaching & Learning Team
ON THE HORIZON
National Bullying Prevention Month +
National Principals Month
October 3 – School Custodian & Grounds Appreciation Day
October 6 – Coach Appreciation Day
October 7 – NO SCHOOL (LID Day)
October 10 – National School Lunch Week
October 13 – School Board Meeting, 6pm
October 17 – National School Bus Safety Week
October 27 – School Board Meeting, 6pm
IN THE COMMUNITY
Moses Lake Public Library " NCW Libraries
Public Computers Free Wireless Internet Early Literacy Computers Printer Photocopier Children's Play Area 24-hour Book Return Microfilm Reader Rotating Display Cases Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 1:15pm in the library staff room. Everyone is welcome!= Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 4:30pm in the library.
The only way to avoid the harmful effects of tobacco is to avoid using tobacco all together and avoid areas where you could be exposed to secondhand smoke. If you or someone you know currently uses tobacco, the best option is to quit in order to reduce the risk of developing a tobacco-related disease.
PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center
NBPM held during October; Unity Day is Wednesday, October 19 A month long event to prevent childhood bullying and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. On October 19th, plan to wear and share the color orange - as a tangible representation of the supportive, universal message that our society wants to prevent bullying, and is united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
Moses Lake School District
1620 S. Pioneer Way, Moses Lake, WA 98837
The Moses Lake School District #161 does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boys Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district’s Title IX, Civil Rights, Affirmative Action, and Equal Opportunity officer, Michelle Musso, 1620 S Pioneer Way, Moses Lake, WA 98837, (509) 766-2650, email@example.com; OR Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Samantha Burgess, 1620 S Pioneer Way, Moses Lake, WA 98837, (509) 766- 2670, firstname.lastname@example.org