District Update April 23, 2019 

A happy April to you,

Exciting things are happening at Elma Schools and it’s tremendously rewarding to be able to share all that we are doing to improve everything we do.

This is the time of year that we administer state testing. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the Washington State test, which is called the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which has been created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, that is why it is often referred to as the SBAC assessment. There are two parts to the assessment: English/Language Arts or ELA, and Math.

Testing will begin April 23 and run through May 21 in the Elementary School. Grades 3-5 will take that the ELA and Math assessments.  5th grade students will also take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science. In the Middle School, testing will begin May 16 and conclude May 30. All MS grades will take the ELA and Math test, while 8th grade students will take the science test.

At Elma High School, 10th grade students will take the ELA and Math assessments, while juniors who did not meet standards in the 10th grade in either Math or ELA, will re-take that assessment. All juniors will be taking the science test. Their testing dates are May 14 to May 29.

East Grays Harbor HS students will take the assessments from May 14 to May 30.

Here is a link for families with more information about the tests, including advice for parents on helping students prepare for the test. We know that these assessments are only one snapshot in measuring what students know and can do, so please help by ensuring they are present on testing days, and that they are relaxed and not stressed when they take the test.

Smarter Balanced Family Resources

We are currently preparing to put out bids repair the roof on the CTE/music/athletic wing of the High School. This is a project that was budgeted from our levy funds some time ago. We have had to delay it for a variety of reasons, but are prepared to move forward with it this summer. We want to thank our voters for their continuing support of our students in ensuring our buildings are safe and maintained.

Another project the School Board is considering, is the addition of two portable buildings. One would be added to East Grays Harbor HS. Currently, one EGHHS teacher is working out of a portable that is on the MS campus. We would like to have all their students in one building, which will enhance communication and safety. The Board is also considering adding a portable to the Elementary School. Increasing enrollment has caused a shortage of space, and the addition of another portable with two classrooms in it will alleviate that shortage.

The other project the Board has under consideration, is a renovation of a building on the HS campus where we had previously run a fish nursery for planting fish in local streams. We stopped that program in favor of those that will help students with jobs or careers that have more employment opportunities. We started our Aeronautics class with a curriculum targeted at students who want to pursue a job in airplane assembly. This has been an excellent springboard for our students, with several being hired by airplane manufacturers right out of high school.

School to work transition, as mentioned above, is a very important part of our focus at the secondary level. In 2017, we hired Mary Roberts to be a “Career Connected Coordinator. That title reflects what Mary does, which is to help students be placed in job shadows, internships and paid and volunteer work experiences. This program has been a tremendous success, with over 70 students placed in one of those kinds of experiences. Here is a link to Mary discussing her program and the Early Bird Café, which is run by the HS marketing class.

Introduction to "Engage" Videos

Early Bird Cafe

Superintendent Kevin Acuff

Posted by esmith On 23 April, 2019 at 4:21 PM  

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