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Name Friday Report 2014-06-27
Release Date June 28, 2014
Board Meetings & Minutes Drafts
Draft minutes for the June 24 regular meeting, and the June 24 and June 26 special meetings are attached. Please provide
necessary changes to Debbie Vanderwilt by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 30. The June 30 special meeting minutes will be
completed immediately after the special meeting, and then posted to this edition of the Friday Report. Please provide
necessary changes to Debbie Vanderwilt by noon on Tuesday, July 1. Please note that Friday Report will be on vacation during
July and the first two weeks of August, resuming August 15 unless an edition is needed prior to that date. (This item was
updated subsequent to initial release.)
Attachment: Board Meeting Minutes 20140624 Special.pdf (15 KB)
Attachment: Board Meeting Minutes 20140624 Regular.pdf (43 KB)
Attachment: Board Meeting Minutes 20140626 Special.pdf (14 KB)
Attachment: Board Meeting Minutes 20140630 Special.pdf (17 KB)
Board Meeting Follow-Up
Middle School Counselors: During the June 24, 2014 regular meeting, a spokesperson for middle school counselors who
addressed the board requested that a packet of information be presented to the directors. The package was scanned and is
attached here. Directors are reminded that the board is obligated to bargain with the elected and recognized representatives of
the Everett Education Association, and not individual groups of employees within that unit. To do so may be determined by the
Public Employee Relations Commission to be an unfair labor practice. Bargaining with the EEA on the current contract was
concluded two years ago, and the contract has been opened twice in accordance with its terms. (The most recent agreements
to amend are included in the consent agenda for the July 1, 2014 regular meeting.) The district has adhered carefully to the
contract provisions related to agreed-upon counselor staff allocations.
Attachment: Middle School Counselors packet 20140624.pdf (2,718 KB)
Summer Learning Opportunities: Everett Public Schools offers a wide range of summer learning opportunities for students. In
reviewing the attached matrix, directors will note some programs are designed to provide credit recovery or extended learning
opportunities for identified students, and in other cases to provide a jump-start for the upcoming school year. The wide array
of offerings originates from district level coordination, as well as school-based leadership. Despite the close of 180-day portion
of the 2013-14 school year, students will have access to summer learning opportunities throughout the district.
Attachment: 2014 Summer Learning Opportunities.pdf (58 KB)
Three items of correspondence are provided for director background with this edition of the Friday Report. The first is
continuation of an exchange between an out-of-district home school student's parent and the board president regarding
financial support for home school programs (related to cash allocations to families). The second and third are brief exchanges
between a patron and Director Mason and Director LeSesne as a result of a recent conversation scheduled in response to the
board president's call for community members to contact her to provide opinions regarding the recent capital bond elections.
(An Internet website poll is also attached. See below a Daily Herald editorial criticizing a city council for relying on unscientific
Internet polls for policy making decisions that are responsibility of elected officials.) The fourth is a question and response
between Director Mitchell and Mike Gunn regarding background on the Jackson High School weatherization project
documentation prepared for board approval on an upcoming consent agenda. This item was placed in a prior Friday Report in
order to stimulate questions and answers in this fashion. The fifth is a compliment from a patron on the Community Resource
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Center dedication and open house. (This item was updated subsequent to initial release.)
Attachment: Attinelli-LeSesne Emails (Home school concerns) 20140622.pdf (91 KB)
Attachment: Guymon-Mason Emails (Bond measure insight) 20140624.pdf (37 KB) | Everett School Board Project Bond Fail
Poll 201404.pdf (3,068 KB)
Attachment: Guymon-LeSesne Emails (Bond measure insight) 20140629.pdf (77 KB)
Attachment: Mitchell-Gunn Emails (Jackson High weatherization) 20140623.pdf (114 KB)
Attachment: Lightburne-LeSesne Emails (CRC dedication) 20140629.pdf (76 KB)
Summer Office Hours
Beginning June 23 and ending August 8, summer administrative office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. District offices will be
closed Friday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. During July the superintendent and members of the superintendent's
cabinet will be away from the office for vacations. During the superintendent's absence, responsibility for oversight of district
operations will transfer to cabinet members in accordance with Procedure 5200P, Administrative Organization.
OSPI Waiver Requests: Kelly Marquardt, from Congresswoman Suzan DelBene's office, notified the district on Friday that
members of the Washintton congressional delegation sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education to support the request
from OSPI to waive the 14-day notification requirement of NCLB. Please find the letter attached, as well as the OSPI
correspondence announcing the request. In a related item, The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction was notified on
June 11, 2014 that the state was granted the waiver to allow all districts and schools within the state to apply to be a
Supplemental Educational Services (SES) provider. Everett Public Schools did not apply to provide services under this waiver
following analysis that indicates district resources are more flexibly used to support students' learning needs without the
designation as an SES provider.
Attachment: Congressional USED Letter Supporting OSPI 14-Day Waiver Request 20140627.pdf (85 KB)
Attachment: OSPI Letter (USED 14-Day Waiver Request) 20140619.pdf (477 KB)
State Board Proposed Rules Comment: On June 24, 2014 the board approved a letter requesting changes in the proposed rules
published by the State Board of Education to implement SB6552, which requires a 24-credit diploma. The board's letter is
attached below for reference or future use. Also attached are similar letters from a large number of members of the House of
Representatives, and from the School Alliance (of which Everett is a member). (This item was updated subsequent to initial
Attachment: Everett School Board Letter (6552 Proposed Rules Comment) 20140624.pdf (2,037 KB)
Attachment: House Members' Letter (6552 Proposed Rules Comment) 20140630.pdf (325 KB)
Attachment: School Alliance Letter (6552 Proposed Rules Comment) 20140701.pdf (278 KB)
State Score Release of Preliminary High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) Results (Strategic Target: 1.1.a)
This year, along with the reading and writing preliminary HSPE results, the state released the percent of students statewide
who have met standard on both reading and writing. According to the preliminary data, the district outperformed the state in
grade 10 reading by 2.9 percent, and grade 10 writing by 2.2 percent. Additionally, at each grade level the students of Everett
Public Schools exceed the state percentages of students who have met the reading and writing assessment graduation
requirements. The top two sections on the attached report indicate the percentage of Everett students enrolled as of June 24,
who have met standard in reading or writing. The bottom section indicates the number of currently enrolled students who have
met standard on both reading and writing assessments compared to the state scores released on June 24.
Attachment: Preliminary HSPE Spring 2014 Summary 20140627.pdf (24 KB)
McKinney-Vento Student Support Grant Revisions (Strategic Targets: 1.1.a, 1.5.a, 4.1.a)
Everett Public Schools was awarded a grant through Building Changes, a Seattle-based non-profit that works to end
homelessness. The $34,000, two-year grant will allow staff to support homeless students enrolled at Everett and Cascade High
Schools, and North and Evergreen Middle Schools. A navigator at each school will support student academic success, and refer
families to prevention, rapid re-housing, and services to prevent or end homelessness through the Investing in Families
Coordinated Entry network. The board approved this grant during its May 13, 2014 meeting. The grant has since been revised
based on subsequent district counsel recommendations:
Signature page formatting changes
Requests for information refined to "reasonable requests"
"Employee and client" changed to "employee and student"
Clarification about insurance responsibilities
Indemnification section revised to reflect the limited scope of work provided by the district
Grant term changed from April 1, 2014–March 31, 2016 to September 1, 2014–August 31, 2016
College Bound Scholarship and FAFSA Completion Enrollment (Strategic Target: 1.1.b)
The Cascade High School career specialist was recently interviewed by College Success Foundation for her efforts to sign-up
middle school students for the College Bound scholarship, and high school seniors to complete the Free Application for Financial
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Aid (FAFSA). She will be featured in an upcoming article on the College Success Foundation website. The College Bound
Scholarship is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign-up in middle school and fulfill the
Student family meets the income requirements;
Graduate from a Washington State high school or home school with a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher.
Be a good citizen in school and the community and stay crime free.
Apply to an eligible college and submit the FAFSA.
Preparing for 2014-15 WaKIDS (Strategic Targets: 1.2.a, 5.3.a)
The district added district-funded full-day kindergarten classes for 2014-15 at Monroe, Silver Lake, Whittier, and Woodside
Elementary Schools. All kindergarten children in these schools will have access to a full instructional day to develop their skills
in all areas. These kindergarten classes will participate in Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS),
increasing the number of district WaKIDS classrooms from 31 to 46. District early learning staff is providing support to
principals and kindergarten teams as they prepare for the three days of family connections meetings on September 3, 4, and
5. These meetings help to develop the relationships between children, families, and teachers and to create smoother
transitions into the K-12 system. New WaKIDS teachers will participate in summer WaKIDS trainings, including training on the
use of technology to help document children's level of development as they enter kindergarten.
Grades 7-8 Compacted Math Course Implementation (Strategic Target: 1.2.b)
Over 350 students completed the first year of the Compacted Middle School Math Pathway during 2013-14, which covered all
of the grade six Common Core math standards as well as one-third of the seventh grade standards. A team of six middle
school math teachers have worked with the district math curriculum specialists to develop the curriculum for the second
course, which will be implemented in fall 2014. This course will cover the rest of seventh grade as well as two-thirds of the
eighth grade standards. The curriculum is carefully designed around the key topics of proportional thinking and linear algebra,
with a particular emphasis on key 'pinnacle' standards that are focused on the application of middle school mathematics in
problem solving. Teachers will be supported throughout the school year with after-school support meetings held bi-weekly each
month as they implement this new course.
Literacy Summer Institute on Writing (Strategic Target: 1.2.b)
Eighty-one teachers participated in our literacy summer institute on June 19, and 83 teachers attended the institute on June
20. K-2 teachers engaged in professional development, in their grade level teams, facilitated by district reading specialists and
writing teachers. Teachers learned about writing for the Common Core State Standards, observed a modeled writing lesson,
developed criteria for teaching opinion writing, and acquired strategies for integrating writing across the curriculum. Teachers
were appreciative of the new learning with a focus on writing. Some librarians, resource teachers, and other content specialists
joined the sessions as well. The literacy Common Core summer institute will continue for two additional days to prepare grades
Advance Placement Enrollment and Exam Participation Increase (Strategic Target: 1.2.b)
Increased rigor is developed throughout the curriculum and rigorous course offerings are provided equitably across schools.
From 2005 to 2014, the district has produced a dramatic increase in the number of students taking Advanced Placement
courses, and in the number of students taking the exams. Correspondingly, schools are offering more Advanced Placement
classes for students as a part of the strategic goal to increase rigor and prepare students for college and beyond.
Number of students taking AP exams in 2005 was 330. In 2014, 778 took AP exams; a 135 percent increase.
Number of exams taken by students in 2005 was 395. (Some students take more than one exam). In 2014 students
took a total of 989 exams; a 150 percent increase.
In 2005, district high schools offered 571 AP "seats" for students. In 2014 that number had multiplied almost three
times to 1,595; a 179 percent increase. (Some students take more than one AP class, so the "seat" count is greater
than the student count.)
In 2007, the number of students who enrolled in one or more AP classes was 685, and only 48 percent of them took an
AP exam. In 2014, the number of students who enrolled in one or more AP class had jumped to 1,185, and 66 percent
of them took an exam; a 138 percent increase in students taking exams.
In late July, the district will receive the results of this year’s AP tests and data on how many of the 778 students who took AP
exams earned qualifying scores of 3 or higher.
Biology Collection of Evidence (Strategic Targets: 1.2.b, 1.2.c)
Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) teachers met this week for the first of three days of instructional mapping this summer.
The Biology COE provides an alternative opportunity for students to demonstrate proficiency on the concepts tested on the
Biology End of Course (EOC) exam. This EOC is required for graduation by the 2015 graduation class, next year’s seniors. The
yearlong COE class provides an opportunity for students to relearn the essential biology standards in a lab based class. The
COE is composed of scenarios that require students to write extended responses on each biology strand. In addition to
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providing support to students that struggle in science, teachers will provide support for reading and writing. Many students are
expected to be English Language Learners and will need extra practice and instruction in these areas.
High School Social Studies (Strategic Targets: 1.2.b, 1.2.c)
A team of U.S. History and World History teachers worked together this year to develop proficiency scales for Washington State
Social Studies Standards, to learn about Common Core State Standards for history and social studies (H/SS CCSS), to
understand the common core shifts, and to begin development of performance assessments aligned to social studies state
standards and H/S CCSS. In August, these teachers will complete their work on the assessments using the proficiency scales to
guide both the design of assessment tasks and the development of scoring guides for the assessments. These leveled
assessments will serve as a support for standards-focused instruction and assessment. In addition, the proficiency scales
developed by this team will accelerate the work to be done next year to develop K-12 social studies proficiency scales as part
of the social studies adoption process.
University of Washington Three-Day Computer Science Workshop (Strategic Target: 1.2.c)
This summer a team of six middle school teachers and district math facilitators will participate in a three-day computer science
workshop at the University of Washington. They will learn the basics of computational problem solving along with hands-on
experience with visual and physical programming, by using both Scratch and Arduino languages. This is intended to continue
district efforts to broaden teachers and math leaders view of computer science and its possible inclusion into aspects of the
STEM curriculum. Each day begins with presentations by the UW Computer Science Education speakers, or panels that include
Seattle area high school graduates who completed Computer Science degrees at UW and are currently employed in the Seattle
area, and special lectures on topics of interest to secondary math and science teachers.
Safety Net Award (Strategic Target: 4.2.a)
Everett Public Schools participates in the Washington State Safety Net grant process. This allows the district to recoup funds
expended for high cost special education students. The district is able to submit costs exceeding a state determined funding
cap. All portions of the individualized education plan must meet strict compliance requirements to be funded. The state average
compliance rate for Safety Net submissions is 86 percent. On June 19, OSPI announced that Everett Public Schools' Safety Net
compliance rate was 97 percent; 76 IEPs were funded for $1,307,913. This total is a record high amount for the special service
team. The Safety Net application process is a team effort including many district employees including special educators,
principals, therapists, office personnel, and administrators.
Everett Public Schools Student Interest Survey 2013-2014 (Strategic Target: 5.2.b)
Every three years, school districts across the state are required to administer the Student Interest Survey to students in grades
6-11. The purpose of the Student Interest Survey is to gauge student interest in athletic programs. The survey provided by the
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) focuses on athletic interests by gender. In Everett, questions regarding
ethnicity and the primary language spoken at home are also asked to provide data regarding the interests of our ethnically
diverse populations. The data from the 2013-14 is attached.
Attachment: Student Interest Survey Middle School 2013-14.pdf (20,476 KB)
Attachment: Student Interest Survey High School 2013-14.pdf (19,723 KB)
Grant for High Demand Occupational Areas (Strategic Target: 5.4.a)
As a result of the 2014 Legislative Session, $450,000 of the state general fund appropriation for fiscal year 2015 is allocated
for grants to middle schools, high schools, or skill centers to develop or upgrade high-demand career and technical education
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. Grant amounts of up to $50,000 per district are intended to
facilitate substantive reform and to create innovative model CTE STEM programs, suitable for replication throughout the state.
The goal is to increase the quality and rigor of secondary CTE STEM programs in support of high demand occupational areas;
improve links to postsecondary education; encourage and facilitate academic instruction through CTE STEM courses; and
expand access to and awareness of the opportunities offered by high quality CTE STEM. The Everett grant proposal was for
$50,000 for a STEM capstone course that complements and enhances a student’s K-12 STEM learning experience. Students
propose a research question or engineering design problem and collaboratively and independently complete the project.
Students work with professionals in the STEM research and industry community to guide their thinking and development.
Student areas of focus will be within the five identified high demand, high-wage career pathways: health science, bio-medical,
green technology, engineering/manufacturing, and computer science.
Field Trip Requests
Attachment: Cascade HS ASB-Leadership-Officer FT to Mt. Vernon 20140627.pdf (2,536 KB)
Attachment: Cascade HS Girls' Basketball Team FT to Bellingham 20140627.pdf (4,142 KB)
Attachment: Update Cascade HS Latino Club FT to Randle 20140627.pdf (5,182 KB)
Attachment: Update Cascade HS Bruin Brotherhood Football Team FT to Stanwood 20140627.pdf (3,305 KB)
Attachment: Update Cascade HS Boys' Basketball Team FT to Spokane 20140627.pdf (3,744 KB)
Miscellaneous Attachments, News Releases & Articles
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WSSDA's Policy & Legal News may now be accessed through the BoardDocs system. Directors will find the options for viewing
WSSDA model policies and procedures and the policy newsletter by clicking on the "triangle" now found on the "Policies" tab at
the top of the BoardDocs window. The June edition of the newsletter is attached for directors convenience with this edition of
the Friday Report. The second attachment is a notification that Barney Peterson has been selected as the regional teacher of
the year, and will now proceed to the state selection process. The third item is an editorial by the Daily Herald staff
admonishing a city council for using unscientific Internet opinion polls to serve in place of elected officials' judgment in policy
making decisions. The fourth is the rationale and cost projections for moving from 1,700 to 3,400 Chromebooks for next
year's Smarter Balanced Assessment administration. The fifth is the the year-end update on Accelerated Reader and STAR
assessment use in schools. (This item was updated subsequent to initial release.)
Attachment: WSSDA Policy and Legal News 201406.pdf (1,360 KB)
Attachment: Peterson-NWESD letter 20140624.pdf (452 KB)
Attachment: Herald Online Poll article 20140620.pdf (444 KB)
Attachment: Smarter Balanced Assessment Technology Solutions 20140701.pdf (118 KB)
Attachment: Accelerated Reader & STAR Participation by School 20140618.pdf (83 KB)
Points of Pride
Directors' Dates to Remember
Monday, June 30 - Special Board Meeting - 4:30 p.m. - Community Resource Center, Olympics Room
Tuesday, July 1 - Regular Board Meeting - 4:30 p.m. - Community Resource Center, Board Room
Friday, July 4 - Independence Day Holiday - District Closed
Thursday-Friday, August 21-22 - Annual Planning Workshop - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Location to be determined
Thursday, August 21 - Summer Graduation Ceremony - 7 p.m. - Cascade High School
Tuesday, August 26 - Regular Board Meeting - 4:30 p.m. - Community Resource Center, Board Room
Monday, September 1 - Labor Day Holiday - District Closed
Wednesday, September 3 - First Day of School
Tuesday, September 9 - Regular Board Meeting - 4:30 p.m. - Community Resource Center, Board Room
Board Meeting Minutes 20140624 Special.pdf (15 KB) 2014 Summer Learning Opportunities.pdf (58 KB)
Cascade HS ASB-Leadership-Officer FT to Mt. Vernon 20140627.pdf (2,536 KB)
Middle School Counselors packet 20140624.pdf (2,718 KB)
Cascade HS Girls' Basketball Team FT to Bellingham 20140627.pdf (4,142 KB)
Update Cascade HS Latino Club FT to Randle 20140627.pdf (5,182 KB)
Update Cascade HS Bruin Brotherhood Football Team FT to Stanwood 20140627.pdf (3,305 KB)
Attinelli-LeSesne Emails (Home school concerns) 20140622.pdf (91 KB)
Guymon-Mason Emails (Bond measure insight) 20140624.pdf (37 KB)
Mitchell-Gunn Emails (Jackson High weatherization) 20140623.pdf (114 KB)
WSSDA Policy and Legal News 201406.pdf (1,360 KB)
Update Cascade HS Boys' Basketball Team FT to Spokane 20140627.pdf (3,744 KB)
Board Meeting Minutes 20140626 Special.pdf (14 KB)
Everett School Board Project Bond Fail Poll 201404.pdf (3,068 KB)
Peterson-NWESD letter 20140624.pdf (452 KB) Herald Online Poll article 20140620.pdf (444 KB)
Board Meeting Minutes 20140624 Regular.pdf (43 KB) Student Interest Survey M.S. 2013-14.pdf (20,476 KB)
Student Interest Survey H.S. 2013-14.pdf (19,723 KB)
Preliminary HSPE Spring 2014 Summary 20140627.pdf (24 KB)
Congressional USED Letter Supporting OSPI 14-Day Waiver Request 20140627.pdf (85 KB)
OSPI Letter (USED 14-Day Waiver Request) 20140619.pdf (477 KB)
Guymon-LeSesne Emails (Bond measure insight) 20140629.pdf (77 KB)
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Lightburne-LeSesne Emails (CRC dedication) 20140629.pdf (76 KB)
Board Meeting Minutes 20140630 Special.pdf (17 KB)
Everett School Board Letter (6552 Proposed Rules Comment) 20140624.pdf (2,037 KB)
House Members' Letter (6552 Proposed Rules Comment) 20140630.pdf (325 KB)
School Alliance Letter (6552 Proposed Rules Comment) 20140701.pdf (278 KB)
Smarter Balanced Assessment Technology Solutions 20140701.pdf (118 KB)
Accelerated Reader & STAR Participation by School 20140618.pdf (83 KB)
Last Modified by Gary Cohn on July 3, 2014
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