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Events Calendar


Seeking Nominations For Teacher of the Year

Annually, the Blaine School District has the privilege of recognizing a certificated, instructional staff member as "Teacher of the Year".  Nominations for this award may be submitted by colleagues, parents, students or patrons of the Blaine School District.  This is our collective opportunity to recognize a staff member who has gone above and beyond to support the needs of both students and colleagues.  If there is a teacher that you would like to nominate as "Teacher of the Year" in the Blaine School District, you are encouraged to submit a one page letter, addressed to Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, not later than Friday, May 2.  Nomination letters may be dropped off in person at the Blaine School District Administrative Office, at 765 H. St.  Thank you in advance for consideration of participation in this exciting process.


Blaine School District Recognizes Outstanding Volunteer


Dorita Gray The Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) annually partners with local school districts to recognize one special volunteer whom has dedicated an exceptional amount of time, energy and talent on behalf of the the education of students.  This years' award recipient in the Blaine School District is Dorita Gray.  For many years, Dorita has worked behind the scenes to assure for the highest level of community support for the Fine Arts Programs of the Blaine School District.  Dorita epitomizes the label of "unsung hero".  We look forward to joining WASA on April 24, in Burlington, as Dorita receives an award for the countless, volunteer contributions that she has made to the program here in Blaine.  Thank you Dorita!

School Board Position remains Open

On Monday, March 24, the Blaine School District Board of Directors took formal action on the resignation of fellow Board member Susan Holmes.  The last official day of Ms. Holmes' service as an elected official will be April 15, 2014. 

The Board of Directors is now initiating solicitation of interest in the soon-to-be vacant position.  There are a total of five Directors in the Blaine School District, each representing a specific geographical area.  The vacated position represents Director District 3, which is generally located in the area of Birch Bay Village, the south Birch Bay area, and Point Whitehorn.  Click here for specific geographic boundaries for Director District 3.

Any resident of Director District 3, who is a US citizen and registered voter, may submit a letter of interest for this vacancy.  The letter of interest should be addressed to the Blaine School District Board of Directors and should include the candidate’s prior experience and qualifying factors for this position.  Letters of interest must be received at the Office of the Blaine School District Superintendent at 765 H Street in Blaine no later than 4:00pm on Friday, April 25 (Revised Date).

The Board of Directors will establish a schedule to interview up to five candidates and will ultimately vote on the appointment of a new Director to serve until the next local election in November of 2015.  At that time, the appointed Director and any other interested candidates will run for the balance (final two years) of the current four-year term.

Anyone interested in learning more about service on your local School Board may attend an informational meeting on April 22 (Revised Date) at 4:00pm in the District Office.  Information can also be found at the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) website.

Those with questions about the process should contact the Superintendent’s Administrative Assistant, Tina Padilla at (360) 332-0711.


2014-2015 Budget work session

The Board of Directors will be meeting April 21st for the purpose of discussing the 2014-15 school year budget.  The evening will include an overview of the financial picture of the district, as well as a presentation of the upcoming fiscal requirements related to the implementation of increased instructional hours, Common Core, and Smarter Balanced Assessments.

There will be an opportunity for staff and the public to share ideas and provide input to the budget process.  The main discussion will center on needs identified by the 2013-2014 fiscal committee.  Those interested in participating are invited to attend the meeting, which will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the district office.

Board to Approve 2014-15 Calendar on April 28

A calendar committee has been working to finalize dates for the 2014-15 school year.  The final calendar for next school year will be submitted to the School Board for approval at the April 28, 2014 meeting.

 

Projected/anticipated dates for the 2014-15 school year include:
  • First Day of School on August 27
  • Winter Break from December 22-January 2
  • Spring Break from April 6-10
  • Last Day of School on June 9

Board Takes Action on Student Schedule Change

In response to a number of new guidelines at the State level, the Blaine School Board addressed a resolution on Monday, March 24, aimed at adjusting all grade levels to a common 8:20am start time in the 2014-15 school year.  In addition, students will resume a 180 school day schedule in 2014-15. For the past 15 years, the Blaine School District has received a waiver of three days annually for the purpose of providing training for staff.  With the loss of “Learning Improvement Days” in 2014-15, consideration will be given to scheduling some late start days for students, as the staff training requirements from the State have become increasingly more demanding.  Click here to view the letter from Superintendent Spanjer which was mailed to all District families with further detail about this schedule change.

Calendar Highlights

Spring has arrived! As we welcome warmer weather, here are some April calendar reminders for our students and parents.

 

  • April 24: Elementary School 5th Grade Concert at 1:30pm
  • April 29: High School Concert at 7:00pm
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Parents are reminded that, beginning with the 2012-13 school year, the Blaine School District moved to an exclusively electronic, web-based calendar format.  This format allows for continuous updates to the program calendar.  The electronic calendar can be found in the left margin on the Blaine School District website.

Science Building Facility Task Force Work Continues

A representative group of staff and patrons is in the process of meeting to consider alternatives for addressing both present and future facility needs in the Blaine School District. The Board of Directors has previously presented for voter consideration a series of measures aimed at taking care of higher cost issues, with the most significant of needs being viewed as a combination of new construction and modernization work at Blaine High School. Bond initiatives were defeated by voters in 2008 and 2011.  Voters passed a much reduced $3,000,000 measure in 2012, which essentially served to rebuild an aging and inadequate science facility, while also addressing some lower cost, but urgent, items. With all existing bonds scheduled to sunset in 2016,
  the Board will now consider options for moving forward with taking care of other priority needs.  The Task Force will submit a report to the Board of Directors in May, with the possibility of formal Board action taken as soon as June.  There has been neither a projected initiative amount nor an election date selected at this time.

Board Discusses Mid-Year Progress on Comprehensive Plan

The Blaine School District Board of Directors reviewed mid-year updates to the 2013-14 Comprehensive Plan during their March 3, 2014 work session with district administrators.  The Comprehensive Plan represents both District and individual Building/Department work slated for the current program year.  The integration of Common Core State Standards, new State Assessments, and a new Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project, over the next two years, will present some uniquely complex challenges across the system.  The staff of the Blaine School District will continue to strive for maximum efficiency in this work, while committing to making those decisions that best assure for higher levels of overall student performance.

Long Range Plan

Standards, Assessment and Evaluation Planning Continues

Expectations remain high for 2013-14 to be a productive year for the students and staff of the Blaine School District.  Specifically, we will continue to see three significant initiatives take shape at the building and classroom levels.

1.  The integration of the highly rigorous "Common Core State Standards" at all grade levels in both Mathematics and English/Language Arts.  To learn more about the Common Core State Standards please visit: http://k12.wa.us/CoreStandards/default.aspx

2.  The initial steps of transition to a new State Assessment System ("Smarter Balanced Assessment") which will align with the new "Common Core State Standards", while placing a higher level of emphasis on incremental measures of student progress.  To access information about Smarter Balanced Assessments please visit:  http://k12.wa.us/SMARTER/default.aspx

3.  The implementation of a new evaluation system for both teachers and principals, with accountability to the verification of consistent academic growth for all students.  Blaine School District has selected the "CEL 5D Framework" evaluation model for teachers and the "AWSP Leadership Framework" model for administrators.  More information about teacher/principal evaluation models can be accessed here:  http://tpep-wa.org/

This overall body of work is easily one of the most ambitious (collective) undertakings being assumed by school districts over multiple decades.  The staff of Blaine School District is up to the challenge, as we continue to aspire to do all that is possible to assure for the highest possible level of positive impact on the academic progress of all students.


 
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