Thursday Thoughts: National School Lunch Week, Bond and Levy Information, First Aid Training at Moorlands Elementary and More

What a fabulous October week !!  There is a comfort in the rhythm of our changing seasons and the bold new colors unfolding new each day.  So many opportunities await…

National School Lunch Week

In honor of this week being National School Lunch Week and celebrating Taste Washington Day last week, I'd like to acknowledge our fabulous Food & Nutrition program. After more than a year of providing remote meals, the team is still working hard to meet the needs of our community by continuing to offer free meals to all students in Northshore. As staffing shortages and expansive supply chain issues have hit the foodservice industry across the county, our fabulous kitchen teams have not only "put food on the table," but maintained a 30% increase in daily meal participation with 10% less staff in comparison to September of 2019. Incredibly, our Northshore meal programs have already provided almost 16,000 pounds of local Washington produce and 180,000 half-pints of Washington milk to our students since the start of the year!  We are so grateful for the efforts of each of our Food and Nutrition staff members, thank you !!

Bond and Levy Information

This week our school board approved resolutions asking voters to consider three funding measures in the Feb. 8, 2022 election. These three measures will help us continue our work to build better together: modernizing schools, sustaining technology, and increasing opportunities.  As Northshore staff, you are trusted messengers in the community, and we want to make sure you have the most up to date information about the two levy renewals and the capital projects bond and how they support students and staff in our District.

Renewal of the Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O) will help educate all of our students and bridge the gap between the funding Northshore receives from the state and what is needed to fully support students, staff and schools. This four-year levy continues critical day-to-day operations not funded by the state, including nurses and mental health counselors, Special Education programs, and academic support for students receiving highly capable services. It also funds extracurricular activities for students such as band, choir, drama and athletics.

The technology levy renewal will maintain our investment in technology for students. The technology levy funds devices for all students, classroom technology and innovative learning, allows us to provide assistive technologies to improve accessibility and funds technology training for students, staff and families.

The capital projects bond will help us address our highest facility needs. Funding from the bond would allow us to add additional classroom and learning space to overcrowded schools and reduce portable classrooms, make necessary repairs to improve and modernize aging school buildings, and make safety and security upgrades in school buildings. All this work will help us keep up with continued growth in our community. 

Northshore, and school districts across the state, rely on voter-approved funding measures to cover costs that the state does not fund. Thanks to the generosity of our community, funding measures approved in 2018 allowed us to provide technology to all Northshore students, make field improvements at Maywood Hills Elementary and Bothell High School, install security cameras in schools across the District, begin construction on the new concert hall at Inglemoor, and employ classified and certificated staff above what the state pays for. Over the next few weeks, District office staff will be visiting with schools and community groups to share more information about the upcoming measures. We encourage you to invite families, neighbors and colleagues to these meetings to learn more. As a reminder, District employees cannot advocate for these measures during the school day or use school resources to advocate in support of them, but you can speak to the importance of these measures and share informational updates. More details will be added to the Bond and Levies webpage www.nsd.org/bondlevy and questions can be directed to bondlevy@nsd.org.

While we look ahead to our upcoming ballot measures, I will continue to share about the work being done thanks to our voters approving our 2018 bond. To that end, our Capital Projects and Safety & Security departments continue to collaborate on our bond-funded safety and security initiatives. A bid is out for the fencing project at Moorlands Elementary and we expect the contract will be awarded in about a month. The installation of fencing will be a mix of decorative and chain link fencing to strike a balance of aesthetics, costs and functionality. It will also provide enhanced school perimeters and guide visitors to check-in at the main office during the school day. It shows where visitors are permitted on campus prior to checking in, giving a consistent approach we can use districtwide as we plan for future installations at other campuses. Fencing projects are complete at Arrowhead and Crystal Springs elementary schools. Additionally, Kenmore Elementary School’s project is under contract for installation. To follow the progress of all of our bond-funded projects visit www.nsd.org/buildingforthefuture.

Inclusionary Work at Canyon Park Middle School

As we close out Hispanic/Latino/x Heritage Month I want to thank Canyon Park Middle School Principal, Myra Arnone for participating in a Teach-In conversation with Assistant Director of Racial and Educational Justice Ayva Thomas and Racial and Educational Justice Specialist Ranna Harb. Myra did a wonderful job of capturing the joy that comes from the inclusionary work she and her school learning community are doing at CPMS. Families are made to feel welcomed in the school, and she cultivates an assets-based mindset when working with students to promote a thriving learning environment. This work is so important for our entire Northshore community!

First Aid Training at Moorlands Elementary

I am pleased to share that E-Prep TOSA, Clark Combs reported that Moorlands Elementary School’s Safety and E-Prep Coordinator, Deb Fullerton, organized an ACT to Save a Life first aid training this week. Seventeen staff members took the hour-long class, which is a new approach to first aid that teaches three vital skills you can use to save a life in the crucial few minutes before firefighters arrive: Antidote-for suspected opiate overdose; CPR-Hands only-for cardiac arrest; and Tourniquet-for bleed control. This training ties in directly to the PTA purchase of individual Bleed Control Kits for each classroom at Moorlands. Staff received their Bleed Control Kit after completion of the morning first aid training. Several school PTA's took part in a bulk purchase of Bleed Control Kits last spring, totaling 748 kits across the District. ACT to Save a Life classes are taught through Northshore’s Safety and Security Department.  Such a great partnership, thank you !!

Batch Testing

I want to share with you some updates on our batch testing process, specifically about our confirmatory testing for those who are in positive batches. We have now implemented pre-registration for those who need to receive a confirmatory test at Pop Keeney. Families of students in positive batches receive a link to a webpage where they can select their preferred language and then complete the steps to register for the test and select an appointment. This change has significantly improved the testing experience for families and staff at Pop Keeney. Additionally, our guidance is that students and staff who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine but do need to take a confirmatory test within three days of receiving their positive batch test results. To reduce learning loss, we’ve worked with our partner CIC Health to have on-site confirmatory testing at school for those students and staff who are in a positive batch and are fully vaccinated. This means these students and staff do not need to travel to Pop Keeney for testing, but instead can have their confirmatory test completed on campus. I so appreciate the work that so many of our staff have put into this testing program, which helps keeps our schools open and our community safer.  Thank you one and all for this important work; it matters. 

Congratulations to Ben Fisher, Bothell High School German and Spanish Teacher

Congratulations to Bothell High School German and Spanish Teacher, Ben Fisher who was selected as a 2021 German Embassy Teacher of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)! The Embassy recognizes up-and-coming German teachers for excellence in teaching, creativity and outstanding dedication. The award includes an opportunity for winners to participate in professional development in Germany over the summer. “I want to thank the administration at BHS and in Northshore for offering German and allowing me to teach it, and also a shout out to my administrator Scott Leick, who provided one of my letters of support for the award,” said Fisher.  In noting the importance and impact of the award, Doug Philipp, the president of the American Association of Teachers of German shared;  “With their dedication to excellence in German language instruction, these award recipients promote the transatlantic friendship between the US and Germanā€speaking countries and foster the much-needed intercultural awareness, so their students lead successful lives in a globalized world.”  Well done and imagine the possibilities…

Coffee with the Superintendent for Families Receiving Special Education Services

Yesterday, I met with families of students receiving Special Education services during my Coffee with the Superintendent at Bothell High School. I appreciated the thoughtful questions that families brought to the event and their commitment to ensuring the best for each student’s education.  There were so many thoughtful comments, ideas, and a deep appreciation for the dedication of our staff in many roles providing special education services for our students.  Thank you one and all !!

Woodinville Chamber of Commerce

Today, I had the opportunity to provide remarks to the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce about our work together as a District and I want to thank the Chamber for their support of our students, staff, and families.  Learning happens best in community and having the Woodinville Chamber as a partner is so important to our collective success now and in the future. 

With the weekend fast approaching, I’m reflecting; “The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty and truth.”  — Albert Einstein.  As we head into this fall weekend, please enjoy the colors of the changing season and the warmth of friends and family.  

Take good care,  

Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

 

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