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Schedule Reminder: K-8 Conference Week March 2-6: 12:50pm K-8 Dismissal

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Blaine School Board Positions Open for Election

The Blaine School District’s Board of Directors has positions in the following Director Districts open for election on November 3, 2015:

Director District 1 – includes Point Roberts and downtown Blaine
Director District 2 – includes areas east and southeast of Blaine
Director District 3 – includes Birch Bay Village and Point Whitehorn
Director District 4 – includes the area south of Blaine and parts of east Birch Bay

Anyone interested in filing for the election must be a registered voter residing inside the boundaries of the Director District to be represented. District boundary maps can be linked from the “District Information” tab on this page. The Whatcom County Auditor’s Office can also verify a voter’s Director District (360-676-6742).

Board positions in Director Districts 1, 2, and 4 are four-year terms expiring in 2019. The position in Director District 3 is the remaining two years of a term which expires in 2017.

The filing period for these open positions is May 11-15, 2015. Prospective candidates may file online or in person. The current Directors will hold office until December 2015 and are also eligible to run for re-election. For complete instructions on filing, please visit the “Candidate Information” page linked from the Whatcom County Auditor’s website.

Information about service on your local School Board can be obtained from the following resources:

The Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) website

WSSDA’s “Become a School Board Member Workshops” held at various locations, including Mount Vernon on April 15

 An informational meeting at the Blaine School District Office on April 22 from 3:00-4:00pm

Additional questions may be directed to the Superintendent’s Administrative Assistant, Tina Padilla, at (360) 332-0711.


Kindergarten Registration

Blaine Primary School Kindergarten Registration Day will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm in Blaine Primary School. Your child is eligible to enter kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year if he/she is turning five years old on or before August 31, 2015.  You may visit the primary school anytime during registration day to enroll your child. 

Items you will need to register your child are:  a copy of your child’s birth certificate and updated immunization records.

We look forward to meeting our new fall kindergarten families.  If you have any questions or concerns about kindergarten registration, you may call the Blaine Primary School office at 332-1300.


Thank You Voters

Future Campus

As of February 24, 2015 the final election results, as certified by the Whatcom County Auditor, show Blaine School District's proposed Capital Projects Bond Initiative received 70.16% approval from voters. This level of support is historically high, and well beyond the 60% level required for passage of the measure. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the patrons of Birch Bay, Blaine and Pt. Roberts for their support of their schools, and the students who are educated in our Preschool through Grade 12 classrooms each day. We feel privileged to have the opportunity to make much needed improvements to multiple facilities in the District. In the days and months ahead, we are committed to keeping our constituents informed of the progress that is being made specific to planning for and the delivery of our commitments. These are exciting times in public education, and with your support our students will have an even greater opportunity to maximize their learning potential. 

Sincerely, 

Ronald C Spanjer Ed.D.
Superintendent


Blaine School Board Endorses Two Key Resolutions

On January 24, the Blaine School District Board of Directors passed two resolutions, addressing expectations for the State Legislature, as well as Congress at the Federal level.  The first resolution, which can be accessed for reference here, is in support of the position of the Washington Association of School Administrators, which sends a clear message to the State Legislature that full funding of Basic Education, as directed by the State Supreme Court, needs to be addressed prior to any new initiatives or mandates being put in place. 

The second resolution, which can be accessed for reference here, is in support of the Washington State School Directors Association in directing Congress at the Federal level to move forward with the reauthorization of ESEA/No Child Left Behind.  As it now stands, ESEA/No Child Left Behind is viewed as limiting the work of local school districts in addressing the learning needs of all students.  Nearly 200 School Boards from across the State of Washington have passed a similar resolution.


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.


 
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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