Week of 1/9 – 1/13


Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 1/9 N/A
Tuesday, 1/10  

Admin out @ P12 Meeting – AM

Wednesday, 1/11 Bill Oman (Director of Sec. Ed) Visit – 8:00 

ILT Workgroups (non-Core Instruction) – After School

8th Grade Science Symposium – 6:00 -7:00 — Student Center

Thursday, 1/12 6th/7th Academic/Pride Awards – 8:30 – 9:30 –> Student Center

8th Grade Academic/Pride Awards – 1:30 – 2:30 –> Student Center

Sam Bennett/District Coaches Visit — All Day –> Media Center

Friday, 1/13 College Gear! 

Sam Bennett/District Coaches Visit — All Day –> Media Center

Shout Out!

Shout out to the 7th grade Humanities team for hosting the “Coffee House” reading on Wednesday.  Parents attended the “coffee house” as students read their narrative writing pieces.  Participants partook in warm beverages and light snacks as they listened to students share their narrative voice.  This is another example of how authentic, purposeful unit design can result in something powerful and public.

Testing Update

Due to the shifts in our technology, we may have the rethink our testing schedule.  What this likely means is that we would mimic last year’s schedule.  We were hoping to be more tech abundant for this year’s testing window — perhaps even 1:1 — but we cannot say for certain what our tech will look like.  We would like to err on the side of caution in this case to ensure that our testing is properly administered.

Trimester Date Change

Last week, an email was sent to all users describing changes to end of trimester dates due to our snow days.  Please read below:

So far in the 2016-17 school year, Evergreen Public Schools have had four inclement weather days which canceled school (December 8 & 9, and December 15 & 16). All school districts in the state of Washington are required to have 180 days of school, so any cancelled school day must be made up within the school year. Evergreen Public Schools adds missed days to the end of the school year, so these will be added in June. If there are no other inclement weather/cancelled school days the remainder of this year, the last day of class will move from June 15 to June 21 (high school graduation days will not change).

However, under the current semester calendar at the high school level, first semester classes will have four less days of class, while second semester classes will have four additional days of class. At the middle school level, this means each trimester will have a different number of class days as well. For each class subject, this means a significant change in the amount content that can be covered within the semester or trimester.

To compensate for this, the following changes in the beginning/end of middle and high school trimester and semester dates will be adjusted:

MIDDLE SCHOOLS (Cascade, Covington, Frontier, Pacific, Shahala and Wy’east): The end of the second trimester will move to March 24 (and be an early release day). March 17 will now be a full day of school; and

ALL SCHOOLS: January 27 will remain a non-school day.


Old Man Winter was destined to get the best of us this week – when he couldn’t best us with a power outage, next up was the absence of morning heat in sub-20 degree temperatures.  I want to thank you all of your flexibility in both situations.  Staff were willing to drop everything and help us out amidst some crazy moments.  We have since debriefed the power outage situation and have a plan for maintaining communication in situations like that when the power is down.  It is amazing how much we rely on our ability to use the PA.

Despite these curveballs, however, bellies were filled and minds were enriched.  A huge thank you to you all for stepping up.  Only one music video can truly capture the essence of this staff’s ability to “dance in the dark”!  🙂


Plan for Wednesday 1 /11

This Wednesday, 1/11, all ILT groups (minus Core Instruction) are scheduled to meet.  This would be a good opportunity to review the feedback that you received at our December ILT share-out.  This information can be found in ItsLearning under the ILT folder.

Last Wednesday, Core Instruction ILT met and used this feedback to plan our next steps – creating a structure for Learning Walks at Frontier.  The group hopes that this will create a foundation in which teachers can go into one another’s classrooms to see how they are implementing a variety of structures such as a) using the Workshop model to plan daily instruction, b) use specific components of Workshop to enhance learning (e.g. how to utilize teacher time during student work time to gather information about learners), c) how to use technology to enhance learning and create a more blended learning environment … lots of possibilities.  Stay tuned for our experience with this structure.

Sam Bennett Visit – 1/12 & 1/13

On Thursday and Friday of this week, Sam Bennett will be returning to Frontier to work with instructional coaches and district personnel around Workshop Implementation to support personalized learning.

We will have quite a few people in the building on these days (30+ on the guest guestlist), however, they will be sequestered to the media center.



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