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Announcement: 2015-16 Budget Planning Work SessionWith The Board On April 27 From 5:30-6:30pm

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Volunteer Receives Community Leadership Award

Ron Lundy On Thursday, April 23, the Washington Association of School Administrators acknowledged the contributions of a group of school volunteers in the Northwest Washington Region who have demonstrated a level of exemplary service to students and staff. The Blaine School District identified Mr. Ron Lundy for this award. Ron Lundy has been a valued substitute teacher at Blaine Middle School and Blaine High School for over seven years. In the classroom, teachers know they are leaving their students in very capable and talented hands. Students also know they will continue to receive the educational support they need from a caring substitute. In addition to substitute teaching, Mr. Lundy can frequently be found helping out in one way or another on campus. Recently, he provided the narrative for an informational video about the District’s bond initiative. His support and contributions to Blaine School District and youth in our community are very much appreciated.

School Calendar
2015-16 School Calendar Approved

At the March 23, 2015 meeting, the Board of Directors approved the base calendar for the 2015-16 school year (available here). Additions to this calendar, including a "Late Start" schedule and K-8 conferences, will be added once approved by the Board at a later meeting.

New State Assessments Underway

This spring students in Blaine School District will be participating in the new Smarter Balanced state assessments. These assessments are designed to measure student performance relative to the new Washington State Standards (also known as Common Core State Standards) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. The goal of these standards is that our students will be college and career ready by the time they graduate from high school.

In Blaine School District, we emphasize effort, hard work and the importance of having a “Growth Mindset.”  When it comes to state testing, our students’ mindset is very important.  We want our students to work hard and persist through their testing, as we want them to persist and work hard in all their endeavors.  At the same time, we want to help them understand that state tests are only one benchmark that helps paint a picture of how our students are performing. Other measures and evidence are just as important in assessing the development of our kids and our system. The transition to Smarter Balanced Assessments is happening across the state and much of the country.

We recognize that it will likely take time for our schools and students to adjust to the new Smarter Balanced Assessments.  Historically, when new standards are assessed, passing rates range from 20% – 50% in the first year statewide.  For example, in 1997, the state’s first year with the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL), passing rates were only 21-48%.  The first year of implementing a new test comes with challenges. We appreciate parents’ flexibility and understanding as we learn the new tools and re-adjust our expectations.


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 will be held 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.


Bond Initiative Work Underway

Future Campus
On behalf of the Board of Directors, the staff, and especially the students, Blaine School District would once again like to take this opportunity to thank the voters of Birch Bay, Blaine and Point Roberts for their overwhelming support in the February 10 Bond Initiative election. Planning is well underway, with a project manager secured, advertisement for architectural services out and the first round of bonds slated for sale by the end of May. Our patrons are reminded that the bonds will be sold in three $15M increments, with each approximately one year apart. Full completion of all projects committed to with this measure is anticipated for the start of the 2019-20 school year. You can expect to see a more detailed summary of projected project timelines on this website soon.  We are very excited about the range of opportunities that this measure will present for the learning needs of students at all levels of the program!

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.


Mid-Year Review of 2014-15 Comprehensive Plan


Blaine School District administrators presented a mid-year review of the 2014-15 Comprehensive Plan to the Board of Directors at a Work Session on February 23, 2015.  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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