Good afternoon students, staff, families and community,
This week marks the end of the first week of our second semester at Blaine School District. Next week is a B week, and we are excited to welcome those students who will be returning to the building for hybrid in-person learning for the first time. All families with students who are new to hybrid learning for the second semester should have received an email from their building principal, and if you have additional questions we recommend you visit your schools 2020-2021 school year page for more information.
The high school is working on building its master schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. Pre-registration for current 8th -11th grade students is part of that process. The areas of interest indicated by students during the pre-registration process helps to shape the schedule. The process will take place February 11th through February 19th. Please encourage your students to start thinking about their areas of educational interest, so they can help us plan.
Be On Time and Be Prepared
Our campuses have mentioned some concerns about student attendance and preparedness. We know these times are difficult, and school is so very different. However, it is that difference that makes regular attendance more important than ever. If your student is participating in the hybrid learning model, please make sure you are familiar with the daily schedule and learning expectations and help your student understand the importance of following them. Remember, the school day does not end at 12:20, but rather with additional asynchronous learning in the afternoon. If you have questions about the schedule or expectations, please reach out to your student’s teacher or building administrator. Students also need to be sure to bring their chromebooks fully charged, and we suggest bringing their charger along as well just in case.
Make Real Change
In December and January the school district expanded on what was formerly the Blaine Middle School’s Coin Drive for Blaine Food Bank and launched a new campaign called “Make Real Change”. BMS had been unable to hold ASB elections and bring its student leaders together, but the whole district and the wider community came together and made sure their efforts from past years continued. Staff, students, families, individual community members and local businesses rallied, and I’m pleased to say we raised $7,825 to support our local food bank and the many people in our community they serve. I send a heartfelt thank you to all who participated.
I am so grateful for the many ways our community continues to come together during these difficult times to support one another. It is a great day to be a Borderite, and, as always, a great day to be your superintendent.
Dr. Christopher Granger
Every Student. Every Day. In a New Way!