PASD Staff Newsletter
NEWS & NOTES March 3, 2023
We had another great trip to Olympia for "Day on the Hill 2023". This time, I was joined by School Board Director Jacob Wright, School Board Student Representative Yau Fu, School Board Director Katie Marks, School Board President Sarah Methner, and School Board Vice President Dr. Sandy Long
Check out this news clip from King 5, showcasing the importance of the student voice in our legislation. Our very own Yau Fu is featured in the opening clip!
Our District's Strategic Plan is Complete!
Our plan contains specific goals created through community surveys and focus groups that included staff, students, community members, business owners, and parents. Thank you to all of these contributors! Feedback from these surveys and focus groups contributed to the creation of the Port Angeles Priorities, which are:
- Teaching & Learning
- Social-Emotional Learning
- Dynamic Communication
To read our district's full strategic plan and see what goals will support or priorities in the years to come, visit: https://portangelesschoolsorg.finalsite.com/about/strategic-plan
2023 School Supply Shred Event - Saturday, April 29th
Bring your paper to shred and make a donation. Proceeds from this event will help fund our Back to School Fair held in August, where children in need receive supplies for the 2023-24 school year.
Thanks to our community for supporting this event year after year! Special thanks to our trusty volunteers and 2023's Sponsors: Sound Community Bank, Port Angeles Kiwanis, and Steve Methner-State Farm.
Pictured: AmeriCorps Volunteers Luca Sorensen and Drew Nelson having fun while raising money for school supplies.
PASD Celebrates Read Across America Day
Franklin Elementary staff and students dressed up in their favorite Seuss characters and played "Day of Reading" games with PASD administrators. They also took class time to read their favorite books and had admin guest readers in different classrooms.
Hamilton Elementary students were read to by a special guest appearance from the Cat in the Hat himself!
Jefferson Elementary sixth graders read to younger students and made meaningful connections.
There's one thing for sure in Port Angeles, and it's that students, staff, and families sure do love to read!
NOHN Celebrates New Facility!
Eastside Health Center
1026 E. 1st Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362
The Phantom Tollbooth Comes to Life at Roosevelt Elementary!
Mrs. Matthews decorated her classroom to help excite students and get them ready to read, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.
This novel is a part of the Wit and Wisdom curriculum that helps students study the way we use words to define and organize our world. What a fun adventure!
Caring for Kids Clothing Closet
You can drop off donations at the Lincoln Center from 8am-4:30pm
Doodle for Google!
This year’s Doodle for Google theme is: I am grateful for…
Taking a step back to think about what we’re grateful for can be a great way to take care of our mental health and refocus on what’s most important. What moments, people, places and things are special to you? What or whom can you not imagine living without? What are the things that get you through the day? Our theme this year encourages you to share what you appreciate most.
What is the "Doodle for Google" contest? Doodle for Google is an annual art contest open to students in grades K-12. Students are invited to create their own Google Doodle for the chance to have it featured on Google.com, as well as win some great scholarships and tech packages for their schools.
Why is Google doing this contest? Doodles are meant to surprise and delight people when they visit Google.com. Past Doodles have celebrated some of the most brilliant, talented, and passionate people throughout history. The Doodle for Google contest offers students K-12 an opportunity to display their own Doodle creativity on Google.com and win some awesome prizes while doing it!
How long has Google been doing this contest? We've been hosting the Doodle for Google contest every year in the U.S. since 2008, so this is our fifteenth year. This website shows details for the U.S. only contest, but the Doodle for Google contest takes place in other countries throughout the year as well.
How cool would it be to see a Doodle for Google from a student in the Port Angeles School District?
From the Clallam Resilience Project: What One Educator's Grief Reveals About the Mental Health Challenges Facing Teachers Now
Joshua Modeste is learning how to cope with student loss & anxiety but feels like he's alone. Experts say addressing teacher trauma can aid learning
“If you have to deal with traumatized people all the time and you don’t have the skills, you can try to numb yourself as a way to protect yourself from feeling those feelings... You can also become kind of challenged or jaded, sarcastic as a way to protect yourself. And you can also become very overwhelmed and feel depressed and hopeless."
Kaiser Permanente: Way to Wellbeing Webinar Workshop Series
These workshops are designed for teachers, staff, and administrators.
Healthy staff and teachers are our most valuable resource for creating safe and supportive learning environments. The Way to Staff Well-being in Schools workshop series explores resources and tips to strengthen staff well-being at the individual, collective, and policy levels. Free clock hours are available.
Our foundational course, The Way to Staff Well-being in schools – Creating a Culture of Well-being, will be offered 3:30-5:00pm PST on a bi-monthly basis (repeat):
• March 15, 2023 – Register on PDenroller
• May 10, 2023 – Register on PDenroller
Deep Dive Way to Staff Well-being in Schools. Presented by Kaiser Permanente, subject matter experts and offered 4:00-5:00pm PST:
• February 15, 2023: Mental Health for Educators – Register on PDenroller
• April 19, 2023: Stress Management for Educators – Register on PDenroller
• June 7, 2023: Healthy Habits for Educators – Register on PDenroller
Suicide Prevention and Crisis Resources
PASD is fortunate to have an amazing and supportive team of counselors, family navigators, and behavioral health specialists to assist our students and families. Our schools have support staff available for any staff member or student that needs a safe place to share their feelings or get additional assistance. They are also available as a resource for parents. Our support staff teams also have the ability to refer you to others in the community, if needed.
Did you know our district website has some great resources for you and also suggestions to discuss a tragedy, violent event, or crisis with students? Check it out here: https://www.portangelesschools.org/students/suicide-prevention-and-crisis-resources
Upcoming District Dates
- March 9 - Billy Frank Jr. Day
- March 9 - School Board Meeting, 6pm at Lincoln Center
- March 13 - School In Session for Snow Make-up Day
- March 13 to 17 - AmeriCorps and Classified Employees Week
- March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
- March 20 - First Day of Spring
- March 20 to 24 - School Retirees Appreciation Week
- March 23 - School Board Meeting, 6pm at Lincoln Center
- April 3 to 7 - SPRING BREAK!
- May 5 - School In Session for Snow Make-up Day