Welcome everyone to the 2016-2017 School
We are nice people
We communicate well We work as a team We keep students First
Welcome to a
new school year filled with fresh opportunities and great people. I am thrilled
to begin my second year as your superintendent. Please take note of the “We”
statements at the top of this page. While “we” are not perfect, these
statements represent our operating principles, and we will strive to make them
true in our interactions each day of the year. Your students are our top
priority and the reason we have chosen education as our profession. I hope you
will take a moment to read about a few of the updates in the district which are
listed below. I am looking forward to a great new year together!
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and accomplishments throughout the school year.
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2016-2017?
We’re excited to
welcome new and returning staff to the District - they are:
and Brenda Jenson: Leigh and Brenda will team up to teach 3rd grade this
year. This team returns with a wealth of
experience and a commitment to the success of Kalama students – welcome back!
New Special Education staff have joined us in the following roles:
o MS/HS Special Education Teacher: Josh Reed
o Elementary Special Education Teachers: Lizzie Sheldon and Holly Von
o Elementary Paraeducators: Megan Cox, Kelly Bowen, Christi Lange and
Kim Allais has hit
the ground running as our new MS/HS Assistant Principal. She’s planning great
back to school activities for students and staff, and she has already hosted an
“all-nighter lock in” for ASB Leaders – go Kim! She has also represented the
Chinooks at trainings and meetings around the region.
the word about parking, buses and visitors. YOU WILL BE AFFECTED, but we will be
there to guide the process!
MANY years and two formal studies of our traffic patterns, we are trying a new
approach to improve traffic flow, parking access and student safety. Why now?
We have been made aware that our current approach, while functional for us,
presents serious safety issues for Kalama students. Stay tuned for a map and a detailed
description of the new procedures!
Here are the key points:
Students: Park in the upper parking lot at the
Elementary Parents: drop off and pick up will occur BEHIND
the elementary school by the covered area
MS/HS Parents: will now have parking options behind
the elementary, in the lower lot next to the MS/HS, and in front of the
elementary school EXCEPT during drop off and pick up during bus times.
Buses Only: buses will use the front of the
elementary school during drop off and pick up. They will exit through the old Senior parking lot.
The year brings
with it many new classes and opportunities at Kalama Middle/High School
including Introduction to Computer Science, Career Choices and Work Base
Learning. Contact Mrs. Delker to learn more!
also arrive new to Kalama Elementary (4th/5th), Middle
and High School students. Students at all three levels
will now have the opportunity to learn science through Robotics and/or compete
on a robotics team. Lead teachers for this initiative are Victoria Wells, Chris
Stone and Grant Noble.
We are the
first school District in Cowlitz County to join the Southwest Washington STEM Learning
Network. Students will benefit from increased opportunities for internships, AP
preparation and career development, especially in areas related to Science
Technology Engineering and Mathematics.
COMMUNICATION - CONNECTION
Kalama School District new website (click
here) is active and it exists to serve your
needs – use the comments section on the main page to give us feedback
on the website or ANY question, concern or idea you have. We will review your
ideas on a weekly basis!
JOIN US! You may discover a
new passion! We are happy to have staff re-joining us, but we’re also running low on substitute
teachers. At Kalama our subs are truly guest teachers. Do you have a college degree? Do you enjoy
working with youth and children? Please click here to learn more about
becoming a substitute - we are always in need!
Coming very soon you will be able to pay
online for student school fees and update lunch balances. To
accomplish this, the district will be piloting “RevTrack”
services. While this third party vendor does charge a 3.49% transaction fee, we
will continue to accept payment in person if you prefer.
Our Long Range Facility
Planning Committee has now met four times to evaluate and discuss data;
walk through buildings; and generate facility improvement strategies for
recommendation to the school board. Click here to learn
more about our process so far!
To alleviate cafeteria
congestion Mr. Strot and the custodial staff have
worked hard to create space for MS/HS students to eat lunch within the MS/HS
building. As a result there are 140 seats now set up in the senior hall area
for this purpose.
We have a safer elevator at
the stadium. If the elevator has prevented you from attending our games –
please join us this year!