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Schedule Reminder: November 20, 21, 24 & 25: K-8 Early Release at 12:50pm
November 26: K-12 Early Release at 12:50pm

Events Calendar


Parent and Teacher Conferences

Fall conferences with the parents of students in Grades K-8 are scheduled to get underway on Thursday, November 20. These formally scheduled discussions provide an opportunity for parents to learn more about their child's academic progress. Parents are encouraged to work collaboratively with teachers to discuss strategies and set goals to support and monitor their child’s learning targets for the current school year. The value of these discussions with parents, and in many cases the students themselves, is extremely important to the overall learning process.  We want to take this opportunity to thank our parents for their commitment to attending these conferences.

November 20, 21, 24 & 25: K-8 Early Release at 12:50pm
November 26: K-12 Early Release at 12:50pm


Congratulations Coach Foster

Craig Foster Blaine High School Wrestling Coach Craig Foster was recently inducted into the Washington State Wrestling Hall of Fame.  At a ceremony earlier this month, held in Vancouver, Washington, Coach Foster was recognized for decades of unselfish service to student athletes in the Blaine School District.  His overall program has consistently been of the highest caliber and  integrity, as he has so successfully supported the needs and nurtured the skill set of literally hundreds of students.  We applaud Coach Foster for this outstanding accomplishment and thank him for all that he has done, and continues to do, for our students.  Nicely done Coach! It is truly great to be a Borderite!!

Next Late Start Day is Monday, December 1 

During the 2014-15 school year, there are a total of nine (9) two-hour late start days scheduled for the purpose of teacher training. Students on the Blaine campus will start school at 10:20am, with students at Pt. Roberts Primary starting school at 11:10am. Bus routes will be adjusted accordingly. Parents may access a calendar specific to the scheduling of all nine (9) late start days here. Students desiring to have breakfast upon their arrival may check in at the cafeteria.

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.

 

Replacement Bond Initiative Planned for February 2015 Election

Voters in the Blaine School District can expect to see a ballot measure in February 2015 that addresses urgent needs in local school buildings. The $45,000,000 capital bond request would make it possible to address the problems of a severely outdated facility at Blaine High School. Other facility improvements and security enhancements would also be addressed throughout the district.

High School

The $45,000,000 initiative comes at a favorable time financially for district taxpayers since existing bonds will be paid off. If approved by the voters, payment on the new bonds would be made without having to increase the current bond tax amount. The tax rate per thousand is expected to stay at the 2014 amount, and then go down each year as new homes and businesses are built in the district.

The urgent needs this bond measure would address include:
• Improved classrooms for career and technical education
• Significant safety and security improvements
• Seismic retrofitting
• Reduction of overcrowding
• Updated infrastructure for technology
• Modernized heating and cooling systems
• Protecting activity space from cold windy weather
• Play area safety improvements
• Space for full day instructional time at all grade levels

A complete list of all the projects included in the bond proposal can be accessed here. Patrons may offer comments regarding the bond initiative via this email link, or may contact the Superintendent’s Office directly at 332-5881.

 

BOARD APPROVES 2014-15 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN


The Blaine School District Board of Directors took formal action on the 2014-15 Comprehensive Plan during their October 27, 2014 regular meeting.  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, 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 2014-15 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 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 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.

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