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It is hard to believe that we are already about to end the second month of a new calendar year.  It seems like yesterday when we were greeting students for a new school year!


This past fall, we welcomed 18 new teachers to the district for this school year.  We have a new Director of Human Services, Darcy Rourk, and she is determined to retain as many of our current staff as possible and to recruit the best teachers we can find for our future.  We also have a great support staff and we will do the same to recruit and maintain the best staff possible.  Our kids deserve it!


Our Business Manager, Erin Thompson, has launched the budget process for the 2017-18 school year.  This year, our Directors, Principals, Assistant Principals and Department Managers will be developing their budgets from scratch and defending them in front of our District Office administrators.  From those meetings, our 2017-18 proposed budget will be created.  


As you may know, this is an important year for the Washington State Legislature. There are two big issues looming in this session- McCleary (fully funding K-12 public education) and the issue of local levies to support what the state is not providing in funding our schools.  The prevailing opinion in the state is that the Legislature will develop some plan that will increase available funding for K-12.  However, the two parties are having difficulty playing nice in the sandbox in Olympia.  Stay tuned…


Our Director of Teaching and Learning, Patty Gelbrich, has been working with our administrative and teaching staff to have all lesson planning based upon the Washington State Learning Standards.  We are making good progress on this project and will continue to improve.  She also has staff (and Board members) looking at pertinent student data for real time and future planning.


We have formed a team to develop a Strategic Plan for the District.  We will not make progress unless we know where we are and where we are going.  This plan, which will be eventually approved by the Board, will be our compass as we move forward to providing the best possible education for each and every one of our students.  The team members are: 


Each teacher in our District now has a teacher web page in place for parents to be able to see what their student is working on in that class and what the assignments are for the week or day.  To see those, go to our District website, click on schools at the top and pick one.  On the front page of each school area is a list of clickable items.  Click on 'teacher web pages' and it will take you to a page where you can choose a teacher(s) to see their page.  I encourage all parents to take a look at these.  

The Town Crier newspaper has contacted me and wants to cover our District on a regular basis.  We have requested to provide a student reporter and they have agreed!  That student will write an article about the schools/District approximately twice a month.  Watch for it!


Superintendent News

  • Summer is Approaching!   Well, summer time is approaching.  Our graduates leave us today, and school end is around the corner.  I have two questions for you...  First, have you thought about things to do to keep up your child's learning and avoid the summer slide?  If not, keep reading...  Next, what are some ideas for you to do as a family - just for fun?  Well, this article is for you!SUMMER LEARNING:  Avoid the summer slide!!!  Under the parent tab on our website you will find a page titled SUMMER LEARNING.  Many ideas can be found on that page!  Check it out.SUMMER FUN FOR THE FAMILY AROUND PORTLAND:  Portland, our nearest major city, is a short drive away and filled with ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2018, 6:41 AM by Patty Gelbrich
  • Testing Time... Our spring statewide testing schedule is in full swing for students in grades 3 and up.  You play an important part in helping students give their best performance on this important test. As you know, we have been busy preparing and reinforcing the skills necessary for students to demonstrate their learning. Even though this assessment is a snapshot—one single perspective on one day in time – it is important that our students have every advantage to do their very best. We don’t want to cause test anxiety, rather we want our students to be as prepared as possible and show what they know. There are many ways in which you can help your child put his/her best foot ...
    Posted May 11, 2018, 10:19 AM by Patty Gelbrich
  • Bond Election - April 24 Great news!  Thanks to our incredibly supportive communities, our two-year levy passed on Tuesday, February 13.  The final count was a strong 66% yes!  As always, we pledge to be excellent stewards of the public funds and stretch every dollar to meet the needs and goals of our students.  As you may recall, the new 2019-20 tax rate for the levy will be $1.50 per thousand of assessed value.  That is a drop from the 2017 listed rate of $2.63 and will remain lower even if the state incorporates any new taxes.  Our School Board, following the work and recommendations of a 45 member community committee, has voted to place a bond issue on the April ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2018, 8:44 AM by Jim Mabbott
  • Levy Information... We have made great strides to strengthen the school district/cities/communities partnerships within the Castle Rock School District. These partnerships are critical as we work together; quoting our Mission Statement: "Together we inspire pride and achievement for all through relevant learning and great expectations." Our students need this levy to continue the improvements that we are seeing every day.Ballots for the Castle Rock School District levy election have arrived by mail. The current levy is set to expire in 2018. The new levy will be for two years and will cover 2019 and 2020.In 2017, legislation was passed that requires all school district levies in the state to not exceed $1.50 per thousand of assessed value ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 2:50 PM by Patty Gelbrich
  • Castle Rock School District Advisory Vote UPDATE:  Final Vote Count was: Adjacent to the current High School campus 63%;  Adjacent to the current Elementary School campus 37%.      Castle Rock School District has an Advisory Vote question for its citizens on the ballot for November 7. The question involves where the District should place a new Middle school -as most of you know, the current Middle School has outlived its life according to all building experts, students, parents and staff. It is estimated that renovation would cost 150% more on that building than new construction. We plan on building a new Middle School either next to the current High School or the current Elementary School campus. Please read the pros and cons of each site identified by ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2018, 12:09 PM by Shawna Guest
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