As we dive into the curriculum and set our sights on supporting students in meeting the Washington State Learning Standards, we wanted to let you know about some substantial updates we have made to the math and reading curriculum we use in our elementary schools.
Construction is well underway of an advanced manufacturing lab that will allow MHS to fully implement Boeing's Core Plus curriculum. What was once a storage facility on the MHS campus is now becoming the most advanced CAD lab in Washington state with an adjoining aerospace-focused manufacturing lab for practical application. Construction of the facility began in June and is set to be ready for use in the fall of 2019.
A huge congratulations to Chain Lake Elementary on recently being named as a Washington State Recognized School!
Many of our our schools have volunteered to pilot a new online diagnostic and instruction tool called i-Ready in grades K-8 this year. This tool is similar to the STAR online assessment tool we have used in past years and will be used to assess student learning in reading and math. We will be fully transitioning from STAR to i-Ready in the 2019-20 school year at all of our elementary and middle schools to better support students in meeting the Washington State Learning Standards.
Kindergarten students at Chain Lake Elementary had the opportunity to learn about technology from Microsoft employees via the new classroom webcam. The webcams were installed with the large interactive display panels over the summer, thanks to the passage of the 2014 technology levy.
After four years of hard work, a clear vision and an unwavering commitment to seeing every student succeed, the Hidden River Middle School staff has been honored with the title of a model Professional Learning Community (PLC) school by Solution Tree. Hidden River Middle School is one of only 34 middle schools nationwide to have earned this title.
Salem Woods Elementary has been named as a 2016 Washington Achievement Award (WAA) winner by the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
A collaborative effort between many community members and school district personnel has resulted in a new vision that is both reflective of the community's values and the district's goals.