As we wrap up the first month of the school year, I am reminded that this welcome back note is more than a bit overdue. With school and activities underway, I want to share that as a school community, we are struggling with the idea of how to keep you informed of school news, events, and issues. A few years ago, we made the decision to discontinue the district’s Eye on Education newspaper as a cost-savings measure. At that time, we partnered with the Outpost until it closed in May of last year. We will continue the discussion of how to most effectively and efficiently keep the news coming. In the meantime, please check the website for the most current and relevant information.
In 2012, the Washington State Legislature adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to become the new standards by which our students will be assessed. As a staff, we are continuing the arduous process of transitioning from our current state standards and assessments to the CCSS and the Smarter Balanced assessments. This is no easy feat as teachers and students are caught in the shift between current standards and those that will become the new normal. This is a time-consuming and frustrating endeavor for educators and students alike; our staff is working diligently to implement this transition as seamlessly as possible. For more information on the CCSS and transition work, see the Teaching and Learning tab under Programs and Services on this website.
As a district we are in the process of conducting a study and survey of the Lakeside High School facility. The main emphasis of this state-funded grant is to assess the safety/security, functionality, educational feasibility, and efficiency of LHS. In the coming months we will engage the community in a discussion(s) around the results of the study and survey. More importantly, we will also be asking for your input on the future of the current LHS facility. One thing is certain; it will take the voice and efforts of the community at large to bring about any desired changes to our high school.
The decisions we make today as a district and as a community impact the outcomes of our children for many years to come. As a community of educators, students, parents and families, our emphasis on a strong partnership between school and home will continue to improve the quality of life for current and future generations. Thank you for your continued support of the students, staff, and schools of the Nine Mile Falls School District. Please join me in making this a great year for children!