The Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA) will hold a series of 14 workshops throughout Washington in March and April to encourage citizens to serve on their local school boards.
Beginning next year, the district Highly Capable program will be changing in several key ways to better meet the needs of these students.
Below are some of the key changes for next year -- this is just a general overview. For more information, the district will be hosting a Highly Capable Program Parent Information Night on Monday night, March 2 at 6PM in the Henderson Bay High School commons.
Some of the concepts behind the changes include the need to provide more comprehensives services across the grades for HiCap students, providing differentiation for students with different highly capable profiles, and providing acceleration for students who are ready for it.
Early learning matters. Studies show that children who have been engaged in early learning opportunities are more likely to grow into healthy, capable, and contributing adults.
We are lucky to have many resources in our community for young children. Whether it is a preschool program, organized sports, or playing at a park, our children have the opportunity to learn and grow in a healthy environment.
The final elementary redistricting plan was approved by the school board at their February 12, 2015, meeting. The new elementary boundary changes will go into effect with the 2016-2017 school year. Families impacted will be given options to transition earlier with the 2015-2016 school year through an “Opt In” Intent form which will be available in the near future with a deadline date of April 30, 2015. There will also be a grandfathering option for 2016-2017 for fifth graders who wish to stay in their current elementary school rather than move to a new elementary for one year only. Additional communication on re-districting plans and processes will be provided throughout the remainder of this year and next school year as they are developed.
February 13, 2015
Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Community Members:
Thank you again for partnering with the Peninsula School District to make this the best opportunity for all of our students. Many of us wear more than one of the hats that fit: staff, parents, community, and students; and we know how important it is for all of us to work together for our future. This has been a busy year with a number of new initiatives and changes with the intent of improving the educational experience for all of our students.
Here are some work efforts and information that you may find of value:
The Peninsula School Board approved the new State required graduation requirements for the class of 2019. The District conducted a series of presentations at each of our Middle Schools over the last few weeks and a copy of that presentation will be available on the website soon. High School staff will be meeting with parents of current eighth graders over the next month, prior to class registration, to review the new requirements. The State Board of Education has an overview of the new requirements. View them here.