Weekly Update from the Superintendent - February 16, 2017

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February 16, 2017

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:

Legislative Conference – On Sunday and Monday I participated in the annual WSSDA legislative conference in Olympia along with our school board legislative representative, John Bosche and our two MHS student school board representatives (Bryn Magnusson and Rubijean Stuit).  At the conference we heard from Governor Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal as well as a number of other state leaders. We also had a personal meeting with our local 42nd Legislative District representatives (Van Werven and Buys) and a representative from Senator Ericksen’s office. This meeting gave us an opportunity to advocate for our priorities on behalf of public schools. This is a critical issue this session as the legislature grapples with finding solutions for school funding. I encourage each of you to be attentive and be engaged during this critical legislative session and to communicate with our legislators often.  They emphasized that they want to hear from the people they represent regarding the various topics in front of them during this session.  Here are their e-mail addresses.


Representative Van Werven:           luanne.vanwerven@leg.wa.gov

Representative Buys:                       vincent.buys@leg.wa.gov

Senator Ericksen:                                doug.ericksen@leg.wa.gov

All MCEA and MEA Members and Administrators - - On Wednesday March 8th at 1:45-3:00 p.m. all MCEA, MEA and Administrators will be meeting* in the MHS auditorium for a presentation by Mike Mattos, a national expert on Response to Intervention (RTI) and Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s).  The District has made these two interdependent initiatives priorities in our schools (Data Teams and WIN time at IRE and MMS, and T3 time at MHS).  The District is providing this professional development opportunity for all staff to gain first-hand insights from this highly regarded educational leader.  Please talk with your building Principal to learn more. *Attendance is required.  A Google calendar invite to all applicable staff will go out early next week.

This article, The Why Behind RTI, co-authored by Mike Mattos and this video, Simplifying Response to Intervention, provide a preview of the content of the upcoming event. For more information about Mike Mattos, read his bio here.

School Board:

The next School Board meeting is at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  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)

Center for Education Leadership Dimensions of Learning (CEL 5D+) - Curriculum & Pedagogy (CP7 - Scaffolds for Learning:  Gradual Release of Responsibility) 

Employing the gradual release of responsibility is an effective way to scaffold student learning.  This one-age overview provides a quick-reference, and the short videos below show the gradual release of responsibility model in action in classrooms:  

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

Purchasing Reminder - As a reminder to all staff, the District is not authorized to make purchases through Costco. Costco is a membership only store in which the District does not hold a membership. It is not allowable for employees to purchase supplies for the District using their personal Costco membership and then later request reimbursement from the District. Instead, purchases must be made using the standard purchase order process. Please work with your school or department secretaries to identify vendors that accept purchase orders and follow the District’s purchasing policies and procedures. 

Transportation: (Mark Dennis, Transportation Services Supervisor)

Type 2 Training – Important Reminder: As spring approaches and field trips increase, any staff members considering transporting nine or less students in school vehicles must have a Type 2 authorization.  This initial training is provided by our Driver Trainer Barbara Walcott and lasts about two hours.  Also, for those who have taken the course but not had a refresher in more than one year, you must also contact Barbara Walcott for refresher training.  This "refresher" session takes about 30 minutes, but is required.  Please contact Barbara Walcott to coordinate any training opportunities.

My Favorite Thomas Edison Quote of the Week:  “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”