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Dear Stanwood-Camano Community:
A committee made up of parents, community members, school board members, and staff, has been working on a plan to replace the 45 year-old Stanwood High School for the past year. The existing school has served the community well beyond its intended life. The committee has determined the new school should remain on the existing site and replacing the facility without a tax increase to the community is realistic.
At this point, the committee is seeking input from the community at-large to develop a conceptual design for the new school. The committee is excited to be able to solicit community input that will be used in the development of a final recommendation to the school board. The financing (bond issue) plan will be presented to voters in the form of a ballot measure in February 2017.
The community is invited to any of the meetings, listed below, to provide input into the proposed plans and to learn more about related issues. There will be opportunities for hands-on involvement and other activities that will directly influence the final plans.
Community meeting dates:
March 8 - 6:30 PM Stanwood High School Library (7400 272nd St. NW, Stanwood)
March 9 - 6:30 PM Utsalady Elementary Gym (608 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island)
May 2 - 6:30 PM Utsalady Elementary
May 9 - 6:30 PM Stanwood High School
Last night in Snohomish County the levy passing rate was 65.68% and in Island County it was 63.92%. This is very exciting news because these results reflect the highest voter support for our district in at least the past 14 years. We anticipate, based on past elections, that the approval rate will continue to increase as the final ballots arrive at the county courthouses.
Your hard work on this election has set the foundation for our upcoming high school bond. We need to continue educating our community about our needs and the importance of their support for our school district.
Again, thank you so very much for all that you do for the children of our school district.
Jean Shumate, Superintendent
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Educational Maintenance & Operations Levy is on the February 9th Ballot. Voters are asked to renew the current M&O levy that will expire in December 2016.
|For more information on the levy, click on the flyer, below.
|| For district comparisons of tax rates per assessed value, click on the table, below.
The Board of Directors recognized Annie Houk as the Classified Employee of the Month and Bryan Olsen as the Teacher of the Month for September 2015 at the October 20th regular board meeting.
Annie Houk has worked for the Stanwood-Camano School District for 26 years! She began her career at Stanwood Middle School supervising the playground and for 7 years was a clerical aide before becoming a secretary for 3 years. In 2000 she was hired as the secretary at Stanwood Elementary where she has worked for the past 15 years. Annie was nominated by Debbie Carr, parent and volunteer.
Bryan Olsen has taught history at Stanwood High School for the past 8 years. He also advises History Day and Link Crew and has been active on the Building Leadership Team and was the previous Chess Team Advisor. Bryan's nominations were written by Ella Blackwood, teacher and parent, and Robin Blackwood, former student.
To read their nominations click on the following links: Annie Houk or Bryan Olsen .
Do you know of a classified employee or teacher worthy of recognition? Please write a nomination by clicking on this link: Employee Nomination. It's that easy!
HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED CONCERNING FULL-TIME KINDERGARTEN.
Q: If I have already registered my child for kindergarten, is he/she registered for half-day or full day?
A: All students who are registered for Kindergarten will be automatically registered for full-time Kindergarten, which is an all day, every day model like grades 1-12
Q: I have heard that there will be Family Connection (Parent Conference) meetings scheduled. Is this true? When will I have more information about these meetings.
A: The Family Connection meetings will be scheduled during the first three days of school. The purpose of the Family Connection meetings is to provide an opportunity for your child to get to know their teacher prior to the school year beginning. This will make the transition to school a positive experience for them. More information will be coming out from your child’s school in the middle of August.
Q: Is there a half-day option for Kindergarten? Will the half-day option be available in the future or is it only for this first year?
A: The district is required to provide a half-time option for families who feel that this best fits their child’s needs. A half-day option will be available in future years as required by law.
Q: What does the half-day Kindergarten program look like? Can you give me an approximate daily schedule so that I know what my child will be missing if I choose the half-day option?
A: This program will look different than it has in past years. Instead of attending school two or three full days a week, students will attend every day from 9:00-12:30 except on Wednesdays when students will be on a reduced schedule for Late Start. Transportation will be provided in the morning on the way to school, but parents must provide transportation for the half-day program for the mid-day pick up. Parents of children in the half-day program may elect to eat lunch at school or not. Each elementary school will work to focus the morning on core academics. The specific schedules will be shared by each elementary upon requesting half-day Kindergarten.
Q: Am I allowed to change my mind?
A: Parents will have from September 2nd through September 30th to make a decision about their student opting out of All-Day Kindergarten.
Q: What is happening during the day when the half-day kids leave? Will it be obvious that they aren’t staying? What are the other kids doing while the teacher is trying to get the half-day students out the door?
A: A classroom routine will be established for half-day Kindergarten student leaving. Students may be involved in a variety of activities during this time. The activities will depend on the day and the school schedule.
If you have other questions, please feel free to call Teresa Haugstad at 360-629-1237.
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