The Monroe School District (MSD) Board of Directors firmly believes that being anti-racist, and eliminating racial inequities, discrimination, and institutional bias will increase achievement and graduation rates for our students while closing achievement and opportunity gaps.
As a district, we have put a lot of time and energy this year into developing engaging, relevant and meaningful lessons for our paraeducators that align with the new standards of practice. It is our goal to support our paraeducators by equipping them with the necessary tools to be successful in their vital roles, which ultimately benefits all of our students.
Next year, all MHS freshmen will be required to take 9th Grade Academy, which is a new course designed to teach important lessons in study and organizational skills, managing mental health and having a growth mindset. In addition, September 3rd is freshman orientation day for all ninth grade students at MHS.
In addition to their recognition from from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent (OSPI) for the inclusion of special education students in the general education classroom, and being named a model Professional Learning Community (PLC) school by Solution Tree last year, the Hidden River staff are now being featured on the ReadyWA's website for their commitment to improving every student's success.
At Hidden River Middle School, our staff have an "All Means All" commitment to our students, meaning that we are committed to ensuring every single student at Hidden River meets or exceeds the essential state learning standards. Our staff has identified our school-wide grading practices to be an area in which we would like to improve. We have set goals for improvement and have been working hard this year to change how we report grades to ensure they are a true reflection of students' progress in meeting the state learning standards.
With a goal of providing students the opportunity to take a wider variety of courses and supporting students in meeting increased credit requirements for graduation, the Monroe School District intends to shift to an alternating 8-period schedule at Monroe High School with a targeted implementation of the 2019-20 school year.
Any student in grade K-11 may be referred by staff, family, community members or the students themselves to be screened for the Highly Capable Program. The nomination window is Oct 29th – Nov 9th
Congratulations to the 2018 graduates of our Community-Based education program: Chase Anderson, Austin Metcalf and Jacob Reely! Thank you to our community businesses for your partnership and hats off to the grads!
Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, Leaders in Learning High School will be located as a 'school within a school' on the Monroe High School campus. In addition to the standard suite of Leaders courses in the LILHS classrooms, Leaders students will have access to select MHS courses.
Leaders from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI) and other state directors from across the country spent a day in Monroe School District learning about how we are leading the way in providing equity for students with disabilities.