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2017-2018 Teacher of the Year
Congratulations Teacher of the Year!

Blaine School District is pleased to announce that Nicole Roetcisoender has been selected as 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. Nicole was recommended by multiple peers at Blaine High School who identified her as a strong leader in the high school's science department, as well as an empathetic and caring advocate for all students. As a National Board Certified instructor, Nicole has demonstrated her own commitment to lifelong learning. In her AP Chemistry class and as a REACH advisor (highly capable program), she encourages students to also pursue excellence. As an advisor for both the SWAP Club (Students With A Purpose) and the Up-Standers (social equity) group, Nicole is committed to improving school climate and culture as well as helping students become positive contributors to society. We are so very grateful for the level of skill and dedication that we see from our staff at all levels of the program. It is clear that Nicole consistently epitomizes these qualities in her work. Congratulations to Nicole on this well deserved recognition!


OSPI Budget Survey Link

OSPI Seeks Public Input on K-12 Education Budget

The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is currently asking families, students, and community members to participate in its budget development process by taking a survey to identify the public's educational priorities. The survey asks participants to decide how important they find things like student support services such as counseling and mental health, family engagement and outreach, school safety enhancements, programs that specifically address racial disparities in learning and discipline, and more. In a recent press release, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal indicated that the current survey will remain open until Friday, June 8 and is available in 10 languages. OSPI will release a second survey in mid-summer that will provide Washingtonians an opportunity to prioritize budget request items that emerge from the current survey. Click here to access the survey at OSPI's website.




 

K12 Alerts Information
School Calendar

17-18 Calendar

School Calendar &
Late Start Schedule
The 2017-18 school calendar can be accessed by clicking here or on the image above. 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. Due to schools being closed on Friday, February 23rd, the last day of the 2017-18 school year will now be on Friday, June 15.

 

Borderites

Click Here to visit the NW Conference athletics website for all Blaine Borderite Athletic information, including ticket pricing, schedules, and scores

2018-19 School Calendar

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.