Weekly Update from the Superintendent - February 2, 2018

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February 2, 2018

This weekly update includes information from the District Office and department staff regarding District operations and reminders.  It does not include updates or activities from each school site.

Office of the Superintendent:

A Message from OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal –

Good afternoon education partners,

It is critical that we continue to educate our communities on the vital role local levies play in providing comprehensive services for our students. Even in a post-McCleary world, local levies are essential if we are to provide comprehensive programs and supports that are not funded as part of basic education. We risk losing over $1 billion of those local levies this January. At OSPI, we put forward two bills (SB 6362 and HB 2721) to address this new levy cliff.

OSPI just published a short video to explain the importance of retaining local levies – I hope you will watch it and share it broadly in your communities and with your stakeholders. Please let my team or me know if you have any questions.



School Board:

Marty Gray, New Board Chair – Marty has been selected as the new Chairperson for the Meridian School Board.  Congratulations to Marty Gray for taking on this leadership responsibility.

Next Regular Board Meeting - The next regular School Board meeting is at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Board meetings are held in the Professional Development/Board Room at MHS.  All staff members are invited and welcome to attend School Board meetings.   Meeting agendas and minutes can be accessed via a link from the District web site or at http://www.boarddocs.com/wa/msdwa/Board.nsf/Public

Teaching and Learning: (Patti Fouts, Director of Teaching and Learning)

Mindset Article - This article, A Mindset Shift to Continue Supporting the Most Frustrating Students, is timely as we approach mid-year.  Thank you, Adrienne Somera, IRE Assistant Principal, for sharing.  

Human Resources: (Kurt Harvill, Director of Personnel, Grants and Risk Management)

Policy Updates - The School Board approved updates to several School Board Policies at the last meeting: Policy and Procedure 5253 -  Maintaining Professional Staff Student BoundariesPolicy 5201 – Drug Free Schools Community and Workplace and Policy and Procedure 2195 – Academic Acceleration.   Please familiarize yourself with these updated School Board policies and Procedures as they govern how the District operates.  

Special Services: (Dr. Carolyn Jenkins, Director of Special Services)

Paraeducators - This week I would like to highlight some of our Meridian School District Special Education Heroes; the paraeducators who work with our students with special needs.

While many of our students who qualify under IDEA only require minimal academic or social/emotional support, there are students who require intensive supports. These services are provided by our amazing team of District special education paraeducators. By working with teachers to determine curriculum modifications and accommodations, these staff members make it possible for students with IEPs to successfully access general education classes. In resource classes, they provided valuable support to students who need re-teaching on new concepts and meeting timelines. In our District's functional/adaptive classrooms, the paraeducators serve our students' academic, social/emotional, transition and personal care needs. Each day, these people make a positive difference in the lives of Meridian School District students. Thank you for all you do to ensure the success of our students!

  • Meridian High School Team: Shannon Claeys - April Saville - Stephanie Rogers - Josh Winters - Kelcey Funk - Kris Ann Lewis
  • Meridian Middle School Team: Verica Devic - Angie Short - Abbi Rautenberg - Alex Hatley
  • Irene Reither Elementary School Team: Leslie Driediger - Lynn Buys - Jennifer Kurz - Angie Richardson -Kerry Mercer; Preschool: Jodi Zander - Elvira Troutman - Joann Tippery


My Favorite FLOTUS Quote of the Week:  “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”  (Eleanor Roosevelt)