• Week in Review

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie on 9/13/2015


    The first day of school came and went and we welcomed just over 9000 students through our doors.  This number will rise as we prepare to welcome Kindergartners to school on September 14. 


    Chromebook Guidelines

    Guidelines for Chromebook use, care and expectations are now posted on the District Website.  Feel free to share this link with families in school communications.  If there is a need for your school to have an agreement between the parent and the school with regards to Chromebook use and understanding, you are welcome to use the agreement form posted online.

    Throughout this year, we will be piloting take home models with select programs. 


    Facebook Pages

    DVE, LRE, CTE, and Child Nutrition now have public facebook pages.  Please ‘like’ and promote throughout your schools.  We are excited to engage families and increase our social media presence!  A social media directory will soon be published to the District Website.  If you would like a school group included on this list (ASB, etc.) please contact Communications with the information.


    Website Launch

    Launch has been delayed until mid-December. While we can all breathe a small sigh of relief, attention to your new site is critical in these last few months. Departments need to validate the suggested categories of info and all schools should have a ‘web champion’ identified for continued work with Communications. An internal timeline of project checkpoints will be shared soon.


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  • Week in Review

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie on 6/12/2015

    Graduation Recap
    Administration, staff, and families celebrated Bonney Lake and Sumner High School graduates on June 9 and 10.  Approximately 290 graduates walked at BHS graduation and 342 for SHS.  Graduate names will be printed in the Bonney Lake Herald.     


    A 10% absentee rate at Donald Eismann on Thursday prompted a communication to DEE families informing them that some students were recently absent with reported vomiting and diarrhea.  The Health Department worked with custodians and child nutrition staff on a deep clean and disinfecting school facilities. 


    Retirement Reception
    The School Board will be honoring 23 retiring teachers and staff members at the June 17 School Board meeting to be held at Maple Lawn Elementary.  Join the School Board in recognizing their dedication to students and families.  These employees represent over 547 years of service to the district.


    What are your 3 things?
    Dr. Johnson reminded Leadership on Friday that principals should always have 3 powerful, positive messages about the school they lead.  Never miss an opportunity to showcase your school.  Promote what is positive in your building with staff and families and keep those 3 things readily available.

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  • Week in Review

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie on 6/5/2015

    Bond Informational Open Houses

    Good feedback was received at the 3 open houses held this week.  Overall, approximately 45 people attended which comprised of employees, district families, and community members.  All projects on the list were well received.  Proposed budgeted amounts and project timelines were questioned - in addition to the District’s plan on the pool.  A solid FAQ is being built off the feedback received from the sessions.  The open house presentation and a survey soliciting community feedback on the proposed bond list will be posted on the District Website over summer break.  Link here to view the presentation.


    Cabinet Training

    Dennis Cheesebrow, consultant with TeamWorks International, worked with Cabinet members Thursday afternoon and Friday morning on establishing an Education Leadership System.  The ELS is an established approach for aligning school boards, administration, staff, parents, and the public to increase learning for all students.  Leaders were trained on the development of partnership as a capacity of the district, not just the individuals, to promote a robust and resilient response to change, challenge, and opportunity.  The model will enable the principals to achieve excellence in their role as instructional and building leaders which will ultimately support the delivery of learning in the classroom and the resources that support it.  More on this to come.


    Central Office Summer Hours
    Summer hours will go into effect at Central Office on Friday, June 19.  The schedule will be communicated as follows:

    Effective June 19 - August 7
    Central Office Summer Hours
    7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., or by appointment (253) 891-6000
    Family Center Relocation
    The School Board will vote on a resolution to relocate the Sumner-Bonney Lake Family Center from the DVE school campus to the SMS school campus at the June 17 School Board meeting.  District communications will go to families and the public on June 18 announcing the move.  Inform your families of this as appropriate.  


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  • Week in Review

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie on 5/29/2015

    Bond Informational Open Houses
    Administration will hold 3 informational open houses that will provide our community with an overview of the Facilities Committee work to date.  The format will be as follows:

    • Greeting (Building Principal)
    • Introduction (Steve and Sarah)
    • Presentation (NAC)
    • Breakout Sessions (Group Facilitators)

    Please consider attending one of the three sessions below and become familiar with the list of bond projects being considered.  Updates are being provided to the School Board on a monthly basis.  Facility Committee agendas and minutes, in addition to the Informational Open House presentation can be found on the District Website.
    June 2, 2015 - Emerald Hills Elementary, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    June 3, 2015 - Sumner High School Library, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    June 4, 2015 - Mountain View Middle School Gym, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.


    Collective Bargaining Agreements
    Collective bargaining shapes much of education policy in school districts.  It is a guide for how resources are allocated, outlining aspects like job responsibilities and teaching & learning components.  This is a principals’ suit of armor.  As such, the SEA has requested that building principals are familiar with the current collective bargaining agreement.
    All collective bargaining agreements can be accessed from the Human Resources section in docushare.  For immediate reference, link here to download the current SEA CBA. 



    • June 2 – SAC is CANCELED.
    • June 12 & June 19 – Leadership will finalize district goals at this time.  A convocation overview will also be provided. 
    • July 8 – The originally scheduled School Board Study Session has been canceled for this date.  A Board Retreat is scheduled for
    • July 21, 6:00-9:00 p.m.  The Board will begin work on the 2015-16 district goals.
    • August 11, 12, 13 & 14 – Please keep calendars clear on these dates as Leadership Blueprint and Academy will be scheduled during this timeframe.  You will be learning your strengths and identifying areas for growth.  This will enable us to close the gaps as identified in the CEE data. 


    Welcomes & Goodbyes
    At the May 27 Board Meeting the School Board approved Chelsea Gallagher as the new Assistant Principal replacing Kassie Meath at Sumner High.  Chelsea was selected out of an applicant pool of 37 candidates.  She comes to us from the Federal Way School District in which she worked since 2008 as a Dean of Students, Instructional Coach, and Interim Assistant Principal.  Chelsea has a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master of Arts in Teaching.  Welcome Chelsea!

    Kassie Meath will transfer to Administration as the new Instructional Services Director for Secondary Literacy.  Congratulations Kassie!
    Craig Spencer will retire at the end of this school year after 29 years of service in the Sumner School District.  Leadership will host a Retirement Reception for Craig on June 3, 3:00 – 5:00 in the Central Office Board Room.
    Jeff Gardner has submitted his resignation after 11 years of service in the district.  Jeff has accepted a position as Principal at Ferndale High School in Bellingham, WA.  Tony Clarke will assume a full-time Assistant Principal position effective July 1.
    Congratulations Craig and Jeff.  You will be missed! 


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  • Week in Review

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie on 5/8/2015

    Administrative Updates
    Elli Mcdaniel joins Instructional Services as our new Elementary Literacy Program Administrator.  She will play an instrumental role in assisting teachers and staff implement CCSS in ELA in conjunction with the implementation of the district literacy adoption.  Welcome Elli!

    Tyler Steiner will continue as ELL Director and assume all responsibilities of Student Services effective July 1.  Tyler is a resource for schools as it relates to any student discipline issues.
    Steve Fulkerson will be a .5 Principal at both Daffodil Valley and Maple Lawn Elementary effective July 1.  An announcement has been made to DVE staff and families.  MLE staff and families will be notified next week. 
    Convocation 2015
    Jon Gordon, author of the book “Positive Dog,” will be the guest speaker at Convocation this year.  This book is a recommended read for all of Leadership and is available online through your favorite bookstore. 
    Facilities Committee Update
    The Facilities Committee update was well received at the last Board Meeting.  District activities will begin educating the public about regional district needs in conjunction with obtaining initial feedback.  Informational Open Houses will be scheduled for the first week in June.  More info to come.
    Meeting Invites
    Leadership Team members will begin to see meeting invites for events occurring in the 2015-16 School Year.  It is important to click YES on the invite so that the meeting is displayed on your personal google calendar. This method of communication will replace the list-o-meetings and allow information about an event and changes to be sent directly through the event on their calendars. Bailey, Sharon, and Sandy can provide a quick google calendar lesson if needed.
    Possible SEA Walkout (Confidential)
    Teachers will be voting to participate in a walkout sponsored by the Washington Education Association (WEA) on Monday after school.  One-day walkouts are occurring in other districts across the state.  The walkout is intended to bring attention to the legislature's special session activities and is not a protest against District activities.  We will keep you posted. 


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  • Week in review

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie on 4/24/2015

    Capturing Kids Hearts

    BHS is implementing a program for teachers called Capturing Kids Hearts (CKH).  This program revitalizes staff by giving them tools to curb discipline problems and achieve overall academic success for students.  Staff will be trained in August by certified trainers from the Flippin Group.  

    Central Office Space

    A committee has been working to look at all possible solutions for reorganizing office space in Central Office.  The end goal will be to reorganize so people who work together are strategically placed.  A plan will be solidified by June.

    Congratulations State Achievement Award Winners
    State Superintendent Randy Dorn will honor recipients of the 2014 Washington Achievement Awards at a ceremony to be held April 28, 2015 in Spanaway, WA. Crestwood Elementary and Liberty Ridge Elementary will be recognized as top-performing schools and awarded the Washington Achievement Award for 2014.

    Habits of Mind

    The Art Costa Centre for Thinking describes Habits of Mind as “knowing how to behave intelligently when you DON'T know the answer. It means having a disposition toward behaving intelligently when confronted with problems, the answers to which are not immediately known: dichotomies, dilemmas, enigmas and uncertainties.”  The 16 Habits of Mind are dispositions that we want students to develop so that they are more capable of successfully working at a higher level. Habits of mind are skillfully and mindfully employed by successful people from all walks of life when they are confronted with problems they can't readily solve.

    Online Learning Program

    Program effectiveness is being studied. The return on investment of online classes is not at an acceptable level.

    Systems of Support

    Beginning next month, Team Works Consultant, Dennis Cheesebrow, will be working with the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendents (Sara, Laurie, and Marc) on developing systems in the district.  The philosophy of Team Works is to lead through partnerships rather than isolation.  This is just FYI - your leaders are growing their leadership skills through professional development and implementation!  

    WASA Leadership Award
    The Sumner School District proudly announces Ken Charboneau as the recipient of the 2015 Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Region III Community Leadership Award. The Award is presented to select WASA members who have provided leadership and innovation resulting in measurable growth in student achievement.  The award was presented to Ken at the regional WASA meeting on April 24, 2015.
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