Weekly Update from the Superintendent - May 18, 2018

May 18, 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:

Levy Swap – The 2018 Washington state legislature “met” the Washington State Supreme Court’s requirement to “fully fund” basic education by enacting a levy swap.  It is called a “levy swap” because the amount of state funding directed to school districts was increased and the state reduced and capped local funding of voter-approved levies.

The legislature increased the state property tax rate, while reducing local school district levy property taxing authority.  The net result of the levy swap is an increase to the amount of state property tax collected for schools and a decrease in the amount of local property tax which can collected by local school districts.  It does not provide additional funding to most public school districts including Meridian. The levy swap simply changed who collects the property taxes and who gets credit for providing the funding to schools.

School Board:

Next Regular Board Meeting - The next regular School Board meeting is at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 23, 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

Business Office: (Daniel Yorton, Director of Business Services)

2018/19 Budget Preparation – The finance and human resources departments have begun the budgeting process for 2018/19. If you are an employee who manages a budget and would like to make adjustments to next year’s budget, please contact Daniel Yorton, Director of Business and Finance at dyorton@meridian.wednet.edu or at extension 2161.

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

Summer Reading List - Educators are lead learners.  As we approach the summer, consider an area where you would like to learn more, build knowledge, shift perspective, understand more deeply, grow skills. The following Summer Reading List is offered up as a starting place to support your learning.  If you have suggestions for additional titles, please email them to pfouts@meridian.wednet.edu  for inclusion in subsequent updates.  

In Praise of American Educators: And How They Can Become Even Better by DuFour

Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work™ (An Actionable Guide to Implementing the PLC Process and Effective Teaching Methods)3rd Edition by DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, Many, & Mattos 

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School by Hargreaves & Fullan

Discipline with Dignity, 4th Edition: How to Build Responsibility, Relationships, and Respect in Your Classroom by Curwin, Mendler, & Mendler

Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them by Greene

Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom by Souers & Hall

Teaching With Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do About It by Jensen

Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement by Jensen

Why We Drop Out: Understanding and Disrupting Student Pathways to Leaving School by Feldman, Smith, & Waxman

Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools by Lewis & Diamond

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Banaji & Greenwald

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Putnam

Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching by Boeler

Who’s Doing the Work: How to Say Less so Readers Can do More by Burkins & Yaris

Embedded Formative Assessment (Strategies for Classroom Formative Assessment That Drives Student Engagement and Learning) by Wiliam

Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessment & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom by Wormeli

A Repair Kit for Grading: Fifteen Fixes for Broken Grades by O’Connor

“Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.”  ― Brian Tracy  

Transportation: (Mark Dennis, Transportation Supervisor)

New Bus - #41 - The District just received another new bus to add to our fleet.  This particular bus is midsize, with a student capacity of 20 students, plus one wheelchair position.  It is also equipped with built-in booster seats throughout the bus.  It should be out on the road in the next week, so feel free to check it out.

My Favorite FLOTUS Quote of the Week:  “We should remember that just as a positive outlook on life can promote good health, so can everyday acts of kindness."  (Hillary Clinton)