Superintendent

 

 

Welcome Students, Staff, and Families
to the 2017-2018 School Year!


As the first day of school, approaches, we look forward to a very productive and exciting school year in 2017-2018.

 

Over many years, we have consistently championed providing quality learning opportunities for students at all levels of the program. Blaine School District employs one of the most skilled and dedicated groups of professionals in the state of Washington. Teachers and support staff strongly desire to work in Blaine, and many choose to spend their entire career in our district. We see this as a clear tribute to the overall quality of the program, and the commitment that we make to supporting staff in their work with students.

 

Improving student learning at every level of the system remains at the heart of our vision and mission. Our students consistently demonstrate strong academic performance, comparing favorably to other districts across the state. While a substantial number of high school students routinely participate in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, during the upcoming school year we will also be offering a number of additional courses through the "College in the High School" program. This will provide students with an opportunity to earn college level credit for courses completed on campus at Blaine High School. The fact that coursework of this nature is available to our students can be attributed to the strong foundation established in our K-8 program. We are privileged to have excellent K-12 administrators, teachers and support personnel who demonstrate a consistent commitment to making a difference for young people.

 

Over the past four years, teachers and administrators across the state of Washington have taken on an unprecedented level of transition with respect to new learning standards and new performance evaluation systems for both staff and students. These initiatives have placed a significant level of demand upon the overall educational system. At this time, there is evidence of significant student achievement resulting from the hard work of our staff. Preliminary state assessment results, specifically in Math and Language Arts, indicate gains, year over year, at multiple grade levels.

 

Blaine School District students and staff recognize and appreciate the extensive level of community ownership and involvement that is in place at all levels of the program. The communities of Blaine, Point Roberts and Birch Bay take great pride in the learning that takes place in their schools and, most importantly, in the ongoing growth and success of students. The staff, students, and families of Blaine School District remain deeply appreciative of the community’s support in passing a $45 million Capital Facility Bond in 2015. Many exciting projects have now been completed and there is still work to be done. If you have been on or near campus over the summer months, you will have noticed that Phase I of the High School Project is nearly complete. We look forward to having students in this new building when school starts on August 30. Work on Phase II, a two-story classroom building, started in June and will be completed by next summer.

 

Parents and patrons are encouraged to stay informed of Blaine School District’s key events and issues. To that end, we hope you will frequently visit our website (www.blainesd.org) where you can learn more about opportunities to stay connected to activities involving our students.

 

Thank you for choosing to enroll your students in the Blaine School District! Our Board of Directors and staff appreciate the opportunity to educate your children. There is no more important responsibility that we could be charged with assuming.

 

It promises to be a great year!

 

Ronald C. Spanjer Ed.D.
Superintendent
Email: rspanjer@blainesd.org