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First Day of School 2017-2018  
September 5 (grades 1 - 12)
September 11 (Kindergarten)
 
2015 Achievement Winner
Twenty-seven schools from 16 regional district were honored as 2015 winners of the Washington Achievement Award.  The award recognizes top-performing schools on statewide assessments the previous three years.  To be selected, schools must be among the state leaders in at least one of these categories:  overall excellence; high progress; English Language Arts growth; math growth; extended graduation rate (awarded to high and comprehensive schools only); English Language acquisition; and achievement gap.  Schools also must have at least 95 percent participation on state test to qualify for recognition.  Congratulations Selkirk Elementary on being selected as a 2015 recipient of the Achievement Award!!!
What is Family Access?

Family Access is a web-based program that allows parents to see their child’s online information. At the middle and high school levels, Family Access includes grades. However, at the elementary school, parents can view attendance, food service, emergency contact information, etc. This is a great way to keep track of your child’s lunch money account. No more waiting for the secretary! Just sign up and check the account any time of day! One account per family allows parents to see important information for all of their children.

How to Get Your
Family Access Account

Contact Carey Smith at the elementary school office to set up you Family Access account for the Skyward Portal. You simply need to supply an email address and decide on a password. Account set-up is quick and in minutes you will have access to your child's attendance information and meal account data. If you have a child in grades 6-12 and already have Family Access account, the log on information is the same. You only need one account per family. If you have questions or need assistance, please call the office.

Title 1 Award

Selkirk Elementary was selected for a Title 1 Achievement Award for success in the area of math. Only seven schools in the state received the award. Teachers Trish Fairbairn and Carla Chantry traveled to Olympia to accept the award on behalf of the school. The trip was funded by OSPI so there was no expense to the district. The teachers had a chance to meet Governor Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction, Randy Dorn. They also had a little time prior to the presentation so Laura Merrill, (recently relocated to Olympia from her Pend Oreille County Commissioner position) took the two on a tour of the capitol where they meet with Representatives Shelly Short and Joel Kretz. The award is a wonderful recognition of the hard work Selkirk Elementary staff are undertaking. The award also came with a $10,000 grant for the building to continue working toward high student achievement. The funds were used to pilot a new reading program as well as supporting summer training for AVID.

Box Tops for Education

Selkirk Elementary school participates in the Box Tops for Education fundraiser each year. The proceeds benefit the local First Book organization which provides free books to students through the school district, library, and many Cutter Theatre activities including ArtScape. We continue to collect boxtops all year. The Box Tops for Education symbol is found on over a hundred different products. Some of the brands are Kellogg’s, General Mills, Ziplock, Kleenex, Hefty, and Avery. Labels can be dropped off at the school or at both the Metalines and Ione libraries.
 
Labels for Education

Selkirk Elementary also participates in the Labels for Education program. By collecting the labels of over 2500 participating products the school earns points that can be redeemed for art, athletic and academic merchandise. Participating products are Campbell’s, Bic, Pace, Post, Pepperidge Farm, Prego, Swanson, Franco-American and V8. Labels can be dropped off at the elementary school.

Elementary Avid

What is AVID? The technical definition is Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is a program that infuses rigor, organization, and ?? into classrooms. Originally, our district piloted an AVID program built on secondary school principles where the class was an elective with separate curriculum. Based on our experiences, however, we are moving to a model that is embedded in the regular classroom. The new approach is built on Elementary AVID principles.

 

The program works on many different levels. On a simple organizational level, it will help your child manage their own learning and materials. For example, we are introducing colored pocket folders in first and second grade which will then be used for the same subjects through fifth grade. When students transition to the middle school, the folders are replaced by binders but with the same color designation, so blue is always for math and green for science. There are so many new aspects of learning to adjust to at the middle school, this is one simple way to create a smoother transition.

The program is much more than organization. AVID strategies focus on student engagement. Learning becomes much more about students grappling with information and making sense of the world around them, than what we do or preach to them. While none of the strategies are really new to education, they are packaged in a way that provides quality professional development for teachers and a common language for teachers and students from kindergarten through high school. AVID training is usually in places like San Diego, Orlando, or Dallas. We are fortunate enough to be able to pay for this professional development by using our Title 1 Achievement award money and a grant from a private foundation, College Sparks. Through the Sparks grant we hope to develop a model that other small, rural schools can replicate, thus sharing our success regarding student achievement with other districts.

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