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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

  • Community Forums on Advisory Vote and Possible Bond Issue! Mark your calendars and please attend one of our community forums. Your input is essential to our success.10/17 @ 7:00 p.m., Castle Rock High School10/19 @ 7:00 p.m., Castle Rock Intermediate School10/26 @ 6:00 p.m., Vader City Council10/30 @ 7:00 p.m., Castle Rock Primary School
    Posted Oct 16, 2017, 9:53 AM by Shawna Guest
  • It's Attendance Awareness Month! Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit as soon as kids start school so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work in the future.
    Posted Sep 5, 2017, 4:01 PM by Patty Gelbrich
  • Four Tips to Prepare for School Starting! As parents, we have a key role to play in ensuring our child transition successfully from relaxing, summer fun to school routines. Your involvement in your child’s education is a powerful contributor to his or her success in school and in life. Setting expectations and creating positive habits can go a long way!Here are four simple things parents can do to set their children up for success for the school year.  School time will be here before we know it!  Have you noticed that school supplies are beginning to take over the shelves at our local stores?Get back in the routine. Ease transition from lazy summer days to the structure of the school year by re-establishing ...
    Posted Jul 10, 2017, 2:12 PM by Patty Gelbrich
  • Congratulations Class of 2017! Friday evening was the perfect evening for graduation.  The clouds parted and the heavy downpours took a break while the graduating class of 2017 and their families took part in a lovely graduation ceremony.  Staff from the high school, middle school, and elementary school all were there to help celebrate our graduates.  Julia Collins, Nancy Chennault, and Jim Mabbott had inspirational words for the graduates.  The band played, the choir sang, and a lovely evening was had by all.To quote Dr. Seuss, "Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!" (Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!) Best of luck to the graduating class.  We will miss you!
    Posted Jun 12, 2017, 6:50 AM by Patty Gelbrich
  • Focus Groups - Summary Eighteen focus groups were held in the fall regarding school district, programs, and issues.  We promised to produce a summary report.  It is now available for viewing.  Thanks to all community, families, staff, and students for your involvement and participation.  We appreciate you!  FOCUS GROUP SUMMARY
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 3:04 PM by Patty Gelbrich
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