Schedule Reminder: Late Start (10:20am) on Monday, December 5


Whatcom County Health Department
Alert Re: Illness at Blaine Elementary School
On Thursday and Friday, December 1-2, Blaine Elementary School witnessed a significant number of students demonstrating flu like symptoms. Over this period of time, the District has been in ongoing communication with the Whatcom County Health Department and, as of mid-day on Friday, December 2, the District was directed by the Whatcom County Health Department to communicate information specific to this issue with student families. A letter sent home with Elementary School students can be viewed by clicking here. Also, the Health Department has provided guidance for parents which can be viewed by clicking here.

BHS Sportsmanship
Athletic Sportsmanship Awards

At the November 28 meeting, the School Board presented "Sportsmanship Awards" to six outstanding student athletes from Blaine High School. Madeline Hall (Soccer), Tucker Jensen (Football), Kaylee McPhail (Cheer), Lauren Kordas (Volleyball), Elijah Yost (Boys Cross Country), and Jamie Good (Girls Cross Country) were all identified by their coaches for this level of recognition for demonstrating exemplary sportsmanship and leadership in the Fall season.

Kindergarten Corner
~ November 2016 ~

This month’s Kindergarten Corner is all about WaKIDS/Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment. WaKIDS stands for Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills. Teaching Strategies GOLD is an authentic, observational assessment system for children from birth through kindergarten. It is designed to help teachers get to know their students and understand their strengths, needs, and interests. The primary purposes of the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment system are to help teachers:

  • Observe and document children’s development and learning over time
  • Support, guide and inform planning and instruction
  • Identify children who might benefit from special help, screening, or further evaluation
  • Report and communicate with family members and others

We are excited to be able to assess, use and share information with families on nine areas of development and learning. The areas include Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies and The Arts.

We hope our Kindergarten Corner continues to provide you with information regarding our Full-Time Program. We are so thankful to the Blaine Community for supporting this opportunity for our kids.

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 as early as 5:30am and 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 activities, including after school athletic practices, are also cancelled. Student and staff safety remains our primary concern.


K12 Alerts Information
School Calendar

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, December 5. A full school year calendar, including reference to the applicable late start schedule, can be accessed here.



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Adjustments to School Calendar for Days Lost

The Board of Directors has approved current school year calendar adjustments necessitated by the school closure days on September 29 and 30. At this time, the last day of school has been extended by one day, to Friday, June 16. One of the school days lost for students in Grades 9-12 was made up on November 14. We have recently received notice from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction that the school days missed at Blaine High School on October 3-4 will not have to be rescheduled. Click here to view an updated 2016-17 School Calendar.

It should be noted that we have navigated through the last two years without the need to close school for weather related issues. If we should now have winter weather disruptions that necessitate the closure of school, these days will be added to the end of the school year.

Capital Projects

Blaine High School Project Moves Forward

In June of 2016, the Board of Directors of the Blaine School District awarded a contract to SpeeWest 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.
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Student safety
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.

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. While the solution to the issue was much safer, it has not necessarily been viewed by many parents as either efficient or convenient. As an alternative, the District has moved forward with the designation of the last lane of the upper parking lot, directly adjacent to the wider sidewalk and the fence, as a drop-off only point in the morning. It is intended that parents can pull into this area, get their student to the wider sidewalk, and not have to walk the student all the way to the school. There will be a crossing guard at the sidewalk at the bottom of the steps. In order to make this plan a safer situation for students on the sidewalk, we have striped the adjacent 20 parking spaces at an angle, and have also installed extra curb stops. Signage designating the upper area as drop-off only has also been installed. Parents should follow the white directional arrows in and then exit out Borderite Way, which is a lane with much less outgoing traffic in the mornings. For those parents desiring to park and walk their student(s) all the way to the school, spaces on the north side of the lower parking lot will still be designated for this purpose. Thank you for your patience in transitioning to this new procedure.


Program Improvement Plans Approved By Board
At the meeting on October 24, the Board of Directors adopted the 2016-17 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, as well as 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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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.