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Crosswalks, Drop Off & Pick up Information

Parents of K-5 students are encouraged to help stress to children the importance of using only supervised crosswalks so that all students arrive at school or home safely. Please take a moment to review the District's Crosswalk Supervision Schedule which can be accessed by clicking here or under Student Safety in the "Parents & Students" drop-down menu.

Blaine Primary School parents are reminded that drop off/pick up information can also be linked from Student Safety in the "Parents & Students" drop-down menu. In September of 2015, Blaine School District implemented a new drop off/pick up procedure in cooperation with Blaine Police Department's concerns regarding both traffic and pedestrian safety on Boblett Street. Due to recent inquiries regarding the rationale for this drop off/pick up procedure at the Primary School, a link to this information is also being provided here.



Washington State 2016 Healthy Youth Survey
Blaine School District is participating in the Washington State 2016 Healthy Youth Survey during the weeks of October 10th – 21st. The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, risk and protective factors, access to school-based services, and sexual behaviors, abuse and orientation. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks. The Healthy Youth Survey is given to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 across Washington State. Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous. Please click here to read the Parent and Student Notification flyer for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey.
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Late Start

Late Start Schedule Resumes
Blaine School District has adopted a schedule of late start days during the school year for the purpose of providing 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, October 10. A full school year calendar, including reference to the applicable late start schedule, can be accessed here.


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.

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Capital Projects

Blaine High School Project Moves Forward

Overall design development for both new construction and modernization on the Blaine High School Campus has been completed and construction on the first of three phases has begun. The Board of Directors reviewed the individual bids of four separate contractors on June 8, 2016, and found the totals for the base project to be in the range of 15-17% higher than estimated. It would appear that we have lost some of the competitive edge in the bidding process because contractors and sub contractors are busy with multiple school projects in Whatcom County, as well as other major construction work. The good news is that the Board was able to accept the base bid, maintain the intended integrity of the core educational facility, and keep construction on target to be initiated on schedule and completed for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The challenge, as we move forward, will be the re-design of the grandstand facility in an effort to secure an updated bid that falls within the scope of funding that will ultimately be available for this portion of the overall project.

Staff and students have shared in the excitement of watching the details unfold, as we seek to assure that the overall facility serves to support future learning expectations for students in Grades 9-12. 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, the 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. 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.


 

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Summary Report on 2015-16 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN progress

At the June 27, 2016 meeting, the Annual Summary Report was presented to the Blaine School District Board of Directors detailing Comprehensive Plan progress for the 2015-16 school year. The Comprehensive Plan represents both District and individual Building/Department work slated for the program year. The integration of Common Core State Standards, new State Assessments, and the new Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project presents 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

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.


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.


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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.