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School Resumes August 29



Thank You For A Great School Year. Link to Superintendent's Year-End Message

2018-2019 Budget Planning
2018-2019 Budget Planning

The Blaine School District administration has been diligently working on budget planning for the 2018-19 school year. Click on links below to view updates that have been provided to the Board of Directors during this process.

On July 10th, the Blaine School District completed its preliminary budget for the 2018-19 school year. A budget summary is on file at the district administrative office at 765 H Street and a hard copy will be furnished to any person requesting one. An electronic copy of the summary can be viewed by clicking the link here. The summary includes a projected total of expenses and revenues for the 2018-19 school year.

A public hearing on the budget will take place during the regularly scheduled Board meeting on August 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the district administrative office. Anyone in attendance will have the opportunity to speak for or against any part of the budget, the four year budget plan, or any proposed changes to uses of enrichment funding under RCW 28A.505.240. Final budget approval will take place after the hearing on August 27th, during the regular Board meeting.

For more information, please call 360-332-5881.


Link to Blaine High School Progress Report
Blaine High School Receives Accreditation

In May, Blaine High School was awarded a six-year accreditation from the Associate of Educational Service Districts (AESD). The High School used this voluntary accreditation process to continue its work towards improving graduation rates, supporting students in math and reading skills, and building a culture where students want to come to school. We are most proud of the development of BUILD – a daily advisory program where students receive extra support with their academic studies, develop positive relationships with their peers and teachers, and plan for life after high school. Congratulations to Blaine High School on this achievement!

Click here to read the Accreditation letter from AESD.


Classified Employee of the Year 2018

Classified Employee of the Year

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Classified Employee of the Year, Laura Aosved, who was honored on the last day of school at the annual Employee Recognition Tea. In both the District's Special Education Preschool and the Kaleidoscope play and learn program, Laura demonstrates great passion for the needs of students who have a variety of abilities and challenging behaviors. Her work centers around establishing connections with students, as well as staff, supervisors, and parents. Laura's talents and compassion have impacted countless families and children in our community. Blaine School District is grateful for Laura's commitment and dedication in serving our students. Thank you, Laura, for going above and beyond the call of duty in your work!


Pick up diplomas at district office
Blaine High School Seniors!

Due to issues with construction in the high school office, diplomas will be available for pick up at the District Office starting Friday, June 22, at 12:00pm and will be available for pickup through the rest of the summer. The District Office is located at 765 H Street and hours during summer break are from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Thank you, and we apologize for the inconvenience.



 

K12 Alerts Information
School Calendar

17-18 Calendar

School Calendar &
Late Start Schedule
The 2018-19 school calendar can be accessed by clicking here or on the image above. The regular school day schedule begins at 8:20 a.m. and ends at 2:50 p.m. 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

13 Reasons Talking Points
Communicating About "13 Reasons Why"

The popular show titled "13 Reasons Why" has returned to Netflix for a second season. While the show appeals to middle and high school aged viewers, its content is rated for mature audiences and references suicide, violence and other adult themes. Blaine School District does not encourage or discourage (nor does it endorse) the viewing of this television series. That decision is between parents and their child(ren). We want to provide some resources for families and remind you that our school staff are available for any student or family who needs support.

For viewers of the series (click on links below):

For parents and educators:

Please reach out to your child's principal or school counselor if you have any questions or if your child needs support.


Link to Levy Timeline and Costs
Technology and Capital Levy Project Timeline
With the passage of the Technology and Capital Projects Levy now formally certified, the Blaine School District will initiate a six-year timeline for completion of identified projects. The initial focus will be on design, bidding and construction work specific to the District Grandstands, with the work on this project targeted for completion in August of 2019. The overall timeline of projects can be accessed here. It is important to emphasize that this initiative is intended to collect $2M of revenue per year for six years, and as such the projects to be addressed have been calendared over an extended time period. We are excited to get this critical work underway, and remain greatly appreciative for the support that our overall community has demonstrated in approving the funding capacity to make it all happen.

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 completed in the Fall of 2017. During the 2017-18 school year, students and staff have enjoyed the expanded opportunities available in this new facility which includes a high school cafeteria, a small theatre, CTE shop, and additional classroom space.

Phase II, which includes a two-story classroom building connecting Phase I to the Science Building, began in early July 2017. The building was completely dried in by Spring Break, and progress is visible on the exterior finishes. For the remaining weeks of this school year, crews will continue to work on the new building's interior. Phase III, which includes renovation of the library and office areas, is scheduled to begin in June of 2018.

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. Please visit our Capital Projects Update page for additional details on this and other Blaine School District facility improvements.


drinking fountain

 

Water Quality Testing Results

Blaine School District recently received results from voluntary water quality testing at Blaine Elementary School. These tests indicated that some of the sink faucet fixtures are in need of replacement. Please click here, or on the image, to read Superintendent Spanjer's memo regarding this water testing and plans for future testing on campus.


 

Welcome to Kindergarten

Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019 School Year

Kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year began on March 15th. Your child is eligible to enter kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year if he/she is turning five years old on or before August 31, 2018. A copy of the child's birth certificate and updated immunization records are required for registration. Families with new kindergarteners are encouraged to enroll their child at Blaine Primary School as soon as possible for the next school year. The earlier that we can get the process underway, the smoother the transition will be for students, families, and staff in September. We look forward to meeting our new fall kindergarten families. If you have any questions or concerns about kindergarten registration, please call the Blaine Primary School office at 360-332-1300.


 

SafeSchools Alert

Report it!
SafeSchools Alert Tip Reporting Service Now Available

Safety is one of our district’s top priorities. To help safeguard our school community we’ve taken an important step that we want to share with you. Blaine School District is now using SafeSchools Alert, a tip reporting service that allows students, staff, and parents to submit safety concerns to our administration via phone, text, email, or web.

Parents and students can easily report tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, vandalism or any concerning safety issue through SafeSchools Alert.

Every tip SafeSchools Alert receives about our district is logged in the system and our administration will review these tips during normal school hours of operation. Tips may also be submitted anonymously if prefered. Together, using SafeSchools Alert, we can make our district a safer place to work and learn!

SafeSchools Alert is not intended to be an emergency response system. In the event of an emergency, please call 911. If you are experiencing a crisis and require immediate assistance, here are a few resources available to you:

  • 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Line…………………......................…. 1-800-584-3578
  • 24-hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services…….…… (360) 715-1563
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline………………………… 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

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.


Comprehensive Plan
Mid-Year Updates To Program Improvement Plans

The 2017-18 Comprehensive Plan has been updated to provide mid-year progress information on goals for program improvement at the district level. Mid-year progress reports for each school are available as attachments to the Regular Board Meeting agendas for January and February. Links to the agendas are provided within 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.


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.

Bus Drivers Needed

 

Links to Additional Information

BoardDocs

Offender Nofication

 


City Of Blaine

OSPI

TPEP

Common Core

SBAC

 

GET

College Bound

State Report Card

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.