Chimacum School District is seeking qualified applicants for:
The Chimacum School Board is inviting interested community members to be part of a group called, Key Communicators. The purpose of this group is the opportunity to extend face-to-face communication between the school district and our community. Our first meeting is April 29th at noon located at the 3-8 library on the main campus next to the elementary school. This group will meet once a month and be served lunch. The meeting will start at noon and end promptly at 1:00 pm. The first agenda will include a brief tour of the main campus and brainstorming topics that all would like to hear about. Please RSVP to Stephanie McCleary or Jessie Michaels at the Chimacum School District Office: 360.732.4090 or Jessie_michaels@csd49.org Stephanie_mccleary@csd49.org.
Our students in grades 3-8 and 11 are in the middle of taking a new set of tests known as SBAC. These tests replace the MSP and HSP in the subjects of Math, Reading and Writing. At this time students in fifth and eighth grade will continue with science tests based on the previous state standards. In 2011 the State of Washington adopted the Common Core Standards, which were developed from a meeting of State Governors and Chief State School Officers. These standards or new expectations, were created to move our students toward a career and college level of readiness. Our previous standards were established for the purpose of high school graduation. Another benefit of the standards is to provide a seamless transition as students move from one school district to another across our country.
The actual tests are all taken on a computer and the items are adjusted based on individual responses. There is multiple choice, short and long answer responses, plus performance based questions that measure a student’s problem solving abilities. If you are interested in taking practice tests you can go to: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/practice-test/
Because the tests are based on higher expectations we do expect our results to be lower the first year. This will be a baseline year and will give our staff an opportunity to look at the strengths and challenges going forward. The results are returned earlier than previously and will give parents information regarding your child’s educational progress. For 11th grade students the information will allow us to organize classes to meet individual needs in their senior year. Those students who receive a three or four on their tests will be able to eliminate the need to take placement tests at our state colleges and universities.
If you have further questions you can contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at: http://www.k12.wa.us/smarter/ or your student’s principal in grades 3-12. Thank you for your continued support and the opportunity to work with your children.
Chimacum School District Child Find Screenings
Children who may have delays will be screened in language, motor, concepts, adaptive self-help, and social-emotional developmental areas to determine if further evaluation is warranted to determine their need for special education services.
Call Chimacum School District Special Services at 732-4090 ext. 285 to make an appointment for screening of children between 3 and 5 years of age who may have suspected developmental delays.
To schedule a screening for children of Birth to 3 years of age with suspected developmental delays, please call Concerned Citizens at 379-1315 to set up an appointment.
Port Townsend - The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Program at Jefferson County Public Health, in partnership with the DD Advisory Board, Skookum, and Concerned Citizens, is celebrating National Disability Employment Month by honoring the following employers: Subway, Pizza Factory, Pane d'Amore, Enclume, Port Townsend Business Guides, Pippa's, Glow, Goodwill, Homer Smith Insurance, Uptown Nutrition, Safeway, Chimacum School District, and Bayview Restaurant.
These businesses are leading efforts to employ local people with developmental disabilities, and leading by example when it comes to eliminating barriers to work. By allowing local people with developmental disabilities to fully participate in the community workforce, everyone wins. Members of the DD Advisory Board and Jefferson County Commissioners presented three of the honored businesses with certificates of appreciation.
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