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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 Mike Dodd 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 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.
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In case You Missed It...
Due to inclement weather, 5th Graders at Blaine Elementary were the sole participants in KAFE Radio's "Stars of Christmas" activity in December. It is our privilege to be able to share with you one of their three songs played on the radio during the week before Winter Break. (Click here or on the image above to access the audio file.) Nicely done, Blaine Elementary students! Later this month, our Elementary musicians will have another opportunity to share their talents with family and friends at the Blaine Performing Arts Center. The 5th Grade Concert takes place on January 20, and the 3rd & 4th Grade Concert is on January 27. Both performances begin at 1:30pm.


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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.



 

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

 

 

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Kindergarten Corner
~ January 2017 ~

One component of our Kindergarten program this year is entitled: "Plan, Do, Review". This element reinforces the developmental needs of our kindergarten children; providing a balance of teacher-directed activities, child-initiated play, and focused, experiential learning with daily time for playful, intentional learning centers. The Plan-Do-Review model is a 60-70 minute uninterrupted component of the day. It is a time when the teacher is intentionally engaged with children, working alongside them, extending their thinking, coaching them through both social and academic scenarios, and modeling the highest level of learning and engagement.

Plan: “Choice with Intention” – This process encourages children to articulate his/her ideas, intentions, and decisions. It begins the process of engagement in the learning leading to concentrated play that allows a child to move along a continuum with increasing complexity.

Do: “Develops Competent Thinkers, Decision-Makers, and Problem Solvers” – Through the process of “do” children are able to carry out his/her own ideas with the guided support of an adult.

Review: “Remembering and Reflecting with Analysis” – A child is able to share his/her thinking and learning process with his/her peers. In doing so a child is able to describe and review from mental images.

As the year progresses the process of Plan-Do-Review will become more complex as the children mature in the skills. During this time children are actively engaged with play with rigor!


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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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.