During summer vacation the maintenance and IT departments were hard at work preparing classrooms, libraries, and common areas for the new school year.
District IT Director Anthony Winstead, along with the help of a few students, installed PC’s and thin clients in new labs across the district. They also updated every computer to run the latest software and security to ensure students and staff are up-to-date.
Dear Parents / Guardians:
As we are getting into the cold and flu season we want to keep you informed on various illnesses that are in the news and show up in our schools. One of those is the Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).
We have received confirmation that a student at Carson Elementary has EV-D68. It has many of the same symptoms of a common cold with the coughing, sneezing, and fever. The virus affects everyone a little differently but children with asthma are particularly at risk for severe symptoms.
You can learn more here: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/downloads/EV68-factsheet.pdf
Dear Stevenson High School Parents:
As you may know, we’ve been working with a third-party investigator to review the details of a video that surfaced on social media last week. The situation called to light an inappropriate classroom management technique used by a Stevenson High School teacher. It involved giving students the choice of spinning a “Wheel of Misfortune” for low-level misconduct rather than getting lunch detention. The consequences on the wheel included allowing other students in the classroom to throw a soft rubber “Koosh” ball at the student. The videos circulating showed students throwing the ball at a student.
This is not a practice authorized or condoned by the District and it has been stopped. When the high school became aware of the details of how the controversial classroom management tool was being used, the prop was removed from the classroom. The teacher was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
First and foremost, our District aims to make sure that only high quality instruction occurs in the classroom and that our students are treated with respect. Our primary goal is to provide students with optimal conditions for learning by maintaining a school environment where everyone is engaged and positive. We all have learned from this unfortunate circumstance and I want to assure you, it is our top priority to carefully review classroom management techniques and provide sensitivity training.
As required by the new Teacher Principal Evaluation Project, we evaluate all of our teachers’ classroom instructional practices using rigorous criteria. We expect the best of our teachers and that they model only the best practices and behaviors.
On Wednesday, October 15th, the results of the investigation were provided to us. After interviews with students, school staff and the teacher, the investigator recommended that the teacher be re-instated to the classroom with appropriate safeguards in place to ensure an appropriate classroom environment. The investigator concluded that the use of the wheel was inappropriate, but well-intentioned, and the teacher did not desire to embarrass, intimidate or harm any student. However, poor judgment by any teacher is concerning and we plan to work with the teacher on more positive and productive classroom management skills going forward.
We understand some parents may still have concerns, and we ask that you please contact us directly so we can address your questions and discuss options. I want to thank parents, staff and community members for their support, patience and understanding as we work through this challenge and work together in a positive, productive way.
The district’s Highly Capable referral procedures are currently underway for students who are now in grades K-2 and 10-12. Nominations may be made by teachers, parents, students, or any other interested party. For consideration this year, referral packets are due by Wednesday, October 29th at 4:00 and are available at the district office, Stevenson Elementary and Stevenson High School.
In a nutshell, Hi Cap is Stevenson-Carson School District’s program for meeting the unique academic, social and emotional needs of highly capable students in grades K-12. In order to thrive, students who demonstrate characteristics of being highly capable often need a faster pace and greater depth and complexity of material than is offered through the standard curriculum, as well as interactions with their intellectual peers. Qualified students are placed in the program, with customized options designed for their unique needs. Please contact the Hi Cap Coordinator at Carson Elementary with any questions.
Our first priority is the safety of students. The Stevenson-Carson School District strives to provide students with optimal conditions for learning by maintaining a school environment where everyone is treated with respect and no one is physically or emotionally harmed.
Therefore, we take any type of reported bullying very seriously and begin investigating the situation immediately.
The SCSD District Office received a formal complaint on Thursday, October 9th that one of our high school teachers was using a controversial classroom management technique that has been construed as inappropriate and a reported form of bullying.
We take any matter of concern voiced by parents and students seriously. When the high school initially became aware of the incident at hand, it was dealt with in a prompt manner by the school principal.
The district has secured a third party investigator with the assistance of our district personnel office to look into the complaint. In the meantime, the teacher has been placed on administrative leave.
The SCSD provides a safe and nurturing environment for all children. If you have any questions or concerns regarding what is happening in your child’s school, please don’t hesitate to contact the district office.
There has been a doctor confirmed case of chickenpox (varicella) in the area. Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease, which can be spread directly from person to person, or indirectly from contaminated articles. It can also be spread through coughing or sneezing.
If you have not had your child vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to have your child receive the appropriate vaccination.
Please watch your child for signs of this rash. Some children may have a fever and feel ill. Do not give aspirin for fever, as this has been associated with Reyes Syndrome. If your child is sick, do not send him/her to school.
Chickenpox rash starts with red bumps that change to blisters. The rash is itchy and the blisters break open and form scabs. The rash is usually most prominent on the chest or back, but may be spread over the entire body, including the mouth, throat, eyes and scalp. Persons with chickenpox can be contagious for up to five days before and five days after the rash appears.
Although chickenpox is usually a mild childhood illness, it can be serious for children who are immunosuppressed, for newborn infants, and for adults (pregnant women especially). Watch for signs of pneumonia and for signs of infection in the blisters. If your child has these complications or is very ill please contact your health care provider. If you have questions about the chickenpox vaccine, please consult with your provider or Skamania County Health Department.
On Thursday, July 10th the Stevenson-Carson School District met to adopt operating budgets (General Fund, Associated Student Body Fund, Capital Projects Fund, and Transportation Vehicle Fund) for the 2014-2015 school year.
Based upon a projected student enrollment of 862 students and 34 ALE Columbia Gorge School students, apportionment for the school year will be approximately $11,053,812. This amount includes general apportionment, state and federal categorical funding, local levy support, and federal forest funds.
The 2013-2014 school year was exciting and productive. We implemented full-day kindergarten, focused on making sure we have the right tools for a new, rigorous curriculum and the Common Core Standards, and began our new teacher/principal evaluation process.
As we approach the 2014-2015 school year, we have much more work to do. We will be adopting new K-12 math and language arts curriculums, preparing for the new Smarter Balanced Assessment, and will continue to focus on analyzing data to inform and improve instruction. Additionally, we will continue to work hard to ensure the District’s financial stability while providing a quality educational program for all students by continuing to explore and implement District-wide cost savings measures and revenue producing initiatives. This will provide the best opportunity for the District to prosper in the future and withstand the challenging economic conditions we are currently experiencing.
SCSD wishes everyone a safe and restful summer. We look forward to seeing you in the fall.
Stevenson High School receives Washington Achievement Award for Overall Excellence.
“We are so excited to be honored with the Overall Excellence award this year,” said SHS principal Sarah Marino. “Staff work hard every day to help students make academic gains and prepare for life beyond high school. Our students at SHS are amazing too; they put a lot of effort into their exams,” continued Marino.