January 11, 2015
Dear Acorn Families,
My staff and I wish you the very best for 2015. We will have an exciting rest of the year on campus, and we want you to be as involved as possible. Our campus is your campus; you are most welcome to attend our assemblies, sit in on committee meetings, visit classrooms, and - of course - offer to volunteer!
We are very grateful to all who have donated time and resources in support of our Math teacher, Athletic Director, and Coach, Mr. Cliff Harris. His car accident has left him hospitalized; his status is improving every day, but it will be a long road to complete recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones. If you have words of encouragement or a card you'd like to have delivered to the hospital, please see Ms. Sandy Tuengel (Human Resources); she will see to it that Mr. Harris receives your well wishes.
A great thank you to Coach Dustin Klatush for taking over the head coaching duties. Also a great thank you to Mr. Bob Johnson, who has been willing to take over some of the coordinating duties. And, of course, an extra great word of encouragement to all our basketball players, for keeping up the team spirit and going out there to be the best they can be. Go Acorns!
As the entire teaching staff will attend an iPad training this coming Friday, we wish to thank the Chehalis tribe for their generous donation of the funds to purchase the iPads with. 30 iPads, along with iTVs, will be available to teachers and students to make learning more engaging and interactive in a meaningful way.
On Monday, January 12, Greg Bennick, renowned motivational speaker and juggler (!), will visit our campus for two assemblies: a K-6 assembly from 9:00 - 10:00 and a 7-12 assembly from 10:00 - 11:00. Afterwards Mr. Bennick will visit classrooms for follow-up activities and talks. The themes he will address are things such as anti-bullying, self-esteem and -confidence, the importance of education, and a variety of positive behavior that can be life-changing. Please join us for one or both assemblies!
To strengthen our Math and English Language Arts education, our school has contracted with two coaches from OSPI. They will be on campus two days per month to work with our teachers on curriculum alignment with the Common Core (State) Standards, effective assessments, and raising test scores. The coaches represent one of many initiatives and resources we are tapping into as part of our School Improvement Plan for 2014 - 2015.
Our 2nd - 6th graders will engage in a Food Sense Nutrition curriculum facilitated on our campus by WSU. We are excited to see our students rationalize about everything nutrition. We want to be a school that offers students and staff healthy breakfast and lunch menu options and teach students about what it takes to live on a healthy diet.
If you have a high school student, please remind him/her that the end of the first semester is upon us, and that the semester grades will be transcribed as half credits. The high school transcript is a very important document when applying for college, apprenticeships, and even jobs right out of high school. Please encourage your student to do his/her very best!
Please call or come in with any questions or concerns you may have. We want to hear from you!
In educational partnership,
Caspar van Haalen