Teaching and Learning
Parents: On Tuesday, April 21st OSPI released updated rules for all state schools. Our district teachers have been weeks into the work of creating Instructional Tasks and providing feedback.
Read the letter sent by each school on April 22nd.
Governor Inslee announced that schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Our Teachers and Administrators have developed Instructional Tasks for students and other resources for parents to know and support student learning from home. Parents are advised to start at their teacher's website when navigating the expectations and resources for students during the learn-at-home time.
Families should receive communication from their teachers during each week of school closure. Teachers have determined their own method for accomplishing regular contact with students and families. If the communication plan is unclear to you, please email your teacher or principal.
"How to Guide for Parents" is available on the right panel of this page and will be updated as needed. Instructions will be added on topics such as how to log on to computer-based learning applications. (video only, no audio)
Providing access to remote learning: The school district issued over 220 Chromebooks to families for continuous learning. If your family checked one of these devices out, please look for notices here and from your schools as to how and when to return them before June 11.
Wi-Fi is available in the Saltar's Point parking lot and in front of Chloe Clark. Pierce Transit is also offering wifi as of April 23rd. https://www.piercetransit.org/news/?id=453&utm_source=C4
Families that require print materials can follow directions posted in the How to Guides for Parents in the upper right hand corner of this webpage.
LEARNING RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
Each teacher page has the following elements. Please note the differences between each of these features:
Instructional Tasks are assignments that students are expected to engage with and complete. Teachers will provide two Instructional Tasks per week. These tasks will most likely be factored into grades and report cards at the end of the second semester (we are still awaiting guidance from OSPI regarding rules about grading - to be updated on 4/6).
Parents who need alternate forms (non-electronic) of these tasks and materials should contact their school to get print versions.
Office Hours are times designated by each teacher declaring when students can access live-time instruction or help each week.
Learning Activities are supplemental and are not meant to be a substitute for classroom instruction, but will help students practice their skills, learn independently, and remain engaged during school closure. By engaging in these activities, your student is provided the means to get extra practice and enrichment while school is closed.
For access to SKYWARD (student information system) please follow these instructions.
When using your student account for login be sure it includes "@students.steilacoom.k12.wa.us" - for example: email@example.com
Clever is the Single Sign On (SSO) application that allows students to login with their student network username and password and then provides access to all digital curriculum used by that grade level or teacher. (click Clever icon above or access via district website)
Google Classroom is a tool that is widely used by our teaching staff. Because students will likely be accessing teacher sites from non-school devices, they will need to log in with their district username and password. Teachers will be sending this information out to each parent so their students can access Google Classrooms and the district Google Suite. FYI the student username and account is only for logging in and is not an active email account.
Recommended Tip: Once you've logged in your student, you can still access other Google Accounts by toggling between users (upper right hand circle icon). This prevents you from having to type in the student username password each time they want to access their teacher pages.
Khan Academy has full courses and single lessons or demonstrations for students to navigate all grade levels and topics. Click the COURSES tab on the menu bar to start navigating.
Pierce County Library has a host of learning applications - TOOLS FOR STUDENTS and also homework help
Utah Educational Network (fully developed, state-approved curricula)
Student Interactive Applications provide learning content and activities in all K-12 grades and subjects https://www.uen.org/k12student/interactives.shtml
Search by grade and subject https://www.uen.org/curriculumsearch/searchParams.action
Our District's Log of School Closure and Learning Support
Our district leadership and instructional staff planned ahead and worked quickly to provide support to our students and families. Our goals are to keep learning going, stay connected, and provide support during this unprecedented time.
4/6: Governor Inslee announced that schools will remained closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year
4/3-4/10: Scheduled Spring Break
3/23: Teachers added Instructional Activities and Office Hours per OSPI update
3/23: Chromebook check-out by appointments - issued every Wednesday until 5/5
3/20: Snow make-up day; non-work day for teachers
3/13: Teachers created Learning Activities pages for their students and families per OSPI direction
3/13: Governor Inslee declared all schools closed until April 27th
3/12: Chromebook link to request and get check-out appointments for families in need shared in Dr. Weight's letter and posted on each teacher's site.
2/29: Governor Inslee declared State of Emergency; closure of most public places and gatherings
Instructional Activities (required work) were provided as of 3/23 following updated guidance from OSPI.
Learning Activities were provided to students by their teachers as of 3/17.
OSPI has released a toolkit which includes information, resources, and tools to provide school leaders with an understanding of Washington’s new graduation requirements and pathways.
Steilacoom Historical School District’s Teaching and Learning Department is committed to coordinating curriculum, instruction, and assessment to provide strong programs so that all students meet or exceed standards and have success as life-long learners.
Reading is a fundamental and transformative skill for communication.
Steilacoom is a District of Distinction
See our recognition for attending to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Districts of Distinction
What are people saying about our teachers and support staff?
"Our teachers have the special quality of understanding it's all about paying attention to the small things, which can be seen by the way they care for kids academically, for their social and emotional development, and how they support one another personally and professionally. I have never known a more committed group of people to a common cause -- and it is my sincere pleasure and honor to work with them."
Gary Yoho, Principal Chloe Clark Elementary
"Our teachers have the special quality of seeing students as unique individuals, which can be seen by the way they greet them at the door, adjust classroom tasks, go to performances outside of school, inquire about a family event, provide a needed item discretely and give space for mistakes"
Louann Stalder, District Instructional Coach
"Our teachers have the special ability to create a climate that ensures a positive, respectful, and safe learning environment. This can be seen from the movement they greet their kids at the door!"
Ryan Douglas, Principal Cherrydale Primary
"Our teachers are the very best and what you do for our students every single day is simply amazing. I recently had the opportunity to share our district efforts around social and emotional learning to a group of school leaders from around the state. The theme that I tend to reiterate is the fact that our high quality staff know how to create learning environments focused on a sense of belonging. Not every school district is as lucky. We really do have the kindest people in our organization that care deeply about every student finding success. I am grateful for our team in Steilacoom Historical School District and want to thank you for having the heart to do this difficult work."
Dr. Kathi Weight, Superintendent
Steilacoom is one of six school districts
selected as a Healthy School Champion
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) School Health Branch (CDC Healthy Schools) is pleased to announce that 17 State Departments of Education have been awarded Fiscal Year 2018 funding through the “Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools” Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
These state grantees will support the implementation and evaluation of evidenced-based strategies and activities to:
(1) prevent obesity and reduce the risk of children and adolescents developing chronic disease in adulthood, and
(2) manage chronic health conditions prevalent in student populations including poor health, asthma, food allergies, seizure disorders, diabetes and other disease, disabilities or conditions. Tennessee is provided additional funding to support professional development activities for state grantees.
New K-5 mathematics pilot completed -
District to select curriculum soon
Our school district has selected three curricula in consideration for adoption, planned for Spring 2020.
Volunteer teachers have been selected to pilot the different curricula and assess each curriculum for rigor and effectiveness.
Focus on STEM
CBS had a segment on the importance of getting girls into STEM courses and careers.
Access the State StandardsParents are invited to open and explore Your Child’s Progress and ReadyWA,both of which are produced by the State Superintendent’s Office (OSPI). These online publications are resources for parents to learn and track what standards students should be learning at each grade level. They are companions to the Smarter Balanced Family Report that is sent to parents via US mail in the fall.
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are also known as the Washington State Learning Standards (WSLS). These standards are statements explaining what each student should know and be able to do at each grade level. The key content areas of math and English/Language arts (ELA) are addressed by the standards. Parents can learn more by following these links:
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