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Northshore School District

Who's the superintendent of NSD    Get to know your school board: Northshore School Board Page

Special Ed Parent/Professional Advisory Council (SEPAC)     NSD: Elementary Special Education Services Redesign 

What's going on in OLYMPIA?

League of Education Voters: Washington Legislature 101 and LEV: Legislative Tracker

League of Education Voters: 30 Minute Webinars on important and timely education issues

One of our favorite ways to keep up to speed on Education news in our state: Seattle Times Education Lab

WHAT IS MCCLEARY? Scroll down to see our summary at bottom of the page

February 2017

Legislation on Fully Funding Education and the Impending Levy CLiff

For those of you following the K-12 funding bills, ESHB 1843 just passed the House. It is VERY different from the bill that passed the Senate, SSB 5607. It will now go to a conference committee to come to a compromise bill. One Representative told me that could take 4-6 months!


Here is the text of the bill and the one amendment that passed. 
http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/…/B…/House%20Bills/1843-S.pdf…

http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/…/1843-S%20AMH%20MANW%20FRAS%…

 

January 2017

Northshore School District News

There are huge changes in the coming year including boundary changes as well as transitioning to the Middle School Model.  A new High School is opening and the Strategic Planning process is well underway. To follow these as they unfold.  

The first is Boundary Change:

The school boundaries throughout the district will change in the Fall of 2017. To find out how this affects you please go to Boundaries.

The second is the Transition to Middle School:

 

Northshore schools will move to K-5 elementary schools, 6-8 middle schools and 9-12 high schools in fall 2017. The district held open houses in March 2016 for participants to talk with district staff and principals about the changes that will happen through grade reconfiguration, the work of the grade reconfiguration task forces and the planning schools (and the district) are doing to support students, staff and families through the transitions.

Importantly, participants will had an opportunity to provide input on transition needs in relation to the various changes that will occur in fall 2017 (grade reconfiguration, boundary adjustments, the opening of North Creek High School, later high school start times, and full-day kindergarten). The input form was also available online in English and Spanish from the district website before the first open house on March 2. This input was shared with the district, schools and associated task forces to support their work in developing plans to support students, staff and families.

Final 2017 boundary maps were displayed, as well as information on the early transition waiver process and enrollment growth and mitigation. The format of each open house on March 2, 9, 15 and 23 was the same, and participants were welcome to attend the event(s) that is most convenient. The March 31 open house event was conducted in Spanish and had a slightly different format. 

2015-16 Open House Events

  • March 2: Inglemoor High School Cafeteria, 6-8 p.m.
  • March 9: Bothell High School Commons, 6-8 p.m.
  • March 15: Skyview Junior High School Gym, 6-8 p.m.
  • March 23: Woodinville High School Commons, 6-8 p.m.
  • March 31: Woodmoor Elementary School Gym, 6-8 p.m. for Spanish-Speaking Families (in Spanish

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO 2017 Transition Planning.

 

November 2016

Help set the aspirations and goals for NSD as part of the Strategic Planning Process.   Everyone is encouraged to become involved and here is a calendar showing you when and how!

September 2016

MEET OUR NEW SUPERINTENDENT DR. MICHELLE REID!

 

 

Dr. Michelle Reid was unanimously selected as superintendent by the Northshore School District Board of Directors in June 2016 following a national search.
 
Dr. Reid was formerly the superintendent of South Kitsap School District. Prior to becoming South Kitsap's superintendent, she served as deputy superintendent, district athletic director and high school principal in the Port Angeles School District. She is known regionally and nationally for instructional leadership and crafting sustainable systems for district support of the instructional core. She has been a conference keynote presenter, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) panel participant and has been a leadership facilitator at both the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership and the Harvard Institute for School Leadership.

Reid received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Washington, master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Washington, and her bachelor’s degree in Natural Science/Chemistry from the University of Puget Sound.

 

Follow her blog here:  Superintendent's Blog

 

June 2016

 

NSD heads into summer.  Here is the summer School District Newsletter.  

Don't forget to mark your calendars with Community Serve Day in August.

October 2015

Northshore School District News

  • Continued Enrollment Growth – Northshore School District has experienced consistent gains of 300-400 students per year over the past several years, with the majority of this growth concentrated in the north/central regions of the district. The district expects that trend of growing enrollment to continue in 2016-17. This is equivalent to nearly an elementary school’s worth of growth each year. Superintendent Larry Francois's Enrollment Growth letter
  • Full-Day Kindergarten – In the 2015 legislative session, state-funded full-day kindergarten was approved for all schools beginning in 2016-17. This is two years earlier than the Legislature’s previously adopted implementation schedule. The previous schedule aligned with our 2017-18 plans for opening North Creek High School and implementing grade reconfiguration and boundary adjustments, which will provide much needed relief at our most impacted elementary schools and allow greater options for full-day kindergarten at all schools. While full-day kindergarten presents a great opportunity for kids, it also doubles the number of classrooms needed to increase current half-day kindergarten programs to full-day and presents even more challenges to our classroom needs for 2016-17.
  • Future School Planning – The School Board has approved moving forward with planning for a future north end school(s). This is to be included in the NSD 2018 bond measure. If the 2018 bond is successful, NSD anticipates opening the new school(s) in 2020. Options include the Anderson parcel in on Maltby Road in Woodinville, and the Wellington Golf Course site, also in Woodinville. 
  • Opening of North Creek High School North Creek High School is slated to open in the fall of 2017. The 9-12 high school is located on a 66-acre parcel of land located off 35th Avenue between 188th and 192nd Streets S.E., directly north and northwest of Fernwood Elementary School.
  • Grade Reconfiguration — In conjunction with the opening of the new high school, the district is shifting from a Junior High Model to a Middle school model. Task forces have been set up to plan the transitions at every level.
  Elementary Task Force Middle School Task Force High School Task Force
              current model K-6 7-9 10-12
              2017 model K-5 6-8 9-12

One item of note that has come up at the Middle School Task force meetings is that they are considering a recommendation to change and/or eliminate the existing challenge program at junior high schools when they shift to middle schools. At this time, no formal recommendations have been made. Some concerned parents are hosting an information meeting on this topic: 

"Why Elementary Parents Should Care about Saving the Challenge Program" - Oct 22 at 7 pm, Kenmore Public Library Meeting Room

  • High School Start Times — January 2015: A RESOLUTION of the Board of Directors of Northshore School District No. 417, King and Snohomish Counties, Washington, directing a high school start time of no earlier than 8:00 AM by the 2017-18 school year in conjunction with the opening of North Creek High School, grade reconfiguration and associated boundary adjustments.
  • Boundary Changes: Because of overcrowding, and grade reconfiguration, and the opening of the new high school, school boundaries must be adjusted in 2017. The Enrollment Demographic Task Force developed a draft 2017 boundary adjustment proposal recommendation and gathered community input winter 2015. The task force is updating the draft 2017 boundary proposal into a more final recommendation that will be shared with the school board in May 2015.

NSD School Board Meetings: All residents are welcome to attend regular board meetings, which are on the second Tuesday at 4 p.m. and the fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. of each month.

National News

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan plans to step down from his Cabinet position by the end of the year, leaving the Obama administration more than a year before the president’s term will end.

Washington State News

The Washington State Board of Education publishes a McCleary Report Card. 

 

Washington State PTA news - October 2015

Recently our President-Elect, Charla Griffy-Brown, attended Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly in Olympia, where PTA leaders across the state spent the weekend learning about: 

WSPTA’s priorities for the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions:
1. Funding McCleary Funding McCleary
2. Create Positive School Climates Through Social Emotional Learning
3. Increasing Capital Funding
4. Increased Access to Higher Education
5. Breakfast After the Bell

2015-16 Legislative Issues
Issue #1: Improving Education Outcomes for Foster Children
Issue #2: Career Development and Training for Paraeducators

To learn more about the WSPTA legislative priorities, please visit their Advocacy website page.  Thank you Charla for standing up and speaking up for our children! 

August 2015

WA Court fines state government $100,000 per day for failure to fund education

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/politics-government/article31008225.html#storylink=cpy
 

July 2015

The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 Senate Passage

This information is adapted from Lyndsay Kubatscky’s blog about legislative advocacy so check out this blog to learn more!  The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (ECAA) was passed by the Senate on a vote of 81-17. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) crafted the bipartisan legislation which is a reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act—No Child Left Behind (ESEA-NCLB) which includes provisions to improve family engagement. We believe that this bill is a solid foundation for the reauthorization of the. The Senate adopted an amendment by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Jack Reed (D-RI) that will provide school districts and schools with the capacity to effectively engage families in their children’s education.   For example, the bill contained provisions such as the inclusion of parents in the development of school district plans to support student achievement and promote family engagement strategies in early childhood learning programs. The Senate bill will soon go to a Conference Committee with the House to work out the differences between its reauthorization bill, the Student Success Act (H.R. 5)

Additionally, through the leadership of Chris Coons (D-DE), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Jack Reed (D-RI), language was also included to encourage Title I school districts to invest additional resources in family engagement. In total, 178 amendments were introduced, with 65 accepted and 13 rejected. Several accepted amendments included the creation of a student data privacy commission to inform policymakers on updates to current laws governing this issue, addressing student access to digital learning resources at home, and the establishment of a full-service community schools grant program. Other amendments that were adopted include a proposal from Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) allowing certain funds to be spent on mental health awareness programs and one by Sen. Bennet that would require states to limit the total time students spend on tests.

Now that both houses of Congress have passed bills to reauthorize the ESEA-NCLB, they must come together to work out the differences between the two bills in conference committees. Once there is agreement, the bill will go back to each chamber of Congress for another vote. The final step is to send the bill to President Obama for his approval. We are excited that this long overdue reauthorization is closer to a reality.

Teacher Strike

Northshore Teachers vote to participate in a one-day Walk-out on May 6th.

NO school that day. 

Link to letter to parents from Larry Francois

And from the teachers union: Walk-out Info from Northshore Teachers Union

King 5: One day teacher strike planned

March 2015

Two upcoming opportunities to get updates from WA State Legislators about Education funding

1. Join Senator Andy Hill and Representatives Larry Springer and Roger Goodman at a Town Hall Meeting 

When:   Saturday, March 14 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 

Where:  Woodinville High School Performing Arts Center 19819 136th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072.

2. Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe to Speak at the PTSA Council General Meeting on 3/16 

Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe will be providing a mid-session update, focusing on education funding and legislation (including an update on McCleary).

 When:  Monday March 16th 6.30pm Meet and Greet.  Meeting starts at 7pm.

Where: Northshore School District Board Room, 3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell, WA

All Northshore PTA members are welcome to attend Northshore PTSA Council meetings.

 

A message from our Northshore Council PTSA Advocacy Rep:

 We are officially at the midway point of the legislative session. There is still plenty of activity & work left to do; the budgets from House & Senate will be released in next few weeks. There were over 2,000 bills dropped this session – it’s now down to a few hundred.  McCleary/education funding is something that will generally happen as part of the budget negotiations.  The final revenue forecast is expected to come out on March 15 and then the House will put out their budget a few days to weeks after that.  The Senate will release their version of the budget after the House.  

Will your teacher have a helper to reduce class size or will your school add additional teachers and classrooms to satisfy the lower classroom requirements? Will teachers’ salaries and 6th/7th periods of the school day continue to be subsidized by local levy dollars or paid for by the state in full? Will there be new revenue sources? These questions and more will be decided as part of McCleary and the court order to add billions of dollars to the Education Budget in this upcoming session. PTA was also strategic in getting a Social and Emotional Learning bill out of the Rules Committee in the Senate.  Breakfast After the Bell also make it out of committee.  Both of these are in the PTA Top 5 Platform

Feb 1, 2015  Proposed boundary changes 

The Northshore Schools Enrollment Demographics Task Force (EDTF) has submitted a draft of their recommended boundary changes for 2017. These changes are necessary to balance severe over-crowding in the northern part of the district and to prepare for the completion of the new North Creek High School. Parents will have many opportunities to comment on this draft, both online and in person at scheduled forums (the first one being at Woodinville High School on February 9th).  The EDTF will then consider community and school board input, make any necessary changes, and revise the plan next year if necessary.  DRAFT Maps of proposed Boundary changes for Hollywood Hill and Timbercrest Junior High (name changes to Timbercrest Middle School, in 2017)

     

It was a goal of the EDTF to limit the amount of students affected by the boundary changes, as shown by this chart:

There will be open forums, where the public can ask questions and give input about the drafts:

Feb. 9     6-8 p.m.     Woodinville High School, Commons

Feb. 12     6-8 p.m.     Bothell High School, Commons

Feb. 25     6-8 p.m.     Skyview Junior High School, Gym

Feb. 26     6-8 p.m.     Inglemoor High School, Cafeteria/Commons

March 2     6-8 p.m.     Woodmoor Elementary School, for Spanish-speaking families

The EDTF will review the feedback received and make any necessary revisions to the draft 2017 boundary proposal before submitting a draft to the school board for review in April 2015. During the 2015-16 school year, the EDTF will continue to analyze data, make updates to the draft 2017 boundary proposal, gather additional community input and present a final 2017 boundary proposal to the school board in the spring of 2016.

January 2015

PTA Voices Had an Impact on
Focus Day in Olympia


THANK YOU to everyone who STOOD UPSHOWED UP, and SPOKE UP at this year's Focus Day.  Region 6 had its largest group in many years with over 210registrants!  We delivered over 8,000 postcards (2,000 just to the Governor, below) asking legislators to fully fund education and provide services that our kids need.

We packed into meeting rooms to meet with legislators, and at noon stood in solidarity on the Capitol steps in support of Funding McCleary and our other legislative priorities.  PTA members held signs and listened to inspiring speeches.

Focus Day is just the beginning.  PTAs try to make up the shortfall with auctions and bake sales, but our kids are still shortchanged.  According to the State Supreme Court and Supt. of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, $4.5 billion is the minimum level of new funding required by McCleary.

Our legislators need to continue to hear from us this session about the importance of fully funding K-12 education.  Please sign up for action alerts from WSPTA.  We need your voice to make a difference!

Heidi Bennett, Region 6 Legislative Chair
heidi@bennettdirect.net 

November 12, 2014   Legislative Agenda Results

Washington State Parent Teacher Association Sets Legislative Agenda (October 28, 2014) — The Washington State Parent Teacher Association held its’ 36th Annual Legislative Assembly last month, in Vancouver, Washington. There, delegates met to set a new platform of legislative priorities for the 2015 -2016 legislative session. WSPTA’s priorities for the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions: 

1. Funding McCleary
2. Create Positive School Climates Through Social Emotional Learning 
3. Increasing Capital Funding 
4. Increased Access to Higher Education 
5. Breakfast After the Bell 
More info on these issues can be found at http://cqrcengage.com/npta2wa/PTAHOME
 

September 22, 2014:   WA PTA legislative Survey and upcoming ballot measures

Help set WA state PTA's legislative agenda by participating in this survey (until September 30th):  

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LEG2014

September 23rd is National Register to Vote Day. Do you know what ballot items are on this fall's ballot?

Upcoming WA Ballot Measures Fall 2014

Initiative 1351

Education

Reduces class size

Initiative 594

Firearms

Requires background checks be performed on all gun purchasers

Initiative 591

Firearms

Prevents confiscation of firearms without due process and implementation of more extensive background checks than those at the federal level

Advisory Vote No. 8

Taxes

Asks voters whether to repeal or maintain the elimination of agricultural tax preferences for aspects of the marijuana industry

Advisory Vote No. 9

Taxes

Asks voters whether to repeal or maintain leasehold excise tax on certain leasehold interests in tribal property

 

September 17, 2014    McCleary Update

Big legislative news: Supreme Court Finds Legislature in Contempt on Education Funding via Seattle Times Education blog.

From their ruling: "That the State is in contempt of court for violating the court's order dated January 9th, 2014. The State failed to submit by April 30, 2014 a complete plan for fully implementing its program of basic education for each school year between now and the 2017-2018 school year.  Sanctions and other remedial measures are held in abeyance to allow the State the opportunity to comply with the court's order during the 2015 legislative session.  If by adjournment of the 2015 legislative session the State has not purged the contempt by complying with the court's order, the court will reconvene to impose sanctions and other remedial measures as necessary..."

For more facts about McCleary case, http://waschoolexcellence.org is a good resource. Also, for more information on the McCleary case, see our article at the bottom of this page.

June 3, 2014

 

Washington State recently lost their No Child Left Behind waiver from the federal government.  Why does it matter?

Letter from Northshore School Superintendent Larry Francois (excerpt) Click on link to see whole letter.  

“It matters because the loss of the NCLB waiver will likely require a letter to every family in our district this August notifying them that their school is a ‘failing’ school that did not make AYP based on the results of state testing currently underway, including our eight schools that were recently recognized as Washington Achievement Award winning schools,” Francois wrote. “That is a very mixed and confusing message. So while I accept that this is the law, I do not accept that any of our schools are ‘failing.’”

June 2, 2014 Article in Woodinville Weekly about loss of waiver and affect on our schools.  (excerpt) Click on link to see article.

"The Northshore School District may have to set aside $446,000 of federal funding for services such as outside tutoring, busing to other schools and teacher training after Washington state lost its No Child Left Behind waiver in April."

Please be aware that most, if not all, Washington State families will receive letters this August saying that their school is failing

Article in Seattle Times: Loss of No Child Left Behind waiver means schools will be labeled ‘failing’ (excerpt) 

This fall, state education chief Randy Dorn will again ask the Legislature for dramatically increased funding to comply with the Supreme Court’s school-funding decision. At the same time, most of the state’s parents will be receiving letters explaining that their children attend schools in failing districts. That’s one of the consequences of a decision by the federal government Thursday to revoke the state’s waiver from the No Child Left Behind law....

Follow-up article in Seattle Times: No Relief for Washington Schools Under No Child Left Behind Law

Feds Rescind Washington State's "No Child Left Behind" Waiver via NPR 

 

May 20, 2014

HELP DECIDE WASHINGTON STATE PTA'S

LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM

It is that time where members may submit resolutions, legislative principles, or priority issues for the WSPTA Legislative Platform.  Every two years, WSPTA adopts a new priority platform.  If there are issues on our current priority platform that members believe should remain on our platform, those issues need to be resubmitted using the process and forms outlined here.  In addition, members may also submit changes to current resolutions or legislative principles.  New resolutions or legislative principles may also be submitted.  Members have until June 15th to submit the forms. For more info, click here.  

What is the McCleary Decision?

Preamble, Article IX, Washington Constitution: It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.

 McCleary Frequently Asked Questions PDF (excerpt below) Click on link to see full PDF

McCleary v. State is the most important court case in decades for Washington public school students and for the future of our state. In January 2012, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the State of Washington is violating the constitutional rights of children by failing to live up to its “paramount duty” to amply fund the education of all K-12 students. The Court ordered the Legislature to make steady, real and measurable progress each year and to fully fund K-12 public education by 2018.

The Decision     Supreme Court's admonishment of legislature

What's the status of efforts to fully fund education at the state level?  

Two Education Funding Bills fail to pass.  Article:  Legislature ends on time with basic education funding unresolved 

"House Bill 2797 and Senate Bill 6483 have a lot in common. Both increased funding for K-3 classroom construction, both had bipartisan sponsorship and both failed to reach the governor’s desk..."

Governor Inslee did sign some Education Bills this legislative session (April 2014):

    • E2SSB 6552 – graduation requirements, 1,080 hours in high school, math and science CTE credit equivalencies, education funding investments.  (Seattle Times Opinion article:  reasoning behind increasing requirements for high school graduation)

    • HB 2626 – codifying education attainment goals.

    • ESSB 6436 – creating a College Bound Scholarship work group.

    • SSB 6074 – improving outcomes for homeless K-12 students.

    • ESSB 6163 – improving expanded learning opportunities.

    • HB 2612 – changing provisions to the Opportunity Scholarship program.

Summaries of bills listed above can be found in the March 24 WSSDA Legislative Update or by checking the legislative web site at www.leg.wa.gov.
 

What can you do?

Contact your state legislators! The court has mandated that they "make steady, real and measurable progress each year and to fully fund K-12 public education by 2018".  Email and Call! Ask them what steps they have taken to fully fund education.  

District 45 Legislators
Senator Andy Hill, Republican
Representative Roger Goodman, Position 1, Democrat
Representative Larry Springer, Position 2, Democrat

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