Teaching and Learning
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Steilacoom Historical School District's Teaching & 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.
Executive Director of Student Achievement
Assessment and Intervention Coordinator
District Instructional Coach/ProTeach-NBCT Facilitator
Ready for Summer?
ACT provides free summer learning activities to help students stay sharp and prevent the 'summer slide.'
Great work is done every day by teachers and students in SHSD
"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
SHSD celebrates April as the Month of the Military Child
We celebrate our district's connection to military families every day.
April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.
For more on the Month of the Military Child follow this link.
Our district participates in the Department of Defence Education Activity program (DoDEA).
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a field activity of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. DoDEA's mission is to plan, direct, coordinate, and manage the education programs for eligible dependents of U.S. military personnel and civilian personnel of the Department of Defense (DoD). The DoD provides resources to non-DoDEA schools to help them deal with the challenges faced by military dependents.
About the DoDEA Educational Partnership Program
DoDEA supports research-based programs that aim to increase student achievement in military-connected local education agencies (LEAs) and ease the challenges and transitions that students face due to their parents' military service. Since 2009, DoDEA has awarded 439 grants, totaling over $493 million. These grants serve more than 2.1 million students, including over 647,000 military-connected students in more than 2,900 schools.
Steilacoom is one of six school districts selected as a Healthy School Champion
Subject: Announcement: 17 States Receive FY 2018 Funding Through Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools- (CDC RFA-DP18-1801)
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).
States receiving funding under this five-year NOFO include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington. 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.
We look forward to working with these states to improve the health and learning of children and adolescents in schools.
We are promoting student and school health using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) approach, with a firm commitment over the next five years.
Washington’s project, Healthy Schools Washington, Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools, includes partnerships with the Department of Health (DOH), and other key state and national organizations to provide support, including professional learning and technical assistance, to participating districts. The 6 school districts will work with OSPI to improve school success and adolescent health by implementing evidence-based school health policies, practices and programs that increase opportunities for healthy eating, physical activity and management of chronic health conditions during the school day as well as during out-of-school time.
New K-5 ELA curriculum
K-5 teachers launch the Wonders curriculum. Our school board adopted McGraw-Hill's Wonders ELA curriculum last spring. Our teachers spent a day together learning from Connie (pictured with our K-1 teachers and para-educators) and other Wonders trainers preparing for a successful launch of the curriculum.
Focus on STEM
CBS had a segment on the importance of getting girls into STEM courses and careers.
Reading is a fundamental skill for communication it can also transform us. Actress Viola Davis explains the power reading had in her life and how she is contributing to the world of literacy. Read the story here. #raceandequity #connect
Have you read Corduroy?
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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