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Vol. V, No. 14  |  March 28, 2012
Strengthening Our Community Through Excellence in Education 
 
 



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Message from Superintendent Francois

Dear Northshore Colleagues,


By this time in March, I had hoped to be able to update you on the budget passed by the legislature and what it will mean for our district next year. Unfortunately, the legislature could not agree to a budget during the regular session, and thus far has been unable to reach agreement in the current 30-day special session.

What I can tell you is that the various budget proposals put forward maintain a 180-day school year and the major apportionment formulas which determine our state revenue. After the last several years of deep funding cuts, this is welcome news. We are cautiously optimistic that the final budget agreement will not require harmful cuts for 2012-13. Given our journey of recent years, holding steady is a welcome step in the right direction.

Most legislative observers agree that the State Supreme Court's ruling in the McCleary lawsuit earlier this year is responsible for deterring legislators from further K-12 funding cuts. I applaud legislators for taking to heart the Court's ruling that the state was not meeting its constitutional duty to fully fund basic education. It will take an improved economy and several years for the legislature to fully implement the McCleary decision. But at this point the legislature's response demonstrates a sincere attempt to do the right thing, and for that I am appreciative.

There remain a number of policy issues to be determined in the final budget negotiations including charter schools, a statewide health care system for school employees, National Board Certified Teacher bonuses, and the level of state funding for Running Start students. Legislation to further define and expand laws passed two years ago revamping teacher and principal evaluations has already been signed into law by the governor. We are committed to working collaboratively with our teachers and principals to implement these laws fairly and effectively over the next several years. 

Unless something unexpected emerges from the final budget agreement, this will be my last budget update for the year. I am hopeful for a future where we spend more time focused on instruction and learning, and less time worrying about legislative funding cuts.

Truly,

Larry Francois, Superintendent

 
       
 

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School Board Meeting Information
 
 
At its March 27 board meeting, the Northshore School District Board of Directors approved policy nos. 9245, 2104, 2108, 2161, 2162, 2163, 2240 and 2336.

The next school board meeting is April 10, 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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School Board Holds ASB Forum

The Board of Directors met with ASB leadership from district high schools in a special forum on March 27 to discuss district policies relating to community service, four-year high schools, rigor and relevance of school curricula and harassment, intimidation and bullying. read more
 
       
   SchoolCenter Picture SEPAC Presentation, Post Secondary Options: Will My Child Have The College Experience,  March 28

The Special Education Parent/Professional Advisory Council (SEPAC) is hosting the presentation "Post Secondary Options: Will My Child Have The College Experience" on March 28, Administrative Center Board Room, 7-9 p.m. No childcare available.

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  SchoolCenter Picture  WaNIC (Washington Network for Innovative Careers) Program Open House March 29

An open house for current 10th- and 11th- grade families will be held March 29, 6-7:30 p.m., at the WaNIC Skills Center, Allied Health Building, A-102, 11605 132 Ave. N.E., Kirkland, Wash. WaNIC provides an opportunity to take career-focused, rigorous, year-long programs not available at home high schools. At the open house, families can talk with instructors of the more than 30 career preparation programs, including Arts & Media; Business & Marketing; Engineering, Science & Technology; Natural Resources; Health and Human Services; and Information Technology pathways. For questions or additional information, please visit the WaNIC Web site, www.wanic.org, or call 425.739.8400.
 
       
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Northshore Wall of Honor Nomination Deadline This Friday, 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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Timbercrest Junior High School Teacher Amy Leslie Chosen for Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program

Timbercrest Junior High School science teacher Amy Leslie was chosen to participate in the Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).  The Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD is administered by Fullbright Japan and jointly funded by the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State and the Japanese Government's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
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National Library Week is April 8-14

April 8-14 is National Library Week. The school library is a central learning hub of the school. Northshore's libraries support learning by teaching students how to find reliable information, think critically, make informed decisions, work productively with others, use the Internet safely and ethically, and communicate ideas effectively.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country. This year's theme is "You Belong @ Your Library."

Thank you to Northshore's librarians for their work to support students.

 
       
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Northshore School District Students Earn Awards at North Puget Sound Regional History Day Competition

Northshore students participated in the North Puget Sound Regional History Day competition on March 21 and will advance to the state competition held May 5 at Bellevue College. Students competed at either the junior (grades 6-8) or senior (grades 9-12) level in the following categories: exhibits, papers, multi-media documentaries, original performances and Web sites. This year's theme was "Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History."
 
Click here
to read the list of the state qualifiers from Northshore School District.

 
       
   SchoolCenter Picture Judges Sought for State History Day Competition

The Washington State Historical Society needs adults to serve as judges at the Washington State History Day Competition held at Bellevue College on Saturday, May 5.

Prospective judges may register online at http://wa.nhd.org/ud/templates/register.php or by contacting Mark Vessy from the Washington State Historical Society at mvessey@wshs.wa.gov.
 
       
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Secondary Academy for Success (SAS) Nominated for National Award

Northshore School District's Secondary Academy for Success (SAS) was nominated for the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools Award. This new award recognizes public and private schools that excel in the areas of environmental impact and energy efficiency, healthy school environments, and environmental and sustainable education.

SAS was one of three Washington state public schools and one private school nominated for the award. The Department of Education will announce the award recipients on April 23. The recipients will be honored at a ceremony on June 4 in Washington, D.C.

 
       
 

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Timbercrest Junior High School Students Serve in Olympia

Timbercrest Junior High School eighth-graders, Katie Kelly and Anna Estabrook, served as pages in the Washington State House of Representatives, Feb. 27 - March 2. During the week, they attended page school daily to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature, took part in a mock bill exercise and delivered documents to elected offices and staff on the floor of the House and throughout the Capitol campus.


Each week during the legislative session, 14- to 16-year old students serve in the legislative page program. They must have a legislative sponsor and permission from their schools and parents. Kelly and Estabrook were sponsored by 15th District State Representative Bruce Chandler.
 
       
  SchoolCenter Picture Flu Season Arrives

The seasonal flu has made a late arrival this year. Northshore schools are seeing higher numbers of absenteeism for influenza-like illness; fever, sore throat, body aches, cough and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea. Please click here
to review the information on when to stay home from school.  Public Health officials still recommend getting a flu vaccination for all persons ages 6 months and older.  Some children need two doses depending on their age. Pertussis or "whooping cough" is also occurring in our area, especially in Snohomish County.  For more information on seasonal flu, pertussis and where to get vaccinated, click here.
 
       
   SchoolCenter Picture Six Northshore Science Olympiad Teams Advance to State Competition April 14

Six Northshore Science Olympiad teams qualified for the Washington State Science Olympiad competition to be held April 14 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.  Two teams from Canyon Park Junior High School and one team each from Bothell High, Inglemoor High, Northshore Junior High and Timbercrest Junior High schools advanced via their winning placement at regional-level competitions. read more
 
       
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Inglemoor High School Orchestra Wins Washington Orchestra Cup

Inglemoor High School's Orchestra won the Washington Orchestra Cup for the most outstanding performance of the day at the Western Washington University Orchestra Festival held March 10 in Bellingham, Wash.  read more
 
       
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Northshore DECA Students Earn 70 Invitations to International Conference

Northshore School District sent 217 high school DECA students to compete at the state DECA competition and earned 70 invitations to the DECA International Career and Development Conference (ICDC) to be held April 25-May 2 in Salt Lake City, Utah. read more
 
       
   SchoolCenter Picture Peer Mediation Faculty Training

CRU Institute is offering a peer mediation training for faculty on teaching understanding, acceptance and respect by addressing bullying, harassment and its impact on school climate. Participants learn how to mediate disputes and how to set-up student peer mediation programs in elementary and secondary schools. Training, held in Bellevue, Wash., includes mediation skills, listening and communication, cultural diversity and how to be your own mediator.
  • Elementary school faculty - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., June 25 or Oct. 23
  • Secondary school faculty - 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., June 26 and 27 or Oct. 24 and 25
For more information contact the CRU Institute at 1.800.922.1988; Deanna Morris, Program Director, deanna@cruinstitute.org; or visit www.cruinstitute.org.
 
       
 

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Update on Northshore School District Meal Program

Recent national media stories have reported on the use of lean, finely textured beef in school lunches. Our supplier has assured us that they do not supply this product. (letter from supplier ) Northshore does not use this product in our meal program. If you have questions about Northshore's Food Services program, please contact 425.408.7656.
 
       
 

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Changes to Employee Online

The district's Employee Online has been upgraded. Staff will no longer have to use their email username to log in. Now staff will use just their 5-digit Employee ID# and password. If their ID# is less than 5 digits, put 0 (zeros) before the other digits, example 00123.

Staff will no longer be required to keep their email password and Employee Online passwords the same. Staff can have a separate password for their Employee Online account. The first time staff log in to Employee Online after the upgrade, a password change is required. Staff may reenter their current email password or create a new, more secure password.
 
       
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Professional Certification Informational Meeting, April 26

If you need to complete or are interested in learning more about Professional Certification next year, please join us for an informational meeting on Thursday, April 26th in the Administrative Center Board Room. There will be two sessions, 3:30-4:30 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m.

The Pro-Cert process has undergone some significant changes at the State level. Carol Andreassen, Pro-Teach Instructor from SPU, will be here to answer any questions you might have. If your residency certification expires in June of 2013 or June of 2014, you should plan on attending one of these meetings.

Please visit the following Web site for more information
www.waproteach.org.

If you have any questions, please contact
Anne Davidson.
 
       
 

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2012 Retirement Planning Seminars SCHEDULE CHANGE

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 revised schedule and driving directions.

There was a mixup with the presenter for the MARCH 21 seminar; therefore, the seminar has been rescheduled for immediately following the Social Security and Medicare session scheduled for March 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
 
**NEW SCHEDULE**
Wednesday, March 28
4:30-5:30 p.m., Social Security and Medicare (Edmonds School District Board Room)
5:30-7 p.m., Preparing for a Lifetime in Retirement (Edmonds School District Board Room)
 
       
 

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SERS and TRS Plan 3 Members Withdrawal Seminar May 1

Are you planning to leave employment or retire sometime in the next 5 years? Do you know what decisions you need to make in regard to your retirement plan when you leave? Do you know what payment options you have? ICMA will be presenting a short seminar for Plan 3 Members on these topics on Tuesday, May 1, 4:15-5:15 p.m. , Administrative Building Board Room.
 
The seminar will cover options and issues faced by members who are thinking of retiring or separating from service within the next 5 years:

  • Payment options and timelines
  • Benefit calculations
  • Age and service requirements
  • Potential penalties and reductions
  • Survivor options

If you are thinking about retiring or separating from service and want to begin preparing for the decisions you will have to make, please register by emailing Toni Damron at tdamron@nsd.org. Seating may be limited. Spouses are welcome to attend.

 
       
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Northshore Schools Foundation Innovative Teacher Grant Applications Due April 12

Since its inception, the Northshore Schools Foundation has granted over $200,000 to teachers to promote innovative programming in the classroom. 

The Northshore Schools Foundation is again offering innovative classroom grants. Apply for funding support for your innovative projects for our shared goal of enhancing learning opportunities for Northshore students. Applications are accepted for up to $1000 to be used during the 2012-13 school year. Applications are due to the Foundation office by 5 p.m., April 12. No late applications will be accepted.

Click here for more information, including the application form, or contact Carmin Dalziel, executive director, or Renee Colleran, innovative grant committee chair.

 
       
 

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Northshore School District Employment Opportunity

Substitute cook assistant positions are available. This is an online application process. Please call the Northshore School District Food Services Department at 425.408.7654 for additional information. 
 
       
  SchoolCenter Picture Northshore Schools Foundation Luncheon - April 26

Please join the Northshore Schools Foundation on April 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., at the Lynnwood Convention Center for its 9th annual "Light A Fire for Learning" benefit luncheon featuring Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, retired NASA astronaut; Hannah Thomas, 2011 National Merit scholar; and student performances. Learn how the Northshore Schools Foundation is enhancing learning opportunities for all Northshore students. Find more information at NorthshoreSchoolsFoundation.org.
 
 
       
  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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March 28: SEPAC Presentation, Post Secondary Options: Will My Child Have The College Experience, 7 p.m., Administrative Center Board Room
March 30: Wall of Honor Nomination Deadline
April 10: School Board Meeting, 4 p.m., Administrative Center Board Room
April 13: NO SCHOOL, Teacher Work Day
April 16-20: NO SCHOOL, Spring Break

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