Chat over Coffee Sunday, September 21 from 12:30 to 2

You’re invited to talk over coffee about education and NK schools on Sunday, September 21 from 12:30 to 2 at Poulsbohemian coffeehouse in Poulsbo. I will be just back from the WSSDA Legislative Assembly in Yakima and can share what I learned about the up-coming “superbowl” of legislative sessions, where the Legislature is expected to make significant progress toward fully funding schools or face sanctions. I am also interested in hearing about how school is going for our families so far this year. I hope you join me.

Join Me for Coffee Saturday, July 19

I’ll be drinking coffee and conversing about NK schools this Saturday, July 19th at Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse in Poulsbo from noon to 1:30. Drop in and join the conversation. Topics on my mind right now are: strategic objectives, new state board rules on 24 credit graduation requirement, and suicide prevention. I am most interested in hearing your perspective on what is important to you and your community. Please join me.

Arts Education Policy Adopted at North Kitsap

At the June 11th 2014 Nk School Board meeting, the board voted to adopt an Arts Education Policy. Next steps could be evaluating NK’s arts program and implementing improvement strategies.

The policy states:

“The board recognizes that an arts education (defined as music, visual arts, theater, literature, and dance) is an essential part of the learning experience for students. The district’s art education should provide opportunities for appreciation, creation, performance, and integration with other educational disciplines.

The board believes that through arts education, students learn to develop creativity, discipline, perception, perseverance, self-expression and critical thinking. These capacities are fundamental in preparing students for citizenship, career and college. The board further believes that a comprehensive arts education program enriches cultural experiences and builds connection within our community.”

 

 

Coffee Chat in Kingston, Saturday, June 14th 8:30 – 10:30

Please join me and talk about NK Schools at Mystic Mountain Coffee in Kingston from 8;30 to 10:30, Saturday, June 14.  Let’s celebrate the start of summer and our graduates and talk about what our strategic goals for the coming years should be.  Should we graduate 100% of our students?  Should we develop out teachers to be the best?  A graduating senior offered this perspective on education.  It’s not the student’s that are the products.  It is the teacher’s that are offering a service.  It’s the student’s responsibility to take advantage of that service.  It’s not the teacher failing the students.  It’s the students who are failing themselves.

Coffee and Conversation about NK Schools, Saturday May 3rd 8:30-10:30

Please join me for coffee this Saturday, May 3rd, at Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse in Poulsbo. I will be there from 8:30 to 10:30. Potential conversation topics are: budget for 2014-15 school year, upcoming stragic planning, highly capable program, alternative learning education (ALE) or anything else on your mind.

Coffee in Kingston, Saturday, March 8th from 8:30 to 10:30

Join me for conversation about NK Schools over coffee at Mystic Mountain Coffee in downtown Kingston, Saturday, March 8 from 8:30 to 10:30. The high school students are pondering class choices for next year. Kindergarten registration is open, and tuition for full day is only $1500. The Community Finance Advisory Committee is looking over the survey and hearing from principals and staff about what is needed.

School Conversation and Coffee, Saturday Feb 22 8:30 to 11:30

I’ll be at the Poulsbohemian coffee house in Poulsbo on Saturday, Feb 22 from 8;30 to 11;30.  I’m interested in hearing about ways schools can best engage parents.  The district is asking for board approval to request a waiver of no more than 5 days  (from 180 days) for parent teacher conferences from the State Board of Education.  The waiver requires articulating how the conferences contribute to student achievement.  I’m wondering what parents and teachers think.  Is 15-20 minutes one-on-one with your student’s teacher worth the loss of two days of instruction?  How can the goal of parent engagement be better accomplished?

Talk with NK Staff: Express Your Values

Voters have approved the M&O school levy by a simple check of the yes box on the ballot. Now use your feet to bring your voice to advocate for your values and help set budget priorities.
The district is hosting its second Community Budget Forum on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 7:00pm-8:00pm at the North Kitsap High School Commons, 1780 NE Hostmark Street, Poulsbo.

Your Voice is Needed to Set Priorities

The North Kitsap School District is requesting input from our community for the 2014-15 Operating Budget through an online survey. Public feedback is a vital part of the budget development process. The survey asks for input in the areas of Basic Education, Special Programs, Instructional Programs, and Enhancing/Restoring funding.

Explanation of survey areas:

•Basic Education on the survey are the areas of funding that are expected to come to schools from the state to amply fund education by 2108. They are Transportation, Class Size Reduction, All Day Kindergarten, and Materials, Supplies and Operating Costs.

•Special Programs include both State/Federally mandated programs (example: Special Education), and programs that may be set up within a school district or school. Examples include: Dual Language Program – all classes are taught within the program. Options – classes are taught within the program. Highly Capable (AGATE) Program – subjects are taught within the program.

•Instructional Programs are the courses taught. Examples include music classes, foreign language classes, advanced placement classes.

•Enhancing/Restoring Funding identifies areas – not programs or classes – where funding has be reduced or eliminated over the past several years.

Here is the link: http://www.nkschools.org/budgetsurvey2014

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and will be open through 6:00pm Friday, February 21, 2014.

If you do not have internet access and need a paper copy of the survey, please contact Community Relations at (360) 396-3004.