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.