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Classified Employee of the Year

Congratulations to our 2015-16 Classified Employee of the Year, Diane Nymeyer, who was honored on the last day of school at the annual Employee Recognition Tea. As a Middle School Secretary, Diane works hard to provide information, to manage the often chaotic environment of the school office, and to assist in any way needed, all while maintaining a sense of humor. She is sensitive to the needs of both students and staff and she looks for ways to get them the help that they need. Thank you, Diane, for going above and beyond the call of duty in your work. Your commitment and dedication are very much appreciated!

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 Primary School Office will be closed for the summer after June 24. Families who have yet to register their child for the 2016-17 school year 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!


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Blaine High School Project Moves Forward

Overall design development for both new construction and modernization on the Blaine High School Campus has been completed and construction on the first of three phases is scheduled to begin during the summer. The Board of Directors reviewed the individual bids of four separate contractors on June 8, 2016, and found the totals for the base project to be in the range of 15-17% higher than estimated. It would appear that we have lost some of the competitive edge in the bidding process because contractors and sub contractors are busy with multiple school projects in Whatcom County, as well as other major construction work. The good news is that the Board was able to accept the base bid, maintain the intended integrity of the core educational facility, and keep construction on target to be initiated this summer and completed for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The challenge, as we move forward, will be the re-design of the grandstand facility in an effort to secure an updated bid that falls within the scope of funding that will ultimately be available for this portion of the overall project.

Staff and students have shared 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. We have taken 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. 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. Future Blaine High School students will have access to technological learning resources and 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. We look forward to being able to provide our students and staff with a safe, responsive, adaptive, and inspiring facility that ultimately serves to support both individual and collective teacher and learner needs and interests.


 

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2016-17 School YEAR Calendar SET

The Blaine School District Board of Directors has approved the calendar for the 2016-17 school year, including Late Start Days and Teacher-Parent Conference Days. 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.


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.