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Schedule Reminder: Learning Improvement Day on Monday, May 2nd (No School)

 

Little Angel

 

1st state award winner in visual arts

Blaine High School Junior Lauren Kordas has received the "Judge's Choice" award at OSPI's statewide Annual High School Art Show. The award ceremony will take place on May 20th in Olympia. Her painting "Little Angel" is now part of OSPI's permanent collection and will be on display in the entryway of OSPI's office building in the state capitol.

Congratulations Lauren!


Winter Athletes2016
Board Recognizes Student Athletes
On Monday, April 25, the Board of Directors recognized a number of student athletes for their accomplishments during the winter sports season. Sportsmanship Awards were received by Anthony Frey (Wrestling), Daphne Pugh (Cheer), Lauren Kordas (Girls Basketball), and Tyler Luce (Boys Basketball). In addition, members of the Wrestling Team were acknowledged for their individual accomplishments at the State Tournament in February. These students included Caleb Frey, Anthony Frey, Derreck Camba, Saul Magallon, and Riley Fritsch.

Teacher Appreciation


Blaine Teachers Are Appreciated!

May 2-6 is Teacher Appreciation Week across the Nation. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize the outstanding certificated instructional staff in the Blaine School District. Our teachers provide opportunities for students to connect with the world around them, develop basic skills for success in life and work, experience the realization of high expectations and the fulfillment of steps toward achievable goals. We applaud our certificated staff for the incredible work that they do with students from our collective communities.

BHS Theatre Arts Club Presents:
"Rising Ashes-The Hans J. Massaquoi Story"

Blaine Performing Arts Center
7:00 p.m. on May 5 & 6
$5.00 at the door


Save the Date! Two Days ONLY! The BHS Advanced Theater Arts students will present the docu-musical, “Rising Ashes: The Hans J. Massaquoi Story” featuring Nathan Smith—the Washington State Musical Male Soloist of the Year—in his Senior farewell! Come hear the amazingly true and hopeful story of how Hans J. Massaquoi grew up being mixed race African/German during Hitler’s Nazi regime…and survived the Holocaust! Seventeen students are producing this work and submitting it to the Seattle 5th Avenue Theater competition! Ticket sales will support the Theater Arts program.

Rising Ashes

Primary School Addition to Support Early Learning Emphasis

With 10,000 sq. ft. of new classroom space scheduled to be fully operational when school opens in the Fall of the 2016-17 school year, we are very excited about the learning opportunities that our Kindergarten students will experience. Next year will launch our initial transition into providing a full day of instruction for all students in Kindergarten. As students, families and staff adjust to students at this level being in school for the equivalency of ninety (90) additional days each year, there have been many questions surfacing specific to what will look different in terms of academic and social experiences. The state of Washington, and more specifically the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), have sought to develop a guide for staff and parents aimed at better defining the full scope of opportunities that these students will experience in the formal school setting. We want to provide a link to the "Washington State Full-Day Kindergarten Guide" and hope that you will take a moment to peruse what this new educational endeavor is intending to provide for all students. The initial round of Kindergarten registration took place on March 10, and families who have yet to register their child are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. The new school year promises to be an exciting one for both school and community. Your investment will indeed make an incredible difference for these students and their learning!


BPS Addition

Blaine High School Design Development Moves Forward
Overall design development for both new construction and modernization on the Blaine High School Campus is well underway. Staff and students are sharing in the excitement of watching the details unfold, as we seek to assure that the overall facility serves to support future learning expectations for students in Grades 9-12. While projecting into the distant future can be a significant challenge, what we do know is that our students and staff are in need of a safe, responsive, adaptive, and inspiring facility that ultimately serves to support both individual and collective teacher and learner needs and interests. We must take into consideration the fact that all students will soon be expected to acquire an expanded number of credits in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, the Arts, and World Languages. We must also account for the expectation that, for many students, these credits will be acquired through the completion of coursework in Career and Technical Education as they seek to gain early technical skills in areas of personal interest. Finally, we must assure that students have access to the most current technological learning resources. Information is highly accessible in all disciplines, and it is our objective to account for each and every student having the ability to link to information in the most efficient manner possible. Blaine High School is poised to remain a model for purposeful, engaged and effective learning. The first of three phases of construction will break ground this summer. We can't wait to get started!

 

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16-17 Calendar

2016-17 School YEAR Calendar SET

The Blaine School District Board of Directors has approved the base calendar for the 2016-17 school year. School will start on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, with the final day of school set for Thursday, June 15, 2017. Winter break will run from December 19, 2016, through January 2, 2017. Spring Break will take place from April 3-7, 2017. The full calendar can be accessed here. Late Start Days and Teacher-Parent Conference Days will be added following the May 23 Board meeting.


Mid-Year Review of 2015-16 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Blaine School District administrators presented a mid-year review of the 2015-16 Comprehensive Plan to the Board of Directors at a Work Session on February 22, 2016. 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 the new Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project presents 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.
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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.


Standards, Assessment and Evaluation Planning Continues
 

Expectations remain high for 2015-16 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 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.