Soon the fall/winter storm season will be upon us and we have prepared this letter to assist staff and parents with Peninsula School District’s procedures and expectations during inclement weather and school closures. Below you will find guidelines to make this process easier for you and also to help you understand how weather decisions are made.
Making a Thoughtful Decision:
- Weather information is reviewed the day and night prior to the decision. A review with our transportation department and neighboring districts is also done.
- Starting at 3:00 a.m. or sooner, district officials and the transportation department drive emergency bus routes throughout the District’s 120 square miles. * The District may choose to operate on a normal schedule, have a late start, or close entirely.
- Late starts allow us:
- time to monitor and adjust decisions to changing conditions.
- to provide the safety of daylight for students and transportation personnel.
- additional time for Peninsula School District staff to arrive to work. o time for transportation to further critique snow routes and make necessary adjustments or modifications.
- SchoolMessenger® System: notifies all staff and parents within 30 minutes by phone
- Peninsula School District Website: www.psd401.net * Peninsula School District Emergency Information Line: 253-530-1088
- Local TV and radio stations * KGHP (District radio station): 89.3FM, 89.9FM, 105.7FM; or, www.kghp.org
- Emergency bus route information is available by early November in school offices and on the Peninsula School District website under “Schools"
- You may also subscribe to School Report through Public Schools Emergency Communications Systems (PSECS) which will automatically send you an email notifying you of any delays or closures that are posted. To subscribe go to: schoolreport.org
Again, please remember the District has a large geographical size and weather conditions may vary greatly from area to area. Student and employee safety is the highest priority.
What’s New? The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Smarter Balanced Assessments
Grounded in extensive research, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) define what all students should learn in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy to ensure they graduate from high school well prepared for college and the workplace. The new standards feature an increase in rigor, with a focus on critical thinking skills and problem solving. For more information about the Common Core State Standards please visit: http://www.k12.wa.us/Corestandards/
Beginning in 2015 there will be new state tests that assess the CCSS called Smarter Balanced Assessments for grades 3-8 and 11. These new tests will replace our current state tests (MSP) in reading, writing, and math. In the interim, Peninsula School District students in grades 3-8 will participate in the field test for the Smarter Balanced Assessments this coming spring. This experience will help schools plan and adjust for the new system and provide students with a ‘feel’ for the new tests. Since they are participating in the field test, students will not take the MSP in reading, writing, or math this spring. While the field test will not produce individual student results, parents will continue to receive reports directly from their school about their child’s academic progress. For more information about the Smarter Balanced Assessments, please visit: http://www.k12.wa.us/smarter/
PSD on Target to Implement Common Core State Standards
During the next school year Peninsula School District will begin a two-year implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics and English Language Arts. These standards were developed to define the knowledge and skills students should attain to be prepared to succeed in college and career.
Continuing are the high quality teaching practices that you see in our district. Some changes you will see in the classroom include emphasis in reading more informational and complex texts, writing to justify thinking, and more problem solving and problem-based learning. Knowledge and skills to be mastered at each grade level are clearly stated and reflect higher standards.
A brief introduction to Common Core Standards for each grade level can be found on the National PTA website.
The new assessments that correspond to the CCSS will be implemented in the spring of 2015.
We will continue to keep you updated throughout our two-year implementation process.
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