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Schedule Reminder: No School on Friday, February 17 & Monday, February 20 (Mid-Winter Break)

 


Borderite Wrestlers go On To State

Congratulations goes out to our boys wrestling team and our coaching staff on winning the Regional 2A Wrestling Tournament here at Blaine High School on February 11th. Blaine had 3 individual regional champions and will send 8 wrestlers to the State Championships this weekend at the Tacoma Dome, along with 4 alternates. The Borderites edged out Olympic High School of Silverdale for the boys regional title. Our 4 Blaine girls wrestled hard this season, but were unable to qualify anyone for state competition. Good Luck at State to all the Borderites!

Regional Champions: 132-Colton Economy, 170-Riley Fritsch, & 220-Saul Magallon
138-Derreck Camba, 4th place
145-Matt McCauley 2nd place & Aiden Button, 3rd place
182-Julian Gonzalez, 4th place
220- Porter Schmidt, 3rd place

Alternates 113-Alex Hall 5th, 160-Jacob Westfall 5th, & 195-Tristan Alanis-Satterfeal

Blaine Wrestling Team


Soshin Elementary Concert


Blaine Band to Japan 2017

In March of 2016, students from Soshin Girls School in Yokohama, Japan visited Blaine and spent a week with local host families. On Monday, February 13, the Blaine High School Wind Ensemble returned their visit and will be spending the remainder of their Japan trip sightseeing and sharing music with these Japanese friends. We continue to be grateful for the support of families and the community in helping to make this trip happen. The students are proud to be part of this adventure and honored to represent such a beautiful community. Click here to view a video that the band created to tell about our local community and their preparations for this trip.



Mumps outbreak in Washington state:
How to protect your child
Washington currently has an outbreak of mumps disease. Mumps is a contagious disease caused by the mumps virus. It is mostly spread by contact with saliva from someone who is infected. The best way to prevent your child from getting the disease is by making sure they’ve received the required doses of MMR vaccine. More info here.
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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, February 27. A full school year calendar, including reference to the applicable late start schedule, can be accessed here.

 

 

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Winter Weather Information

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 TV 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 also 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.



Winter Weather's Impact on School Schedule

Options are being considered for processing the four school days lost in the first week of February. While we know that the school year will now extend through at least Friday, June 23, we are in the process of discussing options with OSPI for waiver of days beyond that date. If this is determined to be a possibility, an application will first be reviewed and then formally acted upon by the Board of Directors prior to submission to OSPI. As such, it will take some time to sort all of the details out. In the meantime, we are committed to keeping the High School Graduation date on June 16.

BSD Snow Day


 

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration

Blaine Primary School Kindergarten Registration Day will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Blaine Primary School. Your child is eligible to enter kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year if he/she is turning five years old on or before August 31, 2017. You may visit the primary school anytime during registration day to enroll your child.

Please bring 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 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 Project Moves Forward

In June of 2016, the Board of Directors of the Blaine School District awarded a contract to Spee West Construction, the lowest overall bidder on what will be three consecutive phases of construction on the Blaine High School campus.

Staff and students are now sharing in the excitement of watching Phase I of this work progress. In the design of the new facility, we have taken into consideration the fact that all students will soon be expected to acquire an expanded number of credits in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Fine Arts, and World Languages. For many students, these credits will be acquired through the completion of coursework in Career and Technical Education, as they seek to gain early technical skills in areas of personal interest. Future Blaine High School students will have access to technological learning resources, and the ability to link to information in the most efficient manner possible. Blaine High School is poised to remain a model for purposeful, engaged and effective learning.

Phase I of the project is scheduled for completion in August of 2017, and will include the cafeteria, a small theatre, CTE shop and classroom space, the kitchen, the band and choir rooms, the greenhouse, and the tennis courts. 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. Construction of new stadium seating is slated for consideration as part of Phase III, as we wait to determine the full scope of available funding for this portion of the overall project.

We look forward to being able to provide our students and staff 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.


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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.