Schedule Reminder: No School on Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day)

Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Teacher of the Year!

We are pleased to announce that Tricia Blanco has been selected as 2016-17 Teacher of the Year in the Blaine School District. Tricia was nominated by a total of nine separate staff members, each of whom articulated a highly compelling level of regard, respect and admiration for the work that she does on behalf of students and colleagues as a Speech Language Pathologist. We are so very grateful for the level of skill and dedication that we see from our staff at all levels of the program. It is clear from this overall set of nominations, as well as the informal observations of others, that Tricia consistently epitomizes these qualities in the broad range of roles that she assumes across the system. At the May 22 School Board Meeting, Tricia was also presented with the Educator of the Year award from the Lynden International Masonic Lodge. Congratulations Tricia on this well deserved recognition!

Congratulations BHS/BMS Drama Students!
Out of a competitive 122 statewide high school musical productions, the cast and crew of the BHS/BMS "Seussical The Musical" production has been nominated for "OUTSTANDING LOBBY DISPLAY" by the Seattle 5th Avenue Theater for their educational step-by-step display depicting the process of building "Who" costumes for the drama production in January. The "Seussical The Musical" cast and crew was also given honorable mention for "OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGNS" in competition with schools that have professional adults working on their shows. The winning nominees will be announced on June 12. We are proud of our students' hard work, dedication, and creative talent. Congratulations on a job well done!

Borderite Athletes Shine!

At the May 22 School Board Meeting, eight Blaine High School athletes were recognized for their outstanding sportsmanship during the Spring athletic season. Student athletes were identified for this award by their coaches and included Bryce Kamrath (Soccer), Maharani Prasad and Dalton Mouw (Track & Field), Jackson Bray and Monika Kelly (Golf), Brandon Watts (Baseball), Riley Weinkauf (Softball), and Elaine Kim (Tennis).

Maharani Prasad and Dalton Mouw will also be competing, along with Josie Deming, at the State Track Championships on May 27. Click here to watch the competition live. Good luck and Go Borderites!


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Late Start

Late Start Schedule
Blaine School District has adopted a schedule of late start days during the school year to provide teachers with time for training and professional development. On late start days, buses run 2 hours late and the school day in Blaine begins at 10:20 a.m. A full school year calendar, including reference to the applicable late start schedule, can be accessed here.


Spring Sports

2016-17 School Calendar Updated

The Board of Directors took action on March 6 to approve submittal of a formal request to OSPI for waiver of two lost days of school. Six of the eight days lost to all students in the 2016-17 school year will be made up at the end of the year. We have recently received notice from OSPI that the additional two days lost by all students in Blaine School District on February 8 and February 9 will not have to be rescheduled. The last day of school will be on June 23 and High School Graduation will take place on June 16. Click here to view an updated 2016-17 School Calendar.

2017-18 School Calendar Approved 17-18 Calendar
The Blaine School District Board of Directors has approved the calendar for the 2017-18 school year, including Late Start Days and K-8 Teacher-Parent Conference Days. The first day of school will take place on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 with the final day of school set for Thursday, June 14, 2018. Winter Break will run from December 18, 2017 through January 1, 2018. Spring Break will take place from April 2-6, 2018. The full calendar can be accessed here.

Communicating About 13 Reasons Why

As you may know, many of our students have been watching and talking about a show on Netflix called “13 Reasons Why”. It’s a popular show, especially with middle and high school students. It is rated for mature audiences and references suicide, violence and other adult themes. We want you to know that Blaine School District provides support for families and students and we want to share some resources you may be unaware of.

For viewers of the series:
The JED Foundation provides an overview of the series can be found HERE. They also offer talking points for parents from the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education HERE.

For parents and educators:
Teen Line
Headspace School Support: Guide on How to talk to young people about “13 Reasons Why” HERE

Please reach out to your student’s principal or school counselor if you have any questions or if your child is in need of support.

Kindergarten Registration

2017-18 Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year began on March 9, 2017. Families with new kindergarteners are encouraged to enroll their child at Blaine Primary School as soon as possible for the next school year. The earlier that we can get the process underway, the smoother the transition will be for students, families, and staff in September. We look forward to meeting our new fall kindergarten families. If you have any questions or concerns about kindergarten registration, you may call the Blaine Primary School office at 360-332-1300.

Bright K

The Blaine School District is excited to announce that we will be starting a new summer program that aims to prepare students for kindergarten! Our vision is to provide students with play based learning opportunities that focus on developmentally appropriate academic and social skills, to help ready students for their fall kindergarten experience. We believe that ALL students should have learning opportunities that enable them to begin their year with success and confidence. The program will focus on basic academic skills in literacy and math, as well as “classroom readiness” skills such as how to sit on the carpet and how to play with others.

*Students must meet eligibility that will be determined following Kindergarten screening days in June.

Program Details
● Classes will run July 10-August 17, 2017, Monday -Thursday, 8:30am-12:30pm.
● No cost to attend
● Snack and lunch provided
● Transportation available

If you think your child would benefit from this program…
● Please contact the Primary School Office (360) 332-1300.
● Fill out the interest form found on the parent flyer (link or in your registration packet) and drop it off at the Primary School Office by June 15.
● Please check the mail for your invitation to the June Kindergarten screening. Information gathered at this time will help determine eligibility for the summer program.

*If you haven’t registered your kindergartener for next year, please come to the Primary School Office as soon as you can. We look forward to meeting you!

Capital Projects Update

Blaine High School Construction Progress

The first of a three-phase construction project at Blaine High School is well underway and making good progress. Although winter weather caused some delay, crews have been working diligently to stay on track with the plan to complete Phase I in August of 2017. The new building's brick walls should be completed before the end of March. Ironworkers are erecting steel, roofers are beginning their work overhead, and framing of the interior walls has begun. The Horticulture program has already moved into the completed greenhouse. When our high school students return from summer break, they will have access to a new cafeteria, a small theatre, CTE shop, and additional classroom space as well as new tennis courts. Staff and students have a front row seat to watch this new building take shape, and we all look forward to the expanded educational opportunities that will be available in the new facility.

Phase II, which includes a two-story classroom building connecting Phase I to the Science Building, will be underway in late June of 2017, and will take approximately 14 months to complete. Phase III, which includes renovation of the library and office areas, will be underway in June of 2018.

As we wait to determine the full scope of available funding, the BHS stadium design is being reviewed to identify alternatives that will address facility needs. The timeline for consideration and future construction is not currently defined, but would likely represent a 4th phase in the construction of the high school.

We continue to look forward to students and staff being provided with a safe, responsive, adaptive, and inspiring facility that ultimately serves to support both individual and collective teacher and learner needs and interests.

Mid-Year Updates to Program Improvement Plans
The "Board & Superintendent Focus" section of the 2016-17 Comprehensive Plan has been updated to provide progress information on goals for program improvement at the district level. Mid-year progress reports for each school will be provided as an attachment to the Regular Board Meeting agendas for January, February, March, and April. These agendas can be linked from the plan document. The Comprehensive Plan addresses specific on-going academic goals and related action plans as well as the issues of student discipline and attendance, graduation rates and the new 24-credit requirements, and our current construction work. The staff of the Blaine School District continues to strive for maximum efficiency in this work, while committing to making those decisions that best assure for higher levels of overall student performance.
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Standards, Assessment and Evaluation Planning Continues

Expectations remain high for 2016-17 to be a productive year for the students and staff of the Blaine School District.  Specifically, we will continue to see three significant state directed initiatives take shape at the building and classroom levels.

1.  The continued 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 transition to a new State Assessment System ("Smarter Balanced Assessment") which aligns 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 has easily represented one of the most ambitious (collective) undertakings being assumed by school districts over multiple decades.  The staff of Blaine School District remains 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.

Community Fliers Available Online

Blaine School District works with community nonprofit organizations and government entities to provide information to families about not-for-profit services for students. These include sports programs, youth organizations, youth-oriented activities, etc.

Informational fliers, which were previously distributed during classroom time, will now be available at the new Community E-Fliers web page.  E-fliers give families ready access to a variety of local resources that have social, recreational or educational value for students. Hard copies of these fliers may also be available to pick up in school offices. The Community E-Fliers web page can be accessed using the link in the left column or by clicking here.

Community Information
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Blaine School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, pregnancy, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular school activities. Inquiries regarding compliance procedures may be directed to the school district's Title IX Officer and/or Section 504 coordinator. Our Title IX Officer, Christine Anderson, and the Section 504 Coordinator, Randy Elsbree, can be reached at 360-332-5881 or 765 H Street, Blaine, WA 98230.  Policy #3210.