Messages to Families: 2021-22 School Year

  • SBLSD News: 7/19/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 7/19/2021

    Free school supplies at curbside pickup events

    Do you know a student in need of free school supplies? The District’s annual Back-To-School Resource Fair is happening this year with curbside grab-and-go events.

    Families of Sumner-Bonney Lake students may pick up supplies, such as backpacks, pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, binders, and more at these events:

    Aug. 17
    Liberty Ridge Elementary (Bonney Lake)
    2202 209th Ave Ct E
    11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Aug. 19
    Daffodil Valley Elementary (Sumner)
    1509 Valley Ave
    11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Aug. 24 & 26
    Sumner-Bonney Lake Family Center
    1508 Willow St (in Sumner)
    2 - 6 p.m.

    For those who would like to donate backpacks, we suggest giving online. This way, we can purchase more items in bulk at a much cheaper price. For more information, call the Sumner-Bonney Lake Family Center at (253) 891-6150.

    Start of 2021-22 school year

    We’re looking forward to next school year, when we can see students in-person five days a week! We recognize that knowing school schedules in advance is critical for families to plan their work, childcare and other activities. Here are important items to note regarding schedules for next school year as well as a look ahead at key dates for both the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years.

    First day of school
    • Sept. 7: First day of school for grades 1-12

    • Sept. 10: First day of Kindergarten

    Bell schedule

    Bell schedules vary by school. Elementary schools will continue to be defined by “early start” and “late start.” Here’s the 2021-22 bell schedule for each school.

    Late-start Mondays

    This will have weekly late-start day on Mondays for the 2021-22 school year. Referred to as “Late Start Monday,” these are days when students will catch the bus and begin school about 90 minutes later than other days. This late start schedule one day a week allows teachers to participate in professional learning groups to collaboratively plan, learn and share instructional practices, which increases school performance and student achievement.

    School supplies

    In order to provide some relief from back-to-school shopping, most elementary schools* are asking families to contribute a $20 donation per child to cover the cost of school supplies. Families will be able to pay in August through Family Access or at their child’s school when elementary offices reopen on Aug. 24.

    *Liberty Ridge Elementary: School supplies for students attending Liberty Ridge have already been purchased by both the school and Open Life Church. Students will receive their supplies on the first day of school, but should plan to bring their own backpack.

    Key dates

    Negotiated between the Sumner Education Association and the District, our school calendars are planned far in advance. Here are links to key dates that outline holidays, school board meetings and other events.

    Featured job openings

    $2,000 sign-on incentive for bus drivers!

    We are looking for bus drivers to join our team! As we prepare to bring back students for full-time in-person learning in the upcoming school year, we need drivers to safely drive our students to and from school each day. We are currently offering a $2,000 sign-on incentive! Benefits include: Flexible schedules with weekends and summers off. If you or someone you know is interested, learn more about becoming a bus driver and apply here.

    Wanted: Skilled Trades, Manufacturing, and Engineering Teacher

    Sumner High School is looking for a teacher with experience in the skilled trades, manufacturing, and/or engineering to join our manufacturing and engineering pathways. The ideal candidate does not need a teaching certificate; experience in the industries listed above would suffice. Some benefits of this position are:

    • Great schedule

    • Brand new equipment

    • Training is provided for course-specific content and to earn CTE certification

    • Teach students real-world, hands-on skills

    For more information about the position click here or contact Aaron Tomyn at (253) 891-6064.

    Summer meals

    The District’s free curbside meal program continues throughout the summer! Here are details about the program:

    • Now - Aug. 19

    • Monday - Thursday

    • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    • Two pick-up sites:

      • Daffodil Valley Elementary (1509 Valley Ave in Sumner)

      • Liberty Ridge Elementary (12202 209th Ave Ct E in Bonney Lake)

    • Free breakfast and lunch for ALL kids 18 and younger

    • Drive thru or walk up

    • No applications required

    • On Thursdays an additional meal bag will be provided for Friday

    For more information, please call the District’s Child Nutrition Services at (253) 891-6450.

    BLHS FCCLA students compete at national level

    Congratulations are in order for Panthers from Bonney Lake High School who participated in, and took home awards from the National FCCLA Leadership Conference and Competition!

    Two of the STAR event competition projects earned the top two spots in the nation!

    • First place: Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation by Hailey Littlefield and Grace Pearson for their pizza restaurant design project.

    • Second place: Chapter Service Project Portfolio by Lily Hoopes and Samra Young for their work with the Bonney Lake Food Bank during COVID-19.

    In addition, all BLHS projects received a GOLD ranking this year. The other projects that placed were:
    • Repurpose and Redesign by Paige Littlefield where she repurposed materials to make a memorabilia chest.

    • Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation project by Claire Fruehauf and Shelby Sjoblom for their Italian restaurant design project.

    • Entrepreneurship project by Dylan Lanz and Gigi Osborn for their children's gym business plan.

    We also had two students who dedicated many hours to evaluating competition projects. Thank you to Lauren Lewis and Callia Cartwright.

    We are so proud of these students for their hard work and making our community shine at the national level!

    School board awards construction contracts for SHS and MMS expansions

    At the July 14 meeting, the school board awarded construction contracts for Sumner High School and Mountain View Middle School. Bids came in under the estimated budget for both projects, which have made substantial behind-the-scenes planning, design and permitting progress over the past year. Here’s more detail about the final two projects funded by the 2016 capital construction bond: 

    • SHS Expansion Phase 1: Take a peek inside this first phase of the project, which includes a new security vestibule, commons, cafeteria, library, student store, science labs, classrooms and more. This Phase 1 project deliberately incorporates a forward-thinking design to allow for the future Replacement Phase 2, which will be included in the District’s next bond proposal.

    • MMS Expansion: Highlights of the expansion include six new classrooms, redesigned classrooms, expanded commons area, security vestibule, remodeled office area, new flooring and updated exterior. ICYMI: The school’s track & field upgrade project was completed in November 2020. Watch the video celebrating the completion.

      • Construction contractor: Kassel & Associates, Inc (total contract amount: $6,999,000)

      • Anticipated completion for expansion: Early 2022

    New administrators join SBLSD in the areas of equity and HR

    We are excited to welcome two new directors to our Central Office: Sophia Agtarap and Adrienne Chacon!

    Sophia Agtarap, Director of Equity and Language Services

    Self-described as an equity and inclusion champion, Sophia joins our District in a newly-created position that will lead the development and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

    Her previous employment has taken her from Hawaii to Seattle and currently Nashville as the Director of Communications for the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University. She’ll be moving back to Washington to start her new position on Aug. 2.

    Once a high school English teacher, Sophia went on to hold positions as an English language and citizenship instructor, administrative counselor, program coordinator, and equity, diversity and inclusion consultant, as well as communication-related roles focused on marketing, outreach and online engagement.

    Sophia earned a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s in teaching in English and ESL, and a master’s of communication in digital media from the University of Washington. She is also earning her doctorate in education in diversity and inclusion from the University of Illinois.

    In her free time, Sophia, along with her spouse and two children, enjoy the water -- in the pool, at the beach and kayaking. They also enjoy science and discovery through trips to the science center and tinkering with gadgets at home.

    Adrienne Chacon, Human Resources Director

    With already a few weeks under her belt, Adrienne started her new position on July 1. This newly-created second HR Director position works alongside current HR Director Diana Thomas to support District staff.

    No stranger to education, Adrienne’s nearly 30 years of leadership experience comes from public schools in Federal Way and Northshore. She held positions of a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and most recently as principal at Thomas Jefferson High School. She was also instrumental in the creation and execution of several initiatives, including In Service of Equitable Education Opportunities for All, High Expectations with High Support, Building a Schoolwide Culturally-Responsive Environment, and Districtwide Systems Alignment.

    Adrienne earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, K-8, PE from Northwest University and a master’s in educational leadership and principal certificate from City University.

    In her spare time, this married mother of two teenage girls enjoys reading, music, dance, drawing/painting and traveling. Adrienne is also quite the cyclist as she has twice biked to Lake Chelan, once over Snoqualmie Pass and once over Mt. Baker.

    July School Board meeting highlights

    Donation Accepted

    • William (Ted) E. Bennett donated $10,000 to be used in the District’s CTE program and to purchase backpacks for students.

    Presentations Reports Meeting Recording

    Recording (passcode: Y*v=9*zv)

    Upcoming Meeting
    • Aug. 18

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