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Welcome New Certificated Staff! Certificated Staff

Erin Bankston: Kindergarten Teacher, Primary School
Amanda Dahl: 1st Grade Teacher, Primary School
Ken Mundy: 2nd Grade Teacher, Primary School
Kerry Nanninga: Life Skills Teacher, Primary School
Terry Sacks: SLP, Primary School

Tiffany Sheasley: 2nd Grade Teacher, Primary School
Suzanne Thomas: Kindergarten Teacher, Primary School
Susan Alexander: 6th Grade LA/SS Teacher, Middle School

Katie Hollod: Resource Room Teacher, Middle School
Cabe Vander Yacht:  VP, Blaine Middle School

Mark Jones: Resource Room Teacher, High School

Courtney Phillips: Math Teacher, High School
Renee Aho: ALE Teacher, HomeConnection
Shannan Ritter von Trautmann: District Occupational Therapist


Classified Staff Welcome New Classified Staff!

Bill Dodd: Bus Driver
Shelly Miller: Bus Driver
Michele Bennett: Bus Driver
Tracy Kelly: Specialized Associate, Point Roberts
Tami Mikkelson: ALE Secretary, HomeConnection
Beth Sanborn: ALE Specialized Associate, HomeConnection
Adrianne Hanson: Specialized Associate, Primary School

Kelly Tuski: Pre School Specialized Associate, Primary School

Mackenzie Tavis: Pre School Specialized Associate, Primary School

Jennifer Van de Wouwer: Pre School Specialized Associate, Primary School


School Start Time Adjustments Impact Bus Routes and Schedules

With the change of the start time to 8:20am for students in Grades K-5, we will have a number of bus route adjustments across the Blaine School District in 2014-15.  Parents can link to new transportation routes and schedules here.  Please note that it may take a few days, once the school year is underway, for these schedules to settle in, as change ultimately results in a "relearning period" for both students and adults.  The objective of the Blaine School District is to manage bus routes in the safest and most efficient manner possible.  Questions specific to these new route schedules can be directed to our Transportation Office at 332-8933.  Thank you for your patience in this process.

BOARD APPROVES BOND INITIATIVE FOR FEBRUARY 2015 ELECTION

At the August 25, 2014 meeting, the Blaine School District Board of Directors formally approved a resolution addressing the placement of a $45,000,000 Capital Projects Initiative before voters in February of 2015.

In May of this year, a representative group of staff and patrons completed their work specific to consideration of alternatives for addressing both present and future facility needs in the Blaine School District.

High School

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 is now moving forward with a plan targeted at taking care of other critical needs. A list of priority projects, totaling $45,000,000 can be accessed here. Patrons may offer comments regarding the bond initiative via this email link, or may contact the Superintendent's Office directly at 332-5881.


BOARD APPROVES 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR LATE START SCHEDULE

The Blaine School District Board of Directors has approved revisions to the 2014-15 school year calendar. The revised calendar can be accessed here. The revision to the previously approved 2014-15 calendar became necessary for the purpose of adding nine (9) two-hour late start days to the overall schedule. These days (student start time of 10:20am) are being added for conducting staff professional development in response to the increasing number of training requirements specific to a wide range of State mandates. These mandates include continued transition to the new Teacher and Principal Evaluation Program, transition to the Common Core State Standards, and implementation of the new State assessment system. Parents with questions specific to the revised 2014-15 school year calendar should contact the Blaine School District Office at 332-5881.

SUMMARY REPORT ON 2013-14 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN PROGRESS

 At the July 28, 2014 meeting, the Annual Summary Report was presented to the Blaine School District Board of Directors detailing Comprehensive Plan progress for the 2013-14 school year. The Comprehensive Plan represents both District and individual Building/Department work slated for the program year. The integration of Common Core State Standards, new State Assessments, and a new Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project, presented 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 2014-15 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 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 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.


 
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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.

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