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  • Messages are sent out to families via school messages.
    All families should log into Family Access to update contact information and select preferred messages. Families can update email addresses and choose the phone number to which general and emergency messages will be sent (home, work or cell phone).  After logging into Family Access, click the Skylert link on the left-hand side.
  • Principal Update: 6/21/19

    Posted by SBLSD on 6/24/2019

    Dear Trailblazers and Families,

    Wow.  There are hardly words for the year we’ve had with these founding students of THE.  This first school year has gone by in a flash, and yet it feels like we accomplished 3 years worth of community building, school culture creating, and incredible learning.  We set out to create something special with this space, and our mission was accomplished.  This school has so much heart and soul, it’s bursting at the seams.  This is all because of these amazing kids and their equally amazing families.  We could not have done any of this without your support. 

    A few details as we wrap up the year:

    A New Tradition:

    Last Day School - Dismissal Parade

    At dismissal on Tuesday, the staff would love to send the kids off into summer as we cheer and clap for them. If you have a car or bike when you pick up your student(s), feel free to decorate them and join in the festivities!  

    For parents that pick up behind the school: Please make sure to loop through the front entrance of the school for a victory lap!  We’d love to cheer for your students.

    The Golden Acorn Award:

    The Golden Acorn Award is presented to a Tehaleh Heights Elementary School volunteer in recognition of their dedication and service to our school, students and community. A Golden Acorn Award is very special and is given for continued and dedicated service. Since the beginning of this program, more than 50,000 Golden Acorn Awards have been presented to volunteers throughout Washington State. For each award given, they will receive a pin and a special certificate from the Washington State PTA. Their name will also be added to the Golden Acorn plaque on display at Tehaleh Heights Elementary.

    Our Golden Acorn Award Winner for the 2018-2019 school year, is Carrie Tullock.  This selfless woman is the embodiment of truly humble, servant leadership.  Her heart can be felt in every corner of this school.  What an honor it has been for the THE staff, THE PTA, and the volunteer community to work side by side with this incredible leader and visionary.  Carrie, you are one in a million!  Thank you for everything you've done to help us all build the school of our dreams.


    On June 18th, we were able to bring Broadway to THE with our first ever stage performance of Cinderella The Musical, thanks to a generous grant from our PTA!  With a cast of over 60 students and a troop of set engineers, we had so many opportunities for kids to shine.  We’ll never forget the closing scene with each of them singing their hearts out to a standing room only crowd.  Thank you to all the families that made these rehearsals work into their busy schedules. Thank you to the volunteers who devoted so much of their heart and skill into the sets and costumes.  Thank you to Mrs. Frederick, Mrs. Nelson, Ms. Matthews, Mrs. Ottele, and Mrs. Andros for making this dream come to life for the kids!

    Lost and Found:

    Missing a sweatshirt??  We can almost guarantee that it’s in our Lost and Found area!  Our rack is runneth over with items just waiting to go back home.  Make sure to stop by and check for your belongings in the Launch Pad.

    Summer Lunch Program:

    If you or your family needs a little help over the summer, we have a lunch program that will provide food at no cost.  

    We wish all our Trailblazers a safe and carefree summer!  We can’t wait to see you next year!  And to our graduating 5th graders, don’t forget to stop in and see us.  We’re so proud to send you out into the world to SOAR with your very capable wings.  Once a Trailblazer, always a Trailblazer!


    Trailblazers STEP Up!

    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, and Positive)

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  • Principal Update: 6/7/19

    Posted by SBLSD on 6/7/2019

    Trailblazer Families,

    We'd be honored to have you volunteer and be part of our 1st Annual Field Day here at THE on Friday, June 14th!  Please use the link below to sign up for a shift.  First come, first serve.  Also note: you must be an approved volunteer through the Sumner Bonney Lake School District.  

    Trailblazers STEP Up!

    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, andPositive)

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  • Principal Update - May 10

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 5/10/2019

    Dear Trailblazers and Families,

    Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all our Tehaleh Height's Families!

    Since we are enjoying the warmer weather, we wanted to share the SBLSD information regarding proper attire at school.  This information can be found on page 16 of the Student and Family Information Guide on the district website at:

    Student and Family Information Guide

    The handbook specifically states as follows:

    • Clothing must cover stomachs, backs, shoulders, and chests.

    • Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be no shorter than 3” above the top of the knee caps.

    • Footwear must be worn at all times appropriate to the activity. For safety reasons, strapless shoes and high heels are discouraged.

    Have a great sunny weekend!


    Trailblazers STEP Up!

    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, andPositive)

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  • Principal Update - May 7

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 5/7/2019

    Dear Trailblazers and Families,

    We say it with every new month, but how can it be May already?!?  The school year is over in less than 7 weeks and none of us can believe it!  May is a full month of learning and growth as we finish off this year strong.  PERSISTENT is our character trait of the month and it perfectly describes the tone of this month as well. Our daily dialog with our students is all about how to try again, to never give up, to push through the discomfort of a failed attempt, and how to savor the success that happens as a result of their persistence.  We are so proud of each and every one of these Trailblazers!

    SBA Testing Is This Week!

    Testing started Monday for our 3rd/4th/5th grade Trailblazers. We just know they will SOAR to success!

    As part of our Art Docent/Green Team Recycled Art Collaboration....these 100% recycled cardboard wings were installed in the main staircase landing. Each feather was hand cut by a docent and painted with a custom mixed palette to match the school’s interior. The feathers are individually adorned with graphic art by all of our 4th and 5th grade students....each one beautiful and unique, just like their personalities.

    Trailblazers Win BIG At State Reflections Award Assembly!

    Did you know that 3 out of the 4 Sumner Bonney Lake School District students, who won at the PTA State Reflections Award Assembly, were from Tehaleh Heights Elementary?!? The Reflections artistic theme this year was “Heroes” and I would say that the following young ladies are definitely our heroes!


    McKenna Kim-Locke, 5th Grade - Outstanding Interpretation In Film Production

    “Girl Power” - A stop motion film about Ruth Bader Ginsburg


    Clara Parrish, 4th Grade - Award Of Merit in Literature

    “Bitsy The Hero” - A short story about one amazing bee and her human friend.


    Dakota Frederick, 4th Grade - Award Of Excellence in Dance Choreography

    “We Can Be Heroes” - An original and uplifting individual dance performance.

    More about this national program:

    The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are: Visual Arts Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production.

    “Surviving The Sound” Salmon Sponsorship Program!

    Our students in Mrs. Null’s STEM class have adopted steelhead salmon via the “Surviving The Sound” program! Every grade has adopted a salmon and will be tracking it’s migration from local rivers to the Puget Sound.  Live daily updates make it possible for each grade level to know exactly how far their salmon has progressed, making it as fun as it is informational.  Migration starts from May 6th-10th…..ready, set, race!

    First Graders Rising To A Challenge!

    These hard working 1st graders look more like serious college students! This week, Mrs. Schukantz’s and Mrs. Grant/Sorensen’s classes have been collaborating on their animal habitat reports and presentations. The two classes combined their students and organized them in teams of four, using an alternative learning environment so they could stretch out (the Launch Pad). The result was pure magic. Student engagement is obvious in these candid photos. So proud of these Trailblazers!!

    We Are Gardeners!

    Every student has an opportunity to garden in the Library at THE and their excitement is priceless! Our goal as educators is to create spaces that foster creativity, inclusivity, discovery, and full circle learning within our curriculum. The topic of gardening and growing seems to be a universal favorite among our students and speaks to every grade levels individual CKLA core curriculum. HUGE THANKS to the Perry Family for their generous donation of an aeroponic tower garden! We’ve been able to share with the children a 21st century way of gardening and expand their knowledge of the plant life cycle by comparing the many different ways you can cultivate and care for plants.  Our seedlings will soon be planted into the soilless Tower Garden that will be located in the upstairs landing of the school.  We are also germinating pumpkin seeds which will transfer out to the STEM Garden at the end of this month.  By October, we hope to have Tehaleh Heights Elementary’s first Pumpkin Patch!

    Student Placement /Parent Input Form for 2019/2020 school year:

    These forms are available to pick up anytime at the front office and are due by May 13th. The office is open between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.


    Trailblazers STEP Up!

    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, and Positive)

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  • Principal Update - Apr. 26

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 4/26/2019

    Dear Trailblazers and Families,

    We hope that you have great plans to enjoy the weekend weather!  Just a couple things to update you on as we head into the weekend:

    SBA Testing Has Moved Out A Week:

    The New Test Dates Are As Follows:

    May 6-7  ELA

    May 13, 14, 16, 17  ELA

    May 20-21  Math

    May 23-24 Math

    Thank you for all your donated snacks and supplies.  We will be using them starting May 6th!

    Student Placement 2019-20

    We will soon begin the student placement process for the 2019-20 school year.  Careful thought is put into balancing all classrooms according to students' academic and social needs.   If you have information about your child you would like us to consider during the placement process, we ask that you complete a Parent Input Form and submit it to our front office prior to May 12th. Parent Input Forms are available in the front office.

    Community Cultural Celebration Is This Saturday, 4/27:

    Celebrate the cultures represented in our community and volunteer to participate at the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District Community Cultural Celebration on April 27.   Celebrate your own culture and enjoy learning about the many other cultures in our community!

    April 27  | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  | Sumner Middle School, 1508 Willow Street

    Visit for more information.  The event is free and open to the public.



    Trailblazers STEP Up!
    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, and Positive)

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  • Principal Update - Mar. 29

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 3/29/2019

    Trailblazers and Families,

    Early this morning, a Tehaleh resident reported seeing a cougar near Tehaleh Heights Elementary.

    Out of an abundance of precaution, we notified the Department of Fish & Wildlife to make sure they were aware of the sighting. At no time were students in any danger. School instruction went on as usual with additional vigilance at the time of outside activities.

    I thank the Tehaleh community for their alertness and reports to official agencies of such wildlife in the area. It’s important to work together to help ensure the safety of our students. 

    Trailblazers STEP Up!
    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, and Positive)

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  • Principal Update - Mar. 15

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 3/15/2019

    Trailblazers and Families,

    March is halfway through and there’s lots to celebrate here at THE! Thank you so much to our incredible PTA for a fun and successful Book Fair Week. The theme was Dino-mite….and it was just that. We’ll never forget the 6 foot inflatable T-Rex that roamed the halls and wandered into our morning launch meetings.  Seriously, those PTA gals know how to make everything they do feel so special. And HUGE thanks to all the families that came out to support their efforts by putting brand new books into kids hands.  And because of this successful event, the PTA was able to generously reinvest  thousands of dollars of books into our classrooms and library. Thank you to everyone that tirelessly donated their time, energy, and funds! Also a special thank you to the Bliss family who generously donated incentive prizes for our students getting rewards for step up slips!  This has been such a fun addition to our morning launch meeting!

    Just wanted to share some useful information for the remainder of the month.  Thanks for all you do in helping us blaze these trails!


    Dates To Remember:

    Wed. 3/20 - PTA General Membership Meeting @ 6:30 pm

    Thurs. 3/21 - Talent Show Performance @ 2:15 pm

    Fri. 3/22 - NO SCHOOL

    Tues. 3/26 - Conferences - Half Day Early      Dismissal @ 12:15 pm (no lunch is served)

    Tues. 3/26 - PTA Spring Bingo Night 6-8 pm

    Thurs. 3/28 - Conferences - Half Day Early Dismissal @ 12:15 pm (no lunch is served)

    4/8-4/12 - SPRING BREAK

    When is the last day of school?

    We know you're wondering -- and we're close to finalizing -- the official student ending date for the 2018-19 school year. The School Board and the state must first approve our request to waiver two school days missed during the state of emergency.  Here are two scenarios based on the outcome of our waiver request with the state: 

    • If state approves waiver: The last day of school year would be Tuesday, June 25.
    • If state denies waiver: The last day of the school year would be Thursday, June 27.

    Once we receive a response from the state, we will communicate the official school year ending date to you. In the meantime, here are answers to some other frequently-asked questions.



    Community Cultural Celebration April 27 

    Celebrate the cultures represented in our community and volunteer to participate at the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District Community Cultural Celebration on April 27.   Celebrate your own culture and enjoy learning about the many other cultures in our community!


    Families are invited to sign up to:

    • Provide food from your cultural heritage
    • Lead/assist a cultural art project/craft for kids
    • Share culture through performance (sing, dance, storytelling, etc.)
    • Assist with information, set up, clean up, station help, etc.
    • Lead a Language Learning Session (teach phrases and greetings in your home language)

    April 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sumner Middle School

    Visit for more information.  The event is free and open to the public


    When to keep your child home.... A message from the health room:

    Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be a difficult decision for parents to make. When trying to decide, use the guidelines below to help you.

    Go to School if: your child has any of the following, they should probably go to school:

    • Sniffles, a runny nose and a mild cough without a fever (this could be an allergic response to dust, pollen or seasonal changes.)

    • Vague complaints of aches, pain or fatigue.

    Stay at home guidelines:

    • Chicken Pox: Children must stay home until all pox are scabbed over. Call the school to report that your child is out with this illness.

    • Communicable/Contagious Illness: Do not send a child to school with a contagious illness such as Impetigo, Staph or MRSA. Your child can return to school when on an antibiotic or appropriate medication for 24 hours, or with a note from your health care provider stating your child is no longer contagious. Call the school if your child has any of these conditions.

    • Cough: Do not send a child to school with a nagging or deep cough.

    • Diarrhea: Do not send a child to school with any unexplained watery stools, especially if the child acts or looks ill. Your child must stay home for at least 24 hours after the last watery stool.

    • Ear Pain: Consult with your health care provider. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.

    • Eyes: Do not send a child to school with thick discharge, pus draining from the eye or pink eye. With pink eye you may see a white or yellow discharge, matted eyelids after sleep, eye pain and/or redness. Call the school if your child has pink eye. Your child can return when on an antibiotic for 24 hours or a note from your health care provider stating your child is no longer contagious is provided.

    • Fever: The best way to check for a fever is with a thermometer. No child with a temperature over 100.4 degrees should be sent to school. The child should be fever free for 24 hours (without fever reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin) before returning to school.

    • Lice: Head lice must be treated, and ALL nits removed before the child can return to school. Call the school if your child has lice.

    • Scabies: Students may return to school 24 hours after treatment has begun. Call the school if your child has scabies.

    • Rash: Do not send a child with a new rash or open sore to school until your health care provider has said that it is safe to do so. All open sores must be covered and drainage contained prior to returning to school.

    • Sore Throat: If your child has a sore throat and white spots can be seen in the back of the throat or a fever is present, keep your child at home and call your doctor. With strep throat your child may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotics.

    • Vomiting: Do not send a child to school if vomiting two or more times in a 24 hour period or once if other symptoms are present (fever, lethargy or nausea). Your child must stay home until symptom free for 24 hours.

    Please feel free to contact the health room staff at your child’s school or the district health services department at 253-891-6051 if you have any questions.


    Trailblazers STEP Up!
    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, and Positive)

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  • Principal Update - Mar. 6

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 3/6/2019

    Hello Trailblazers and Families!

    The winter weather continues to be a wild ride, but we’re back on track here at THE and making up for lost time. Looking ahead, we have lots to be excited about this Spring!  From our first ever talent show and theatre production, to spending more time outside and trying out that new grass field.  We continue to be amazed by the brightness and wonder of our students as we continue to blaze new trails with our STEM learning culture. Onward!


    3/4/19 to 3/8/19 - Book Fair!

    3/7/19 - 9am Storytime In The Imaginarium - Welcoming incoming Kinders and Preschoolers!

    3/8/19 - PJ Day and PTA Movie Night “Smallfoot” 6-8pm. Book fair will be open too!

    3/12/19 - Class Photo Day - order yours now from the order forms sent home last week! Also, the photographer has asked students not to wear green or white for class pictures as it doesn't photograph well.


    It’s a fresh new month and time for a fresh new BIG 10 Character Trait.  This month, we'll be talking with our Trailblazers about how to be a Risk Taker in life and what the benefits are. Being a Risk Taker is all about being brave and being willing to try new things.  Great things never come from staying in one’s comfort zone.  We want to provide the scaffolding of support needed for our students to feel confident in their own ability to take that leap.

    Language that will be used throughout the school will sound like:

    *be brave

    *don’t be afraid to fail, you’ll never know until you try

    *be open to trying something new

    *take a chance

    *give it a go


    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is hosting a Community Cultural Celebration April 27th, from 10-1pm at Sumner Middle School.  This is an incredible event with fun for the entire family. Participants will be sharing food, dance, art, clothing, songs, and traditions.  If you’re interested in sharing a part of your heritage with the community or have any questions, we’d love to hear from you!  Please contact Angela or Carrie 


    This Spring, we will be working on some exciting projects during our Makerspace Unit in STEM Class and with Earth Day recycled art projects. LOTS of materials will be needed to make this happen.  The following list of needed items can be brought to school by your student and sorted at our new Recycle Center in the Launch Pad starting this week!

    • Cardboard or shoe boxes (flattened)
    • Plastic water or pop bottles
    • Paper towel/toilet paper tubes
    • Egg cartons
    • Crafting materials (yarn, fabric, buttons, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, beads, string, foam, velcro, ribbon)
    • Jar lids
    • Plastic lids from food and drink containers
    • Plastic food containers (yogurt, margarine, takeout)
    • Other items (duct tape, masking tape, electrical tape, straws, rope, glue toothpicks, zip ties, dice, qtips, rubber bands, foil, board game pieces, wire, tubing, bubble wrap)


    Did you know?

    • "Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school."
    • "Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read. That’s just 2 days a month."
    • "Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school - and themselves."
    • "Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten, and even pre-k, can predict lower test scores, poor attendance and retention in later grades."

    All quoted or paraphrased


       Trailblazers STEP Up!

    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, and Positive)

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  • Principal Update - Feb. 20

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 2/20/2019

    Trailblazer Families and Friends,

    The District STEM Fair is almost here! This Saturday, Feb 23rd, from 10am to 3pm at Sumner Middle School, come and see what all the buzz is about.  This is a fun event for the entire family!

    THE will be there representing our school with our STEM Activity Boards.

    You can participate in the fair in two ways:

           1. By stopping in and saying hi!

           2. By volunteering (students must be there with a               parent or supervisor).

    If you and your student are interested in volunteering that day, I have LIMITED SPACES available due to tight quarters.  Please contact to secure your spot. Volunteers must be willing to stay 1-2 hours and all students need to be in attendance with their supervising adult.  

    Please email Mrs Crnich with your student name and what shift you would like to attend:


    Thanks and hope to see you there!

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  • Principal Update - Feb. 7

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 2/7/2019

    Hello Trailblazers and Families!

    February is really breezing by with all this unprecedented snowfall!  The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District has our student safety in the forefront of every decision being made, from late starts to closures. Please read the district communication that went out to families today for your preference on how you would like to receive updates. By the looks of photos and videos posted on social media, our students are making the most of the bonus days off in this winter wonderland!


    It’s a fresh new month and time for a fresh new BIG 10 Character Trait.  This month, we'll be talking with our Trailblazers about what it means to be a LEADER.

    Being a leader isn't just about being ahead of everyone, it's about what your actions were that got you there.  You can only truly blaze trails when you are respecting yourself and others along the way.

    Language that will be used throughout the school will sound like:

    *Model what’s expected

    *Trust your instincts

    *Encourage others

    *Think about what’s best for everyone

    *Lead the way to greatness

    Do you want to be alerted about changes to school operations via phone, email, text or all of the above?

    Sumner-Bonney Lake School District uses web-based Family Access as our information hub for families.  Families can view class schedules, grades, attendance, fines, fees, lunch account balances and other student information.

    We also use it to notify you about the things you need to know, such as attendance, transportation, school closure or delays, and even when a lunch money account is getting low. Most importantly, we use the contact information in case of emergencies, so it’s important your information is up-to-date.

    ·  Go to and enter your login and password. Need password assistance? If your email address is up-to-date with your child’s school, use the “Forgot your Login/Password?” link on the Family Access login page.

    ·  From within Family Access:  click the "Skylert" link on the left side and adjust communication preferences.

    Please allow 24 hours for changes to be updated. Information entered into Skylert contact information will not update your child's record at the school.   If you need help with Family Access, or have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

    District Stem Fair Art Winner: Kylie Lamoureaux, Grade 7

    STEM FAIR 2019 - Individual Submission Info:

    Sumner-Bonney Lake School District STEM Fair 2019 is coming up on Feb 23rd at Sumner Middle School from 10:00am to 3:00pm!

    THE is participating in the exhibition portion of the Fair with an ALL SCHOOL Stem Board Project, but your student can also participate individually with their own unique project.

    All you need to do is register using the link below. There are packets that help guide you through the process as well.



    Feel free to contact Mrs. Crnich in the Library with any additional questions.

    New Research: Showing Up Consistently To School Has An Even Greater Impact Than We Previously Thought:

    Did you know?

    • "Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school."
    • "Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read. That’s just 2 days a month."
    • "Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school - and themselves."
    • "Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten, and even preK, can predict lower test scores, poor attendance and retention in later grades."   

    All quoted or paraphrased from

    For Families of Fifth Graders - Important Information:

    Human Growth and Development & HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum- Parent Curriculum The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is hosting a curriculum night for families to preview the HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum for students currently enrolled in grades 5 through 7 and for students enrolled 2nd semester in 8th grade Skills for Life and 9th and 10th grade Health classes.  The preview is also open to 4th grade families to preview human growth and development (puberty) materials. 

    Review Night

    Washington State law requires that every student receives HIV/AIDs prevention education in grades 5 through 12. Because this unit covers sensitive topics, Washington State law and SBLSD board policy require that parents are provided the opportunity to preview these lessons.

    March 14, 2019       4:30-6:30 p.m.

    LOCATION: Sumner Middle School Library

    This is an opportunity for parents and guardians to understand the health content for grades 4-12, preview teaching materials and ask questions about the resources used in the classroom.  Curriculum for the following grade levels will be available for preview:

    Grade 4: Human Growth and Development (Puberty)

    Grade 5: HIV/AIDS and Human Growth and Development (Puberty)

    Grades 6-7: HIV/AIDS

    Grade 8: Skills for Life - HIV/AIDS

    Grade 9: Health Content

    Grades 10-12: HIV/AIDS

    Parents wishing to exclude their child from the HIV/AIDS curriculum required by our state must preview this curriculum and sign an exclusion form.

    Trailblazers STEP Up!

    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, and Positive)

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