September News

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The September Newsletter has lots of Information, but please take a few minutes to read the news and learn about important updates and schedule changes.

Fall Testing Schedule

IMPORTANT SCHEDULE CHANGE! No regular classes Oct 11 and 12.

On October 11 and 12 we will be doing required state testing in ELA, Math, and Science. There will be no regular OCEAN classes on those days. Onlys students in grades 4-9, and 11-12 will be testing. Grades 6, 9 and 12 will have 2 days of testing. Students will attend on the below scheduled days for testing.

Monday, October 11

  • Grades 5 and 7, 8:30-11:30am, Math and ELA
  • Grade 6, 8:30-11:30am, Math and Science
  • Grades 9 and 12, 12:00-1:30 pm, ELA
  • Grade 11, 12:00-3:00pm, ELA and Math

Tuesday, October 12

  • Grade 4, 8:30-11:30 am, Math and ELA
  • Grade 6, 8:30-10:00 am , ELA
  • Grades 9 and 12, 12:00-3:00 Math and Science

Make-up tests will be scheduled for Fridays in October. OCEAN students are required to participate in testing.

This fall testing is required because no Washington State Schools did state testing last spring. Students will be testing on previous grade level standards and will provide teachers with useful data to plan for your student's learning and goals this year. We will also participate in spring testing.

Students should bring a book or quiet independent activity. We will take a recess and snack break between testing sessions for students with more than one test scheduled in a day.

STAR Progress Monitoring

The week of October 4 students in grades 3-12 will participate in STAR progress monitoring assessments to provide us with baseline data about student performance. The assessment will happen during regular ELA and math class times. In combination with other classroom data and state assessment data STAR assessments help us understand the next steps for supporting your student's learning.

OCEAN Office and New Secretary

The OCEAN K-12 school office is now located in portable 901. The office is where you can find both Principal Sarah Rubenstein and our new OCEAN and Online Program Secretary Sheana Walvante. Feel free to say hi on your way to or from class.

Sheana Walvante will work Tuesday-Friday 8:05am-1:45pm. She can be reached at or 360-379-4272.

Sheana is now the first point of contact for all OCEAN families for any office, paperwork, or student registration matters.

If there is an urgent matter outside of Sheana's working hours you can call the Blue Heron office 360-379-4540.

Senior Graduation Info Session, October 19

The first of two Senior meetings will be held on October 19th, 11:10am in the PTHS auditorium. Any students who plan on participating in the PTHS graduation ceremony will need to attend. If a student is not able to attend because of scheduling conflicts, email Sarah Rubenstein to get the information, deadlines and packets they will need.

Students will be learning about Senior Project requirements in the coming weeks.

Volunteer Help Wanted

A few opportunities to improve the appearance of our school:

  • Clean and paint OCEAN cubbies.
  • Spruce up the OCEAN office to make it more warm and inviting.

Contact Sheana if you are interested in volunteering: or 360-379-4272.

Upcoming Field Trips

October 1, Tracking the Dragon Trip #1

October 22, Tracking the Dragon Trip #2

Families receive information from their conferencing teacher, if you need a permission slip, see Daniel.

Alternative Learning Experiences (ALE) Work Group

The ALE Work Group will be meeting 14 times this school year to begin work on the suggested considerations from the OCEAN Study.

Meetings will be on Mondays from 3:30-5pm and will be held over Zoom for the start of the year at least. The first meeting is October 4. If you would like to be involved in this work group please email Sarah Rubenstein, Updates from the work group will be shared with the OCEAN community throughout the school year.

Message From ORCA

Congratulations on the first few weeks of school! The O.C.E.A.N. Resource and Community Alliance (O.R.C.A.) welcomes all new and returning families. We are so happy and grateful to be working with the new principal, Sarah Rubenstein. Her partnership with O.R.C.A. and support of a thriving learning community is a valuable asset to our school.

Please join us for the first monthly O.R.C.A. meeting of the school year on Monday, October 4, 7-8:30 pm. Meet the current team and discover opportunities to engage in the O.C.E.A.N. community: parent led enrichment programs, community building, fundraising, and more. Look for an email sent to all parents with the Zoom link or contact directly.

Mark your calendars for the annual "Bike-A-Thon,'' which begins at 1 pm on Tuesday, October 5th, at the beginning of the Larry Scott Trail. This event raises funds to help make field trips affordable, to set up a scholarship fund for students who otherwise would be unable to attend field trips, to bring in art and science docents and to help with a variety of other OCEAN programs. Volunteers make it extra fun, contact ORCA to learn more. Here's to a wonderful school year!

In community,

O.R.C.A. Team
Kim Jacoban, Bridgette Ramsey, Zhaleh Almaee, Amber Jones, and Heather McRae-Woolf


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