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GEAR UP Family Night

Blaine Middle School Helping Families Prepare for College

For the third year in a row, the Washington State Achievement Council has awarded Blaine Middle School with a "Gold Star" in recognition of their exemplary performance in signing students up for College Bound Scholarships. The Middle School is working diligently to help parents and students get a head start in preparing for college.

On Wednesday, January 24, from 5:30-7:00pm, a GEAR UP Family Night will take place at the Middle School Cafeteria. Middle School families are encouraged to attend this event in order to learn about the importance of college and careers and to help kids and parents prepare by learning about stress management and using their executive functioning skills along the way. Child care will be provided for younger siblings. For additional information, please contact the school office at 360-332-8226.


Board of Directors

Thank You School Board!
January is “National School Board Recognition Month”. On behalf of the staff, our community, and especially the students, it is a pleasure to acknowledge the members of our Blaine School District Board of Directors. John Freal, Todd Berge, Joan Lotze, Charles, Gibson, and Laura McKinney provide enthusiastic and dedicated service to staff and students in our collective communities. These elected officials are charged with immeasurable responsibilities including support of District staff in the ongoing implementation of new academic standards, assessment, and evaluation protocols, as well as oversight of the District’s current Capital Projects work. Our Board of Directors strives to provide an environment in which every student can learn and achieve at the highest level possible. Get to know your representatives on the School Board by visiting their profiles page on our website, or by attending a monthly School Board meeting.

Hand Sanitizer
Help Prevent the Spread of Germs

We are in full swing of the cold and flu season. In Washington State, forty-six lab confirmed influenza deaths have been reported for the 2017-18 season to date. The Blaine School District is installing hand sanitizer dispensers at the entrance of each school building. This would decrease the spread of germs entering our buildings helping to protect our students, staff and community. They should be installed within the next two weeks.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes in most situations, but if not available, using hand sanitizer is the next best method. A healthy building is a productive one. One study in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) found that encouraging the use of hand sanitizers in schools reduced absenteeism by almost 20%!

Please help us by promoting and using our wonderful new hand sanitizer stations after they are installed. Thank you for your help to decrease the spread of germs!



 

K12 Alerts Information
School Calendar

17-18 Calendar

School Calendar &
Late Start Schedule
The 2017-18 school calendar can be accessed by clicking here or on the image above. This calendar includes late start days which 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. This calendar also includes fall and spring conference weeks during which K-8 students are released at 12:50 p.m.

 

Borderites

Click Here to visit the NW Conference athletics website for all Blaine Borderite Athletic information, including ticket pricing, schedules, and scores

 
Expanded Support to StudentS and Families
Over the past few weeks, the Blaine School District has been networking with other school systems across the region in consideration of implementing an "Anonymous Tip Line". A resource of this nature would present an option for urgent or emerging concerns to be phoned or emailed in, and then acted upon in a relatively timely manner. While not all school districts in our region have this resource in place, the majority either do or, like Blaine, are in process. One of the biggest challenges is the establishment of management for a system of this nature. We anticipate presenting a recommendation to the Board of Directors at their January 22, 2018 meeting. Once in place, this program will represent one of a number of intentional strategies that have either been in place, or have recently been implemented to support the social and emotional well-being of students, as well as the safety and welfare of those that work and learn in the Blaine School District. A link to a list of current and in-process initiatives can be accessed here.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Flyer

Youth Mental Health Training
January 29-30, 2018
'Youth Mental Health First Aid' training for staff and interested community members (over 18 years old) will be sponsored by Blaine School District on January 29th and 30th, 2018. Please see flyer for more information (click here).

 

Attendance Matters

Truancy Boards Implemented

This year Blaine School District continues to focus on reducing or eliminating chronic absenteeism. Good attendance helps children do well in school and eventually in the workplace. Excused and unexcused absences quickly add up to too much time lost in the classroom. Students are at risk academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year (about 18 days excused or unexcused).

The Washington State Legislature passed into law Second Substitute House Bill 1170, amending attendance and truancy laws (RCW 28A.225). The new law clarifies the responsibilities of schools and courts and adds new reporting requirements for school districts. The Blaine School District began implementing these changes in the 2016-17 school year and continues to work toward full implementation of the amended law.

The 2017-18 school year introduced Truancy Boards in Blaine School District, now required by the amendment. As we continue our focus, we will review and change our Board Policies to reflect our commitment to reducing or eliminating chronic absenteeism. Our ultimate goal, as it always has been, is to partner with families and the community to educate all students in a safe environment that continually inspires, empowers, challenges, and prepares students to become productive citizens. We believe reducing absence rates will help us achieve that goal.


Winter Weather

Weather Related School Schedule Changes

Sometimes weather conditions create the need for a late start or for cancellation of the entire school day. There are a number of ways that you can access school schedule information on inclement weather mornings. Seattle television stations, KGMI, and the Blaine School District website will have updated details no later than 6:00am. Parents may also call the Schedule Hotline at 360-332-0789 for school schedule information. Schedule changes for severe weather bus routes can be linked from the top of this page.

When school is closed, all school and district activities are cancelled. This includes athletics, mandatory or voluntary practices/rehearsals, activities (including field trips and school/district facility rentals), and all meetings and events previously planned for before school, after school, and evening.

Student and staff safety remains our primary concern.


Capital Projects Update

Visit our Capital Projects Update page for
additional construction details and photos.
Blaine High School Construction Progress

The first of a three-phase construction project at Blaine High School was ready for the arrival of students on August 30. This new facility includes a high school cafeteria, a small theatre, CTE shop, and additional classroom space. Staff and students had a front row seat watching this new building take shape last year, and we all look forward to the expanded educational opportunities that will now be available in the new facility.

Phase II, which includes a two-story classroom building connecting Phase I to the Science Building, began in early July and crews are continuing to work diligently on framing the new building. Phase III, which includes renovation of the library and office areas, is scheduled to begin in June of 2018.

The timeline for future construction of the BHS stadium is not currently defined, but would likely represent a 4th phase in the high school’s capital improvements project. The District is reviewing options for funding, and the availability of contingency funds will not be known until 2019.

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.


Comprehensive Plan
Program Improvement Plans Approved by Board
At the meeting on October 23, the Blaine School District Board of Directors adopted the 2017-18 Comprehensive Plan which outlines goals for program improvement at both the district and school levels. This 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.

Community Information for Students & Families
Blaine School District partners with community nonprofit organizations and government entities to provide information about not-for-profit services for students and families. 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 District's 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.

 

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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.