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Vol. V, No. 11  |  February 16, 2012
Strengthening Our Community Through Excellence in Education 

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Message from Superintendent Francois

Dear Northshore Colleagues,

Last week the Washington State Board of Education and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction announced the recipients of the 2011 Washington Achievement Awards. These awards are given to schools across our state that are meeting and exceeding the challenge of attaining high levels of achievement for all students based on state assessments results. I want to acknowledge and congratulate the students, staff, parents and school communities of the nine Northshore schools being honored this year:

Canyon Park Junior High - closing achievement gaps
Crystal Springs Elementary - closing achievement gaps
Inglemoor High School - overall excellence and special recognition in math
Kenmore Elementary - overall excellence and closing achievement gaps
Maywood Hills Elementary - closing achievement gaps
Northshore Junior High - closing achievement gaps
Sunrise Elementary - overall excellence
Wellington Elementary - overall excellence
Woodin Elementary - overall excellence and closing achievement gaps

Northshore is again being recognized as an Advanced Placement Honor Roll district. Northshore is one of 367 school districts in the United States and Canada being recognized for simultaneously increasing participation in Advanced Placement coursework, particularly for students of color, while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams, the minimum score needed to qualify for college credit.

At Tuesday's school board meeting, Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn presented the Secondary Academy for Success and the Sustainable Engineering and Design program at SAS with a STEM Lighthouse Award (science, technology, engineering and math). This award, one of six issued throughout the state, recognizes those schools and programs that are successfully creating small, personalized learning environments with a focus on inter-disciplinary, project-based curriculum and strong community and business partnerships. These schools and programs are recognized as models for the rest of the state to follow.

All of these awards and honors validate and highlight the hard work that is taking place across our district to improve outcomes and opportunities for all students.  Thank you for your efforts, dedication and support to make this happen.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Mid-Winter Break!


Larry Francois, Superintendent

  SchoolCenter Picture Northshore Make-up Days Set, Last Day of School June 22

Northshore School District will add four emergency make-up days to the end of the school year and students will attend school June 19-22. The last day of school for Northshore students is now Friday, June 22, pending any additional school closure days. Click here to download the revised 2011-12 district calendar.

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Graduate Amit Sharma and Superintendent Larry Francois

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STEM Lighthouse Grant Award Presentation

School Board Meeting Information
At its Feb. 14 school board meeting, Superintendent Francois presented Secondary Academy for Success (SAS) student Amit Sharma with his high school diploma. Sharma is the first graduate from The American Academy which contracts with the district to reengage students who have dropped out and provide support to reach graduation.

State Superintendent Randy Dorn presented a $20,000 STEM Lighthouse Grant Award to SAS to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and to serve as a mentor to other middle and high schools that are creating STEM environments.

Danielle Legault and Barb Blakeslee, teachers in the Adult Transition Program, presented an overview of the program to the board.

The board approved policy nos. 1420, 1430, 1450, 1720, 1731, 1732, 1821 and 1830.

The next school board meeting is Feb. 28, 7 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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Nine Northshore Schools Earn Washington Achievement Awards

The number of Northshore schools earning Washington Achievement awards continues to grow. Nine Northshore schools earned 2011 Washington Achievement awards:

Crystal Springs Elementary School, closing achievement gaps
Maywood Hills Elementary School, closing achievement gaps
Kenmore Elementary School, overall excellence and closing achievement gaps
Sunrise Elementary School, overall excellence
Wellington Elementary School, overall excellence
Woodin Elementary School, overall excellence and closing achievement gaps
Northshore Junior High School, closing achievement gaps

Canyon Park Junior High School, closing achievement gaps

Inglemoor High School, overall excellence and math

Representatives from these schools will be honored at a ceremony on April 25 at Mariner High School in Everett, Wash. Schools are selected based on their statewide assessment data for the three previous years. This data is analyzed using the Achievement Index and methodology approved by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and State Board of Education (SBE). Schools are recognized for top performance in seven categories: overall excellence, language areas, math, science, extended graduation rate improvement (high and comprehensive high schools only) and closing achievement gaps.


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Frank Love Elementary School Receives Snohomish County Health District Award

Frank Love Elementary School, under the direction of Kitchen Manager Pam Kline and Northshore School District Manager of Food and Nutrition Services Linda Hoel, has been selected by the Snohomish Health District Food Advisory Committee to receive the 2011 Award of Excellence as the best food service operator in its School/Industry/Institution category.

Snohomish Health District annually recognizes the best food service operators in Snohomish County. This year the common factor is a dedication to advancing food safety by working to standards that exceed expectation. There are over 3,300 permanent and 900 temporary food service operations in Snohomish County.

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The Special Education Parent/Professional Advisory Council (SEPAC) is hosting the presentation "Self Care for Families/Care Givers" on Feb. 29, Administrative Center Board Room, 7-9 p.m. No childcare available.

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Parent Information Nights on Junior Challenge Course Sequences and Registration

Northshore junior high schools are holding information nights for parents of current seventh- and eighth-graders who want to learn about the Junior Challenge/Pre-AP/IB course sequence and registration process for the 2012-13 school year. Please check each school's Web site for specific meeting locations and times for the remaining information nights.

Feb. 29 - Timbercrest Junior High School
March 7 - Skyview Junior High School

Parent information nights for current sixth-grade parents will be held at each junior high school in early spring. Click here for information on the Junior High Challenge Program.
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Kindergarten Orientations and Registration Set for March

Parents are invited to attend a kindergarten orientation for children entering kindergarten in Fall 2012. No registration is required for the presentations, which are intended for parents only.

March 5, 7-8 p.m., Northshore Performing Arts Center, 9130 N.E. 180th St., Bothell
March 6, 7-8 p.m., Northshore Performing Arts Center, 9130 N.E. 180th St., Bothell
March 13, 7-8 p.m. Woodmoor Elementary School Library, 12225 N.E. 160th St., Bothell. This is a multilingual orientation with Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese interpreters. Childcare provided for the March 13 multilingual presentation only.

Kindergarten registration for all Northshore schools will be March 1-27. Information, including specific dates for each school, is available at
  SchoolCenter Picture Spring Workshop Available to All NSD Employees - March 17

All Northshore employees are welcome to attend the Puget Sound Driver Trainer Association's Spring Workshop on Saturday, March 17, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., at the Northshore Performing Arts Center. Featured presenters include Snohomish County PUD Safety Training Specialist Gary Kell, Youth Suicide Prevention Program King County Coordinator Kelly McDonald and Children's Response Center Prevention and Education Coordinator Rebecca Milliman. The $20 registration fee includes a box lunch if paid by March 9.

For more information, including registration form, please click here.
  SchoolCenter Picture  Give Kids a Hand Horticulture Grant

The East Lake Washington District of Garden Clubs invites K-12 school classrooms to apply for a Give Kids a Hand grant that supports student activities in gardening, horticulture, landscaping or the environment. Funds may be used for plants, supplies, equipment or enrichment opportunities. Application deadline is March 26. Click here for more information.
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Northshore Wall of Honor Nominations Accepted Through March 30

Nominations are being accepted through March 30 for consideration by the selection committee for inclusion on the Wall of Honor for 2012. Nominees are considered based on the significant contributions they have made to our community, state, nation or world. The new inductees will be added to the Wall of Honor in August 2012.

Click here for more information, including the nomination forms.


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2012 Retirement Planning Seminars

The Edmonds School District and the School Retirees Association are providing the 2012 Retirement Planning Seminars for Edmonds, Mukilteo, Northshore and Shoreline school districts. These informative seminars are provided for employees and spouses at no cost and confirmation to attend is not necessary. Click here for schedule and driving directions.

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Increase in Limits for Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) and 403(b) Plan for 2012 Tax Year

The annual deferral limits have increased by $500 for the 2012 tax year for the DCP and 403(b) plans. Employees will now be able to defer up to $17,000/year to either (or both) plans (up to $22,500 for those over the age of 50).

You can make changes to your DCP deferral amount by choosing one of the following options:

You can make changes to your 403(b) deferral amount by filling out a Salary Reduction Agreement and faxing it to National Benefit Services, 1.800.597.8206.
  SchoolCenter Picture  A New Approach to Principal Preparation

UW Bothell is now accepting applications for its master's program, Leadership Development for Educators Program (LEDE), for spring quarter 2012. LEDE is designed for teachers who work as instructional leaders in either formal or informal roles, and provides a pathway from teacher leadership into the principalship. This program combines both a master's degree and the Washington State Principal Certification. The application deadline for Spring Quarter 2012 is March 5th.
For more information on the LEDE Program, go to or to the program's Web site Questions? Please contact Nick Brownlee at or 425.352.5369.
  SchoolCenter Picture  BRAVOS to Northshore Staff!

Know a Northshore staff member that has gone above and beyond in their job or in the community? Honor them by nominating them for a BRAVO!
Selected nominees will be featured in Staff BRAVOS on Northshore's Web site. 

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Feb. 20: Presidents' Day, No School
Feb. 21-24: No School, Mid-Winter Break
Feb. 28: School Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Administrative Center Board Room

District Calendars and Planner

  Northshore e-News is published and delivered to your e-mail box every other week during the school year, (once in July and December). It is designed to inform employees about the strategic direction of the Northshore School District as well as provide routine information of interest to district employees. To submit items for e-News, please send them to e-News Editor by Tuesday of each School Board meeting.