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Vol. IV, No. 5  |  October 28, 2011
Strengthening Our Community Through Excellence in Education



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Message from Superintendent Francois

Dear Northshore Families,

Of the hundreds of emails and dozens of pieces of mail I've received over the past couple weeks highlighting the excellence taking place in our schools, I want to share a few with you.

Shelton View Elementary has been recognized as a School of Distinction by the Center for Educational Effectiveness and Phi Delta Kappa-Washington Chapter. Schools of Distinction are those in the top 5% of improved student achievement on the state assessments in math and reading over the past five years. Over the past three years Sunrise Elementary, Lockwood Elementary and the Secondary Academy for Success have also been similarly recognized as Schools of Distinction.

In 2010-11, 757 Northshore students earned a total of 4,544 college credits through Tech Prep. Tech Prep is a program that enables students who earn an A or B in a high school Career and Technical Education class to earn college credit at the same time, giving those students a leg up on their college education and saving families a combined total of over $450 thousand in college tuition expenses.

Of the Northshore students who took the PSAT in fall of 2010, 58 students have been recognized as Commended Scholars. This places them in the top 2.25% of the 1.5 million students nationwide who took the PSAT. Seven Northshore students have been recognized as National Merit Semi-Finalists, placing them in the top 1% nationwide. I invite you to visit our Web site at to view the names of these students.

Finally, Northshore students who completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma at Inglemoor High School in 2011-a rigorous and internationally benchmarked two-year course of study-represented 20% of all IB diploma recipients in Washington State. Further, the pass rate for Northshore students on the IB diploma exams far exceeded that of students across Washington, the United States, North America and the world.

Congratulations to all of these students and the staff and families supporting their efforts. While it's hard to believe we are rapidly approaching the end of the first quarter of the school year, it's gratifying to take a moment and acknowledge just a few of the many, many great achievements taking place across our district.


Larry Francois, Superintendent

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School Board Information

At its Oct. 25 school board meeting, the Board of Directors approved board policy nos. 1100, 1110, 1112, 1113, 1114 and 1140.

The next school board meeting is Nov. 8, 4 p.m.,  Administrative Center Board Room. To view the agenda or read minutes of past school board meetings, please
click here.

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2011-12 Snow & Ice Bulletin and Inclement Weather

Winter weather conditions could impact school schedules. In the event of a school delay or closure, the district will send a telephone message to families and employees.
Please ensure you have updated your contact information with your child's school. Families who do not want the interruption of an early morning or evening inclement weather call can opt out of receiving them by contacting the Communications Department at 425.408.7670.

Read the 2011-12 Snow & Ice Bulletin for important information regarding schools and inclement weather and
review alternate bus routes with your child.

For more information on schools and the weather, please click here.

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Parent/Community Member Openings on Enrollment Demographics Task Force (EDTF)
Northshore School District seeks applicants for three openings for parent/community members on the Enrollment Demographics Task Force (EDTF). These voluntary positions are appointed by the Board of Directors and last for up to three years.

The task force looks at demographic trends in the Northshore service area, determines the likely impact on our schools, the size of the student body from year to year and, as a result, on the district's ability to offer equitable programs and services to all students in all schools.
The EDTF is supported by a professional demographer and an urban planner and meets up to two times each month from October to June.

More information about the Enrollment Demographics Task Force is available at or by calling 425.408.7670.
Click here to download the application. Applications are due to the Communications Office by Friday, Nov. 18.


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Shelton View Elementary Earns 2011 School of Distinction Award

Shelton View Elementary School has earned a 2011 School Of Distinction Award for outstanding improvements in math and reading over five years and is in the top 5 percent of highest-improving schools in the state.

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58 Northshore Students Named National Merit Commended Scholars
Inglemoor senior Olivia Bedford also named National Achievement Scholar

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named 58 Northshore students as Commended Scholars. In addition to being recognized as a Commended Scholar, Inglemoor senior Olivia Beford was named a National Achievement Scholar.  read more
   SchoolCenter Picture Woodinville High Students Sierra Barajas and Rebecca Folsom Receive National Hispanic Recognition

Woodinville High School seniors Sierra Barajas and Rebecca Folsom were recognized by the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) for their academic achievement. Requirements for recognition include achieving a minimum required PSAT/NMSQT score in their junior year, be of at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino descent and achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or higher by the end of their junior year.
   SchoolCenter Picture Northshore School District Receives $10,400 STEM Grant

Northshore School District received a $10,400 grant from Washington STEM. Amy Leslie, Timbercrest Junior High School sustainable design teacher, will use the grant funds to develop an introductory level course for ninth-grade students at the school to explore "green jobs" and solutions to environmental issues through design and efficiency.

The district partnered with the Northshore Schools Foundation to write the application for the Washington STEM grant. Washington STEM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing innovation, equity and excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Washington state.

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Secondary Grades and Progress Reports Now Online

Families of junior high and high school students can now go online to view their child's grades and track academic progress. The district and teachers' association have made changes to the parent notification of interim grades and teachers will post assignments and test results on the District's Online Progress Report system for viewing by students and their families. Teachers shall post grades as soon as reasonably possible but in no event more than three weeks after the assignment or test is turned in.

The district will no longer print and mail a "D and F report" to families. The district will still mail mid-term progress reports and final semester grades to homes (both will continue to be available online).

The format and quantity of information posted by teachers to NSD's Online Progress Report system will vary from teacher to teacher, but should be useful in determining your student's progress. Please consult with your student's teacher(s) for more information on the specific reports they post.

You must have a user name and password to log into the NSD Online Progress Report system at If you are already using Parent Assistant,, the same user name and password should work for the Online Progress Report system. If you have not received a user name and password, please contact your child's school for assistance.


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General Election is Nov. 8 - Remember to Vote

The deadline for in-person registration for the Nov. 8 General Election is Oct. 31. Information for voters and the 2011 General Election Voters' Guide, is available at
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Standard Time Begins Nov. 6

Remember to set your clocks BACK one hour.

Many fire departments encourage people to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks. More than 90% of homes in the U.S. have smoke detectors, but one-third are estimated to have dead or missing batteries.
  SchoolCenter Picture Community E-Fliers Listings for 2011-12
Northshore School District works with community organizations to provide information to families about not-for-profit services for students. The listing of any flier does not imply that their services have been endorsed by the school district.

To view the current e-flier listings, please click here.
  SchoolCenter Picture SEPAC Annual Craft Fair - Nov. 5

The annual SEPAC Woodinville Holiday Craft Fair will be Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Woodmoor Elementary School. Shop more than 70 vendors! All proceeds support special needs students and families in the Northshore School District. Click here to download flier.

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Interpreter/Translation Services

Your child's education is very important. As the parent/guardian of a Northshore student, you have the right to participate in your child's education, including communicating with teachers and staff about your child. Northshore offers interpreter and translation services to parents free of charge. For more information, please click here.   
  SchoolCenter Picture  Threads and Treads Free Clothing Bank

The Threads and Treads free clothing bank is open on Thursdays, 4-6 p.m., at Canyon Park Junior High School, 23723 23rd Avenue S.E., Bothell. Contact Eileen Jowell for more information.

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Here's another way to stay connected to Northshore School District news and information: Follow us on Facebook!  Log onto Facebook and search "Northshore School District."
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Oct. 31: Deadline for in-person registration for Nov. 8 General Election

Nov. 6: Standard time begins, set clocks BACK one hour
Nov. 8: General Election, remember to vote
Nov. 8: School Board Meeting, 4 p.m., Administrative Center Board Room
Nov. 10: No School, Teacher Work Day
Nov. 11: No School, Veterans Day

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