We were all invited to the Marysville Summit on Education held on March 29 at Marysville Getchell High. Change is the reason we should have attended. The school district has a new superintendent. The county has a new County Exec. Out with the old and in with the new. Newcomers’ decisions will certainly affect our lives, so we share an interest in how they manage the challenges of their jobs.
The Arlington Boys & Girls Club has outgrown its facility at the Arlington Airport. When it was built with donated funds, services and materials 25 years ago, who would have thought we would see such a tremendous growth in our community? It seriously needs to be expanded.
He said, “Have a great day,” but I heard, “Have a gray day.” Why this reversal of mood? Why did I turn a happy wish into a downer? The simple reason is that I’m feeling SADness, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. And from what I’ve gathered the SAD syndrome has gone viral hereabouts.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the law that ensures schools provide services to children with disabilities. In Washington State, IDEA and state special education law governs how local districts and other public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to students from birth through to age 21. Special Education is defined as: “specially designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.”
Communication between school staff and parents/guardians creates a team approach to help our children succeed.
During this holiday season, I would like to take a moment to share how grateful I am for our staff who are incredibly hard working, compassionate and dedicated to the success and well-being of all of our children; for a Board of Directors who cares deeply and gives so much of themselves to serve; and for a community who stands tall and wraps its arms around our most precious resource — the children.
Veterans Day has passed so it’s now okay for me to come out of hiding. It’s been 60 years since I became a war veteran and for most of the last 50 years I’ve dodged Veterans Day, not because veterans don’t deserve recognition but because for many, the day has become a celebration of militarism. It should be a time of quiet reflection. War is hell and deserving of solemn remembrance.
The new state teacher evaluation system began with Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6696 from the 2010 legislative session. There had not been a change to the teacher evaluation system for over 25 years. The bill resulted in a change from a two-tiered rating system of satisfactory and unsatisfactory to a four-tiered evaluation system with ratings of unsatisfactory, basic, proficient and distinguished. The four-tiered rubric will allow the evaluator to provide feedback along a continuum, rather than just a simple satisfactory and unsatisfactory.