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Blaine School District teachers Carey Bacon and Sarah Wilke have been named Teachers of the Year for 2014-15.

Carey's nomination offered consistent reference to the contributions that he has made to leading and supporting the successful implementation of the new Smarter Balanced Assessments at Grades 6-12, in addition to the full-time job that he already holds.  Specific reference was brought to the fact that Carey routinely presents, in the face of chaos, an upbeat, positive, can-do attitude.  It is clearly evident that Carey puts learners first, and does everything possible to assure for their overall success.  Nicely done Carey!

Sarah's nomination reinforced the tireless level of commitment that she makes, each and every day, to assuring for the success of every student in her class.  Students recognize that no matter how busy she may be, she will always make the time to address and support their individual needs.  Mrs. Wilke consistently strives to provide for the presence of powerful and relevant learning opportunities for kids, and does so with the highest level of composure and professionalism.  Congratulations Sarah!

These two professionals represent an incredible teaching staff in the Blaine School District. They are to be applauded many times over for their extraordinary work on behalf of both students and colleagues!

 


Blaine School District Curriculum Review Opportunity

Review & Input Opportunity: The Blaine School District Teaching and Learning Department would like to invite any interested parents and community members to review and provide input on our High School Math Materials Adoption. Stop in to the District Office Boardroom on June 2nd, 2015 anytime between 7am and 8am OR between 3pm and 5pm. Shawna Rouse (HS Math Teacher & Teacher Leader) will provide sample materials, a demonstration, and be available to answer questions. The District Office Boardroom is located at 765 H Street in Blaine, Washington.


Class of 2015 Approaches Graduation Night
The Blaine High School Senior Class will be receiving their diplomas on Friday, June 5, with the ceremonies getting underway at 6:00pm.  Approximately 130 students are anticipating the culmination of 13 years of formal education, with many of these students remaining here in Blaine for the full duration of their K-12 experience.  We want to take this opportunity to congratulate these students, and their families, on this impressive accomplishment.  Nicely done Borderites!

 

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Seniors Present Projects to Staff and Community
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On May 19 and May 20, approximately 130 Blaine High School Seniors presented their Culminating Projects to a group of staff and community representatives.  While this process, known for many years as "Senior Boards", is no longer required by the State Board of Education, the Blaine School District Board has decided to retain this step in progression to the diploma, as they believe that it represents a strong and important connection between our students and their community.  We want to take this opportunity to congratulate these students on their hard work and dedication, and we wish them all the best as they move forward with post secondary education and career plans.

Capital Projects Update
Future Campus

These are very exciting times for the Blaine School District, as we enter into a four-year process of completing some incredibly important facility work in support of the educational needs of our staff and students. There are many pieces now in motion with respect to work being supported by recent Bond Initiative approval. The architect is working on preliminary design for the Primary School addition. We should be prepared to review with applicable staff later this month. Additionally, preparations are being made for the following work to take place over the summer.

  • The track at the High School continues to deteriorate, and needs to be taken care of now. The bid for repair of the base and replacement of the surface has been approved.
  • Roofing bids for Pt. Roberts Primary and the Middle School have been reviewed and accepted.
    Carpeting bids for Blaine Elementary are also in.
  • We are in the process of shoring up the bids on resurfacing the large parking lot next to the Middle School Gym. The bids are coming in very optimistic, with oil prices down right now.
  • We should have the cost estimate for relocation of the Primary School Playground shortly. The playground has to be moved before construction can start.
  • While we are not certain that it will be feasible, we would like to get the doors on the play shed at the Primary School this summer, as the bird issues are continuing to be more of a concern on the part of staff and parents.
  • We are working with the City of Blaine to determine how much site prep at the High School (primarily including utility relocates) can take place this summer.

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Board Approves Final 2015-16

School Year Calendar

At the April 27, 2015 meeting, the Board of Directors approved the final calendar for the 2015-16 school year (available here). This final calendar includes a "Late Start" schedule and K-8 conferences.


Blaine School Board Endorses Two Key Resolutions

On January 24, the Blaine School District Board of Directors passed two resolutions, addressing expectations for the State Legislature, as well as Congress at the Federal level.  The first resolution, which can be accessed for reference here, is in support of the position of the Washington Association of School Administrators, which sends a clear message to the State Legislature that full funding of Basic Education, as directed by the State Supreme Court, needs to be addressed prior to any new initiatives or mandates being put in place. 

The second resolution, which can be accessed for reference here, is in support of the Washington State School Directors Association in directing Congress at the Federal level to move forward with the reauthorization of ESEA/No Child Left Behind.  As it now stands, ESEA/No Child Left Behind is viewed as limiting the work of local school districts in addressing the learning needs of all students.  Nearly 200 School Boards from across the State of Washington have passed a similar resolution.


Mid-Year Review of 2014-15 Comprehensive Plan

Blaine School District administrators presented a mid-year review of the 2014-15 Comprehensive Plan to the Board of Directors at a Work Session on February 23, 2015.  The Comprehensive Plan represents both District and individual Building/Department work slated for the current program year. The integration of Common Core State Standards, new State Assessments, and a new Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project, present some 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.
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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 2014-15 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 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 initial steps of transition to a new State Assessment System ("Smarter Balanced Assessment") which will align 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.