Superintendent Bahr Newsletter
May 4 -15
Welcome to May 2020
Dear Eatonville School Community:
This bi-monthly newsletter will give our community updates as we look to the end of our school year in June. This week we thank our amazing certificated teachers as they have been so creative, encouraging and striving everyday to meet the needs of each child. CONGRATULATIONS!
During this time, our commitment to our students and families remains strong. We are centering our efforts on key priorities, including:
- Providing equitable access: we will try to ensure that all students have a device and if possible access to the internet to engage with learning. If they do not, we will work hard to try to provide it. Remote learning is designed to be flexible and accessible. Please contact your Principal if you are still needing assistance in this area.
- Ensuring seniors graduate: we are tracking the progress of all seniors and working so that all graduate on time according to their educational plan. Many thank you’s to our High School Administrators and Counseling staff and secretaries.
- Supporting student well-being: we know that social connection with classmates is key to student mental health. This includes creating opportunities for all students to engage with their peers and teachers. In addition, we know that the current circumstances have been challenging for many of our families. We are providing Nutrition and other supports to ensure our students and their families have what they need. Eatonville Mental Health Team Newsletter
- Preparing students for the next level: Teachers have identified key learning targets for the fourth quarter to prepare all students for the next grade level, with particular attention to literacy and math at the elementary and middle school levels.
We know that many of you have been busy engaging with your child’s teacher and we are so proud of you. The guidance from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) was used to in tandem with our original plans and engagement strategies. Our approach accounts for the diverse circumstances our students are experiencing. It also gives students the opportunity to work toward subject mastery over the course of the remaining academic year and into next fall if necessary.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released guidance for districts regarding grading.
Here is a summary of what the rules mean for your students at Eatonville High School:
- Student grades will not be negatively impacted as a result of the March 17 building closures or of continuous learning through the end of the 2019–20 school year.
- Districts will continue using grades as a means of communicating student progress and determining high school credit (RCW 28A.150.240). The new rules prohibit the use of pass/fail grading systems for high school courses that meet graduation requirements (unless indicated in a student IEP). EHS Advisory grades will continue to be pass/fail.
- Students who are engaging in the learning opportunities provided each week will see their grades improve throughout the closure. All students, including students who were failing on March 17, have every opportunity to improve their grades significantly.
- No student will receive a failing grade for any class during the COVID-19 closure period. However, students who do not complete their courses or who are not yet proficient may be given an “Incomplete.” An “F” grade will still show up in the gradebook until final semester grades are issued. At that time, they will be converted to an “Incomplete.” In such instances, a plan for course completion will be developed and followed.
- Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 accommodations will continue to be provided. Please contact your student’s case manager.
Additionally, I would like to share some important news and resources:
- Nutrition Services: I would like to remind everyone that any child 18 and younger, and special education students up to the age of 21, is eligible for free meals prepared by our Nutrition Services department.
Meal Service will be near the front entrance of these schools.
Eatonville Middle School 11:00-12:00
Weyerhaeuser Elementary School 11:30-12:30
Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy 12:00-1:00
To end this week, just sharing some photos of Spring: Look around us!! Things are changing!
We are doing this weekly (so it should look familiar). Thanks!
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
Principal Appreciation Day May 1
Weyerhaeuser Elementary School Wildcat Story Submission
School Lunch Heroes May 1
Lunch Service May 4
Reusable lunch bags were handed out today.
ESD PE Google Sites
WES - Mrs. Hatler (permissions may be required)
EES - Mr. Wyrick (permissions may be required)
EMS - Mr. Danielson (permissions may be required)
For the most up-to-date information for th Eatonville School District. (This is to include new information, closure information, cancelled events, Gov. Inslee updates, etc.)
Food Drive for the Eatonville Family Agency and Bethel Family Center
Pierce County Health Department
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