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Schedule Reminder: No School During The Week Of April 3-7 (Spring Break)

 


Blaine School Board Positions Open for Election
The Blaine School District's Board of Directors has the following two positions open for election on November 7, 2017.

Director District 3 - includes Birch Bay Village and Point Whitehorn
Director District 5 - includes Semiahmoo and some northern areas of Birch Bay

These open Board positions are four-year terms expiring in 2021. 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 (360-778-5100).

The filing period for these open positions is May 15-19. Prospective candidates may file online, by mail, or in person. The current Directors will hold office until December 2017 and are also eligible to run for re-election. Complete instructions on filing can be found at the Whatcom County Auditor's website. All candidates are encouraged to review the Auditor's Candidate Filing Guide for detailed election information. 

To learn more about service on your local School Board, visit the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) website. An informational meeting is scheduled at the Blaine School District Office on Thursday, April 27, at 3:30pm. Please contact the District Office at 360-332-5881 for more details.

17-18 Calendar

2017-18 School Calendar Approved
At the March 27, 2017 meeting, the Board of Directors approved the base calendar for the 2017-18 school year. The first day of school will take place on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 with the final day of school set for Thursday, June 14, 2018. Winter Break will run from December 18, 2017 through January 1, 2018. Spring Break will take place from April 2-6, 2018. 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.


 

K12 Alerts Information
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NWCA Link

Late Start
Late Start Schedule
Blaine School District has adopted a schedule of late start days during the school year to provide teachers with time for training and professional development. On late start days, buses run 2 hours late and the school day in Blaine begins at 10:20 a.m. The next late start day will take place on Monday, April 17. A full school year calendar, including reference to the applicable late start schedule, can be accessed here.


2016-17 School Calendar Updated

The Board of Directors took action on March 6 to approve submittal of a formal request to OSPI for waiver of two lost days of school. Six of the eight days lost to all students in the 2016-17 school year will be made up at the end of the year. We have recently received notice from OSPI that the additional two days lost by all students in Blaine School District on February 8 and February 9 will not have to be rescheduled. The last day of school will be on June 23 and High School Graduation will take place on June 16. Click here to view an updated 2016-17 School Calendar.


Kindergarten Registration

2017-18 Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year began on March 9, 2017. Families with new kindergarteners are encouraged to enroll their child at Blaine Primary School as soon as possible for the next school year. The earlier that we can get the process underway, the smoother the transition will be for students, families, and staff in September. 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 360-332-1300.

 

Kindergarten Corner

This month's Kindergarten Corner centers around literacy. As foundational steps, our kindergarten classes have had a focus of basic letter identification and sounds. As we continue to progress, we are blending letters and sounds, making words, and using those words to build sentences. We are also working hard on recognition of sight words which, in Kindergarten, are called “Popcorn” words. Our teachers are developing literacy centers that build and strengthen the range of ability in each classroom. On our Learning Improvement Day, January 30th, teachers spent time organizing their classroom and grade level libraries. Teachers sorted their books into various reading levels and genres to assist students in making choices in their book selections (successful level, at instructional level, challenging level). It may appear at times that your child's take-home reading book is too easy for them, but they are working on additional skills such as decoding, comprehension and fluency. Our district has provided over 300 new books to each kindergarten classroom this year which will enhance their small and large group instruction as well as their take-home reading activities.

Kindergarten

Capital Projects Update


Blaine High School Construction Progress

The first of a three-phase construction project at Blaine High School is well underway and making good progress. Although winter weather caused some delay, crews have been working diligently to stay on track with the plan to complete Phase I in August of 2017. The new building's brick walls should be completed before the end of March. Ironworkers are erecting steel, roofers are beginning their work overhead, and framing of the interior walls has begun. The Horticulture program has already moved into the completed greenhouse. When our high school students return from summer break, they will have access to a new cafeteria, a small theatre, CTE shop, and additional classroom space as well as new tennis courts. Staff and students have a front row seat to watch this new building take shape, and we all look forward to the expanded educational opportunities that will be available in the new facility.

Phase II, which includes a two-story classroom building connecting Phase I to the Science Building, will be underway in late June of 2017, and will take approximately 14 months to complete. Phase III, which includes renovation of the library and office areas, will be underway in June of 2018.

As we wait to determine the full scope of available funding, the BHS stadium design is being reviewed to identify alternatives that will address facility needs. The timeline for consideration and future construction is not currently defined, but would likely represent a 4th phase in the construction of the high school.

We continue to look forward to students and staff being provided with a safe, responsive, adaptive, and inspiring facility that ultimately serves to support both individual and collective teacher and learner needs and interests.



Blaine Primary School Opens With Capital Improvements Complete

Construction work was completed just in time for students to arrive on the first day of the 2016-17 school year. The community’s investment in this educational facility is poised to make an incredible difference for our students and their learning!

  • The new music room, located in what was formerly an outdoor covered area, now provides students with expanded opportunities to make joyful noise throughout the school year.
  • Our K-2 students are able to play at recess in a fully enclosed and covered 7000 sq. ft. area during inclement weather. This area also provides supplemental instructional space.
  • Approximately 145 Kindergarten students arrived on September 6, 2016 for their first full day of school. The recently completed classroom wing provides the necessary space to accommodate our new full-time Kindergarten program.
  • The additional classroom wing also provides reciprocal space allowing us to facilitate a Head Start program for Blaine families.
PS Addition


Mid-Year Updates to Program Improvement Plans
The "Board & Superintendent Focus" section of the 2016-17 Comprehensive Plan has been updated to provide progress information on goals for program improvement at the district level. Mid-year progress reports for each school will be provided as an attachment to the Regular Board Meeting agendas for January, February, March, and April. These agendas can be linked from the plan document. The Comprehensive Plan addresses specific on-going academic goals and related action plans as well as the issues of student discipline and attendance, graduation rates and the new 24-credit requirements, and our current construction work. The staff of the Blaine School District continues 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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Standards, Assessment and Evaluation Planning Continues
 

Expectations remain high for 2016-17 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 continued 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 aligns 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.


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.


Community Information
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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.