Vashon Island School District

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FYI From the Superintendent

  • VISD – Racism and Discrimination are Not Tolerated Here

    Posted by Jodi Burwell at 2/15/2017 10:00:00 AM

    Dear Parents and Colleagues,

    The Vashon Island School District welcomes all students to our district with deep respect and regard for the inclusion of students of all races, ethnicity, and immigration status.  We are a school community of caring and compassion in which racism and discrimination is not accepted or tolerated.  While the three branches of our federal government navigate to define a humane immigration policy, let us follow the leadership here in the State of Washington to provide safe, respectful, and supportive communities for all. 

    The Supreme Court Case from 1982, Plyer v. Doe, ruled that undocumented students have the same right to attend public schools as U.S. citizens and permanent residents. As a result of this ruling, public schools:

    • May not deny admission to a student during initial enrollment or at any other time on the basis of immigration status.
    • May not treat a student differently to determine residency.
    • My not engage in any practices that might have a “chilling effect” on school enrollment.
    • May not require students or parents to disclose or document their immigration status, including Social Security numbers.
    • May not make inquiries of students or parents that may expose their undocumented status. Examples include asking for a student’s status when enrolling the student as an English learner or when enrolling for free or reduced-price meals.

    Although we are required to collect information about a student’s race, ethnicity and address, that information cannot be disclosed to the public.

    To be clear, our state’s public education system exists to help our students learn. It does not function, nor will function, as an arm of federal immigration services. As with all other districts in the state, the Vashon Island School District is committed to our state’s constitutional requirement that all students are to be educated “without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste or sex.”  Reports of discrimination or harassment can be made to any school administrator, directly to our director of student services, Kathryn Coleman, 206-463-8529, or anonymously through our website.

    To find more information on this subject, visit The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website at: www.k12.wa.us.

    Additional resources:

     I welcome your questions and comments on this matter.

    Respectfully yours,

      

    Michael Soltman
    Superintendent of Schools
    msoltman@vashonsd.org

    206-463-8535

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  • Makeup Snow Day

    Posted by Jodi Burwell at 2/14/2017 10:00:00 AM

    Dear Parents and Community,

    As you know school was canceled due to snow on Monday, February 6th, and I hope your child(ren) made the most of playing in the snow!  To fulfill the State's legal requirement for a 180 day school year, we are required to schedule a "make-up day."  

    On our school calendar Friday, March 10th, had been identified as a professional development day for teachers, as well as a snow make-up day.  As we have already contracted trainers for the professional development, we have decided to schedule the day as a "PDD late start" day so that we can conduct some professional development in the morning, and also make-up the required school day.

    To repeat, school will be in session, Friday, March 10th, on a late start PDD schedule.  Normal arrival times on late start PDD days are 10:25 a.m. for VHS and MCM, and 11:30 a.m. for CES. 

    In the unlikely event that we have further snow days, the make-ups will have to be scheduled the week of June 26th, and we hope to avoid that!

    Respectfully yours,

      

    Michael Soltman
    Superintendent of Schools
    msoltman@vashonsd.org

    206-463-8535

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  • Successes Continue Half Way There

    Posted by Jodi Burwell at 1/31/2017 4:00:00 PM

    Dear Parents and Colleagues,

    It’s hard to believe that the school year is already half way behind us. There is a sense of momentum building as each week passes and we celebrate the continued successes of teachers and students. Here are a few snapshots:

    Mr. Rees Awarded Educator of Distinction
    Vashon Island High School English and Literature teacher John Rees recently received a letter from the provost at The Evergreen State College recognizing him as an Educator of Distinction. Perhaps best of all, a former student nominated him for the honor. Congratulations Mr. Rees!

    McMurray Students Present Both Sides of Radio Drama on VOV
    Over the past two months, students from Patty Gregorich's drama class at McMurray Middle School were the fortunate recipients of a Vashon Center for the Arts, Artists in Schools grant. The grant provided an opportunity for students to work with retired stage actor and current voice talent Amy Broomhall in writing, producing, and directing three short radio plays. Students chose topics from the theme "Vashon Urban Legends" and reworked them into tall tales. 

    Once scripts were written and sound effects chosen, Vashon High School Alumni Dom Wolczko , who makes his living as a sound engineer, created a temporary sound studio in the McMurray counseling portable. Students proceeded to take their places at the microphones and magic unfolded.

    The resulting broadcast, McMurray Students Present Both Sides Radio Drama , will air on Voice of Vashon tomorrow, Wednesday, February 1st at 11:00am and 6:00pm.

    Tune in at www.voiceofvashon.org or KVSH 101.9 FM.

    Chautauqua Students Collect 570 Pounds of Food for Food Bank
    Students at Chautauqua Elementary collected 570 pounds of food for The Vashon-Maury Island Food Bank during its two-week food drive in December.  Yes, 570 pounds! The multi-age program spearheaded the effort, inspiring a tremendous response. It’s powerful to see our youngest students embracing the joy of giving back to the community in action.

    So, there are just three of many snapshots of success unfolding in our schools each day. I’ll be bringing you more good news as the remainder of the school year unfolds.

    Respectfully yours,

      

    Michael Soltman
    Superintendent of Schools
    msoltman@vashonsd.org

    206-463-8535

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  • Community Meeting Bond Proposal Reminder

    Posted by Jodi Burwell at 1/20/2017 5:00:00 PM

    Dear Parents and Colleagues,

    This Saturday marks the last in a series of community outreach meetings held by the Vashon Island School District Board of Directors. The meetings present an opportunity for community members to learn about proposed facility improvements that would appear on a bond tentatively scheduled for April 25th.

    Upgrades under consideration include a new track and field for Vashon Island High School, a new Facilities Maintenance building, and various other projects on our school campuses.

    Come converse directly with board members; ask questions and receive answers.  There will be handouts and detailed information about options and improvements available to attendees.

    Community Meeting: Saturday, January 21st at Vashon Island King County Public Library beginning at 10am.

    We hope to see you at this last session.

    Respectfully yours,

                            

    Michael Soltman
    Superintendent of Schools
    msoltman@vashonsd.org
    206-463-8535

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  • Reminder of Bond Community Event

    Posted by Jodi Burwell at 1/13/2017 1:45:00 PM

    Dear Parents and Colleagues,

    Just a brief reminder that there are three more opportunities to engage with the Vashon Island School District Board of Directors to learn more about proposed facility improvements that would appear on a bond tentatively scheduled for April 25th.

    Upgrades under consideration include a new track and field for Vashon Island High School, a new Facilities Maintenance building, and various other projects on our school campuses.

    Board members will have handouts and detailed information about options and improvements.

    Community Q & A: Saturday, January 14th outside of Thriftway from 11am to 2pm.

    Community Meeting: Thursday, January 19th at Chautauqua Elementary Conference Room from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

    Community Meeting: Saturday, January 21st at Vashon Island King County Public Library beginning at 10am.

    We hope to see you at one of these sessions.

    Respectfully yours,

      Michael Soltman's Signature               

    Michael Soltman

    msoltman@vashonsd.org

    206-463-8535

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  • Highly Capable Annual Notice 2017

    Posted by Jodi Burwell at 1/11/2017 11:40:00 AM

    Nominations for 2016-17 

    The Vashon Island School District provides a continuum of services for students identified as the most highly capable (generally the top 2% or better) in grades K through 12. During the nomination period (January 17th through January 31st, 2017), any adult who knows the child may bring that student’s name forward by completing the Highly Capable nomination form. Students may also nominate themselves. Nominations must be returned to your child’s school office by January 31, 2017 in order to be considered for services next school year.

     It is not necessary to nominate kindergarten students--we will administer the screener as part of our school district’s assessment practice. You may choose to opt your child out of the kindergarten screener by completing the  "opt out" form. It is also not necessary to nominate students who were already designated for highly capable services in our school district.

     If you have any questions, please contact the highly capable coordinator at your child’s school: 

    Chautauqua Elementary School: Julie Kangas, Assistant Principal, jkangas@vashonsd.org 

    McMurray Middle School: Greg Allison, Principal, gallison@vashonsd.org 

    Vashon Island High School,FamilyLink or StudentLink: Danny Rock, Principal, drock@vashonsd.org

     Definition of Highly Capable  

    Highly capable students are students who generally perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels (top 2%) when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Highly capable students generally possess the following characteristics:  

    • Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations;
    • Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers;
    • Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;
    • Ability to learn very quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength.

     While many of our students demonstrate some of these qualities, we will identify the most highly capable students (approximately the top 2% compared to their peers) who are most at-risk for disengaging from school.

     Identification Process 

    Students will be evaluated based on cognitive and academic criteria. Scores from the CogAT and/or CogAT screener are required components for the student evaluation. All data/evidence will be evaluated by the selection committee. The selection committee will determine whether a student qualifies as highly capable or not. All parents/guardians of nominated students will receive a decision letter at the completion of the evaluation. Please note the evaluation period may take several months to complete.

    Information which will be considered during the evaluation process includes: CogAT and CogAT screener scores, state Smarter Balanced Assessment results, academic performance, benchmark testing in mathematics, nomination forms, behavioral scales and other information pertinent to the individual student's needs.

    Selection of highly capable students shall not violate federal and state civil rights laws,

    shall be based on professional judgment as to which students will benefit the most from inclusion in the district's program; and shall be based on a selection system that determines which students are the most highly capable.

     

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  • Bond Q&A Reminder

    Posted by Jodi Burwell at 1/6/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Dear Parents and Colleagues,

    Just a brief reminder that the first of four opportunities to engage with the Vashon Island School District Board of Directors takes place tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 2pm in front of IGA Market and Grannies.  

    This is an opportunity for you to learn more about proposed facility improvements that would appear on a bond tentatively scheduled for April 25th. Upgrades under consideration include a new track and field for Vashon Island High School, a new Facilities Maintenance building, and various other projects on our school campuses. 

    Board members will have handouts and detailed information about options and improvements.

    Community Q & A: Saturday, January 7th outside of Granny’s and IGA Market from 11am to 2pm.

    We hope to see you there.

     

    Respectfully yours,

                            

    Michael Soltman
    Superintendent of Schools
    msoltman@vashonsd.org
    206-463-8535

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  • Community Events to Discuss Bond Propsal with VISD Board Members

    Posted by Jodi Burwell at 1/4/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Dear Parents and Colleagues,

    I hope that your holiday was restful and fulfilling.

    In the coming weeks, the Vashon Island School District Board of Directors will hold a number of community events about proposed facility improvements that would appear on a bond tentatively scheduled for April 25, 2017. Upgrades under consideration include a new track and field for Vashon Island High School, a new Facilities Maintenance building, and various other projects on our school campuses.

    The public is encouraged to drop by one of these events to ask questions and interact directly with board members who will be considering input for the bond proposal. Board members will have handouts with detailed information about options and improvements.

    Events are scheduled as follows:

    Community Q & A: Saturday, January 7th outside of Granny’s and IGA Market from 11am to 2pm.

    Community Q & A: Saturday, January 14th outside of Thriftway from 11am to 2pm.

    Community Meeting: Thursday, January 19th at Chautauqua Elementary Conference Room #302 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

    Community Meeting: Saturday, January 21st at Vashon Island King County Public Library beginning at 10am.

    Please take advantage of this opportunity to speak directly with board members. They will be listening intently to what you have to say and will be prepared to respond to your questions.

    Respectfully yours,

                            

    Michael Soltman
    Superintendent of Schools
    msoltman@vashonsd.org
    206-463-8535

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  • Confirming 2.5 Hour Late Start PDD Schedule for Friday, December 9, 2016

    Posted by Jodi Burwell at 12/9/2016 6:00:00 AM

    Dear Parents and Colleagues,

    Confirming that Vashon Island Schools will be on a 2.5 hour PDD late start schedule today, Friday, December 9.

    Buses will be running normal routes on a 2.5 hour late start schedule.

     

    Respectfully yours,

     

    Michael Soltman
    Superintendent of Schools
    msoltman@vashonsd.org
    206-463-8535

     

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  • 2.5 Hour Late Start PDD Scheudle on Friday, December 9, 2016

    Posted by Jodi Burwell at 12/8/2016 10:00:00 PM

    Dear Parents and Colleagues,

    Vashon Island Schools will be on a 2.5 hour PDD late start schedule today, Friday, December 9.

    Buses will be running normal routes on a 2.5 hour late start schedule. Road conditions will be reassesed at 5am tomorrow to be sure schools will not be closed.

     

    Respectfully yours,

     

    Michael Soltman
    Superintendent of Schools
    msoltman@vashonsd.org
    206-463-8535

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