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Blaine School Board Plans Worksession on August 16, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
The Board of Directors of Blaine School District will hold a worksession on Thursday, August 16, from 12:00-5:00 p.m. This worksession will be facilitated by Colleen Miller, Washington State School Directors Association’s Director of Leadership Development Services. The purpose of this worksession is to review an analysis of the School Board’s self-assessment survey data and to discuss its application to operational strategies. The worksession will take place in the meeting room at the District Office at 765 H Street in Blaine. Please contact the District Office with any questions.

 

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Survey Seeking Parent & Community Input

In partnership with the Whatcom County Health Department, Blaine School District has been working towards the formation of a broad, community-based, prevention network to enhance collaboration and ongoing planning for the social-emotional needs of our youth. The strategic planning initiative, known as Blaine Thrives, will set a healthy vision for the community to address and support the needs of all children, youth, and families.

The Health Department is facilitating this comprehensive process by working with community leaders to surface key challenges and needs impacting the students and families of the Blaine School District. This process involves a series of meetings, with initial emphasis being placed on the analysis of multiple sources of data. Our immediate objective is to collect data from Blaine parents or guardians through an anonymous survey.

This anonymous survey includes 20 questions which offer residents in our community the opportunity to share their perspectives on school and community strengths, youth behaviors, parental concerns, family support, substance use, and related topics. A summary of all information collected by the survey will later be reviewed by the overall Blaine Thrives group and will ultimately serve to inform goals, action plans, and some funding specific to supporting our local youth and families.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to complete this survey. Click here to begin.


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.


 

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Water Quality Testing Update

In the Spring of 2016, random water samples were tested for lead content throughout Blaine School District, with an emphasis on kitchen area faucets, stand alone drinking fountains and fixtures at the end of water lines. At that time, all samples collected were found to be well below the EPA threshold (upper limit) of 20ppb (parts per billion). In 2018, the Washington State Department of Health offered to assist school districts with a more extensive level of testing, ultimately seeking to provide analysis of a more extensive number of fixtures. Blaine School District is continuing to work with the State Health Department on voluntary water quality testing in our schools.

Earlier in 2018, testing at Blaine Elementary School confirmed that water in bubbler fountains was well within EPA guidelines. Two sink faucets tested just at the EPA's threshold of 20ppb for lead content and were immediately replaced, as well as eight other sink faucets which tested above 10ppb and below 20ppb.

Water samples have now also been tested at Blaine Primary School. There were no results that reached the 20ppb threshold which triggers, by State Health Department guidelines, the recommendation for immediate replacement of the corresponding fixture. Nine faucets tested below 20ppb, but above 10ppb. While the State Health Department offers a range of options for these fixtures, the District has ordered and will replace them, consistent with the protocol followed at the Elementary School in the Spring. It should be noted that these fixtures are not in the area of the building being used for the Primary School's summer program. Once the school year is underway, they will be flushed daily, as per Health Department Guidelines, until they have been replaced.

The State Health Department anticipates conducting the next round of comprehensive water fixture testing at Blaine Middle School in September. When random testing was done in the Middle School in 2016, there was no evidence of lead content at or near the EPA threshold of 20ppb. Additional detail provided to parents in April 2018 can be accessed by clicking here. We remain committed to ensuring that students have access to safe drinking water in our schools.



 

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 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 construction is drawing to a close and the two-story classroom building connecting Phase I to the Science Building will be open to staff and students in the Fall of 2018.

In July of 2018, Phase III began with demolition of the area which will become the center courtyard of the high school campus. During Phase III's renovation work, the library and school offices will be temporarily housed in the Phase I facility.

We appreciate the patience of our staff, students, and families during this final phase of construction and we continue to look forward to the completion of this 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.


 

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
Summary Report on 2017-18 Comprehensive Plan

At the July 30, 2018 meeting, the final 2017-18 Comprehensive Plan document was presented to the Blaine School District Board of Directors detailing progress on improvement plans for the 2017-18 school year. 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.

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Links to Additional Information

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Offender Nofication

 


City Of Blaine

OSPI

TPEP

Common Core

SBAC

 

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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.