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April 15-16: HS Early Dismissal at 11:50am, Student Led Conferences

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Child safety concern

On Thursday, April 10, the Northern Light Newspaper in Blaine published an article specific to a report that a group of 10 and 11 year old girls were approached earlier in the week, in the late afternoon, by a man who attempted to coerce them into getting into his car. The girls ran from the scene and the incident was immediately reported to the Blaine Police.  Details of the incident can be found in this Northern Light article. The Blaine Police Department has provided some very important guidance specific to the risk of children being approached by strangers.  Child safety remains a priority concern for all in our community.


School Board Position To Open

On Monday, March 24, the Blaine School District Board of Directors took formal action on the resignation of fellow Board member Susan Holmes.  The last official day of Ms. Holmes' service as an elected official will be April 15, 2014. 

The Board of Directors is now initiating solicitation of interest in the soon-to-be vacant position.  There are a total of five Directors in the Blaine School District, each representing a specific geographical area.  The vacated position represents Director District 3, which is generally located in the area of Birch Bay Village, the south Birch Bay area, and Point Whitehorn.  Click here for specific geographic boundaries for Director District 3.

Any resident of Director District 3, who is a US citizen and registered voter, may submit a letter of interest for this vacancy.  The letter of interest should be addressed to the Blaine School District Board of Directors and should include the candidate’s prior experience and qualifying factors for this position.  Letters of interest must be received at the Office of the Blaine School District Superintendent at 765 H Street in Blaine no later than 4:00pm on Friday, April 25 (Revised Date).

The Board of Directors will establish a schedule to interview up to five candidates and will ultimately vote on the appointment of a new Director to serve until the next local election in November of 2015.  At that time, the appointed Director and any other interested candidates will run for the balance (final two years) of the current four-year term.

Anyone interested in learning more about service on your local School Board may attend an informational meeting on April 22 (Revised Date) at 4:00pm in the District Office.  Information can also be found at the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) website.

Those with questions about the process should contact the Superintendent’s Administrative Assistant, Tina Padilla at (360) 332-0711.


2014-2015 Budget work session

The Board of Directors will be meeting April 21st for the purpose of discussing the 2014-15 school year budget.  The evening will include an overview of the financial picture of the district, as well as a presentation of the upcoming fiscal requirements related to the implementation of increased instructional hours, Common Core, and Smarter Balanced Assessments.

There will be an opportunity for staff and the public to share ideas and provide input to the budget process.  The main discussion will center on needs identified by the 2013-2014 fiscal committee.  Those interested in participating are invited to attend the meeting, which will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the district office.

Board to Approve 2014-15 Calendar on April 28

A calendar committee has been working to finalize dates for the 2014-15 school year.  The final calendar for next school year will be submitted to the School Board for approval at the April 28, 2014 meeting.

 

Projected/anticipated dates for the 2014-15 school year include:
  • First Day of School on August 27
  • Winter Break from December 22-January 2
  • Spring Break from April 6-10
  • Last Day of School on June 9
 

TSA Blaine High School CTE Students excel

Blaine High School Students performed well at this year’s Washington Technology Student Association Conference on March 27 – 29, 2014. There were 639 registered participants in the conference representing 44 schools. Nine Blaine students participated in the three day conference. TSA is the only recognized Career and Technical Student Organization dedicated to meeting the needs of STEM students, providing opportunities for leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, and competition.

1st Place: Animatronics- Jesse Bartlett, Brayden Giffen, Alex Tersakian, Joey Winkler
On Demand Video- Jesse Bartlett, Brayden Giffen, Matt Kelly, Aaron Shaw, Alex Tersakian, Joey Winkler

2nd Place: SciVis- Alex Tersakian and Joey Winkler
3rd Place: CNC Production- Jesse Bartlett, Brayden Giffen, Matt Kelly, Alex Tersakian, Jonathan Young Technology Bowl- Greg Arps, Brayden Giffen, Alex Tersakian
4th Place: Computer-Aided Design 3D, Engineering- Jesse Bartlett
5th Place: Music Production- Greg Arps, Matt Kelly, Technology Problem Solving- Cameron Johnson, Jonathan Young

Blaine junior Brayden Giffen was elected to state office, joining five other students from around the state to lead WTSA over the next school year.


Board Takes Action on Student Schedule Change

In response to a number of new guidelines at the State level, the Blaine School Board addressed a resolution on Monday, March 24, aimed at adjusting all grade levels to a common 8:20am start time in the 2014-15 school year.  In addition, students will resume a 180 school day schedule in 2014-15. For the past 15 years, the Blaine School District has received a waiver of three days annually for the purpose of providing training for staff.  With the loss of “Learning Improvement Days” in 2014-15, consideration will be given to scheduling some late start days for students, as the staff training requirements from the State have become increasingly more demanding.  Click here to view the letter from Superintendent Spanjer which was mailed to all District families with further detail about this schedule change.

Calendar Highlights

Spring has arrived! As we welcome warmer weather, here are some April calendar reminders for our students and parents.

 

  • April 15-16: High School Early Dismissal at 11:50am for Conferences
  • April 15-16: Primary School Class Pictures
  • April 17: Elementary School 3rd and 4th Grade Concert at 1:30pm
  • April 18: Elementary School Dance at 6:00pm
  • April 24: Elementary School 5th Grade Concert at 1:30pm
  • April 29: High School Concert at 7:00pm
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Parents are reminded that, beginning with the 2012-13 school year, the Blaine School District moved to an exclusively electronic, web-based calendar format.  This format allows for continuous updates to the program calendar.  The electronic calendar can be found in the left margin on the Blaine School District website.

Science Building Facility Task Force Work Continues

A representative group of staff and patrons is in the process of meeting to consider alternatives for addressing both present and future facility needs in the Blaine School District. 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 will now consider options for moving forward with taking care of other priority needs.  The Task Force will submit a report to the Board of Directors in May, with the possibility of formal Board action taken as soon as June.  There has been neither a projected initiative amount nor an election date selected at this time.

Board Discusses Mid-Year Progress on Comprehensive Plan

The Blaine School District Board of Directors reviewed mid-year updates to the 2013-14 Comprehensive Plan during their March 3, 2014 work session with district administrators.  The Comprehensive Plan represents both District and individual Building/Department work slated for the current program year.  The integration of Common Core State Standards, new State Assessments, and a new Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project, over the next two years, will present 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 2013-14 to be a productive year for the students and staff of the Blaine School District.  Specifically, we will continue to see three significant 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 is easily one of the most ambitious (collective) undertakings being assumed by school districts over multiple decades.  The staff of Blaine School District is 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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