- Written by Teresa Haugstad
Stanwood-Camano School District Information about Kindergarten Programs
Recently, the Washington State Legislature provided additional funding for full-time, everyday kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year, and will fund full-time kindergarten for all schools in the State starting in 2016-17. Three schools in the Stanwood-Camano School District were funded by the State this year. The schools are Twin City Elementary, Elger Bay Elementary, and Stanwood Elementary. On Wednesday, July 22nd, the School Board of Directors approved additional district funding to include full-time, everyday kindergarten at Utsalady and Cedarhome Elementary Schools. This decision was based on research, which supports the benefits of full-time kindergarten for all children. Providing full-time kindergarten has been a long time goal for the School Board of Directors because it gives all students a great start to their school career.
The Stanwood-Camano School District is looking forward to expanding the half-time kindergarten program to full-time in the 2015-16 school year. This increase in time will bring some fundamental changes to our kindergarten classrooms. The district is busy preparing for these changes and is excited about the opportunities for our students. The most obvious change will be the amount of time students are in school. Next year students in kindergarten will attend school the same amount of time as all other elementary grades do as opposed to the current model in which students attend full days two or three days per week. As before, we will still have late start Wednesdays, which allow for necessary professional development for district staff.
Students attending full-time kindergarten will eat lunch at school, have recess and focus on state kindergarten standards and specific learning targets set by the teacher. Physical, social, linguistic and academic needs will be the focus of individual, small and whole group learning in the core subjects of reading/language arts, math, social studies and science.
In preparation for this change, materials and approaches are being adjusted. Half of the day will focus primarily on reading/language arts, math, science and social studies while the other half, students will participate in learning centers related to academics. The learning centers will focus on letters, words, numbers and science to make learning meaningful and academic while rich in community and real-world experiences. This extra time will also give teachers the opportunity to work individually and in small groups, which will allow them the time to differentiate for the needs of each student.
Parents have the option to enroll their children in a half-day or full-day program. For more information about opting your child out of the full-time program, please contact the Stanwood-Camano School District office (360) 629-1237.
The Stanwood-Camano School District is excited about partnering with you to begin your child’s formal public education and the ability to support a full-day, everyday kindergarten program.
For more information about kindergarten, please contact Teresa Haugstad at
- Written by SCSD Staff
The Administration & Resource Center (district office) "Summer Hours" are June 22 - August 7. The office will be open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, closed on Fridays.
There is a "drop-box" conveniently located on the outside wall, next to the front doors, to deposit paperwork when the office is closed. Thank you!
- Written by Joy Rusko
The Summer Food Service Program serves FREE meals to ALL kids and teens, 18 Years old and younger.
Twin City Elementary (south of McDonald's)
26211 72nd Ave. NW, Stanwood, WA 98292
June 22 - August 20
Monday - Thursday
Breakfast: 8:30 - 9:30 am
Lunch: 11:30 am - 1:15 pm
To view or download the menu, click on the following link: Summer Meal Menu
All ages welcome up to age 18!
YMCA Days & Times
July 7 - August 20
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
9 am - 1 pm (pick-up at 1:15 pm on Wednesdays - swim days)
To view or download the Summer Meals and YMCA Activities, click the following link: Meals and Fun
Tentative dates for the upcoming 2015-16 school year -
Start Date: September 2, 2015
Winter Break: December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016
Spring Break: April 4-8, 2016
- Written by Joy Rusko
The Board of Directors recognized three Shining Stars at the January 20th Board Meeting. Noble (pictured left to right) is a fourth grade student at Stanwood Elementary, Monique is a 7th grade student at Saratoga School and Selena Fryberg is an 8th grade student at Stanwood Middle School. The Shining Star Award publicly recognizes students from elementary through high school who are eager to learn, have made significant progress and have overcome challenges. The Shining Star Award is sponsored by Tony Warner, Umpqua Bank Manager, in partnership with Snow Goose Bookstore and Stanwood Cinemas.
- Written by Joy Rusko
This time of year it is still dark in the morning and after school is out and there is a need for increased awareness of students who are walking to and from school or the bus stop in the dark.
Please help us keep our students safe as they travel to and from school by being aware of student pedestrians and by reminding your children of these and other safety rules.
- Written by Joy Rusko
The Board of Directors publicly recognizes the Classified Employee of the Month and Teacher of the Month at the second regular board meeting a month, throughout the year. The following employees were nominated and received the award for their outstanding contributions and dedication to our students and community. To read the nominations, please click the person's name. Also, if you wish to make a nomination, click Employee Nominations. December nominations are due by January 5th.
CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH
TEACHERS OF THE MONTH
Kris Merritt, Career and Technical Education Culinary Arts at Stanwood High School
Judy Birk, Librarian at Twin City Elementary
Michelle Rockwood, Band and Choir at Stanwood Middle School
The Stanwood-Camano School District does not discriminate in employment, programs, or activities on the basis of age, creed, religion, race, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Maurene Stanton, or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Pam Gentz, Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360)629-1200.