• Teaching and Learning 

    Steilacoom Schools are closed from March 16 to April 24, 2020, as ordered by Governor Inslee.

    Our Teachers and Adminstrators are developing Learning Activity Plans for the duration of the school closure period.  These will be completed and ready for parents and students on or before March 23rd.  At any time, parents and students can access Learning Resources listed at the bottom of this page.

    Learning Activities 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 optional activities, your student is provided the means continue to grow as a learner while school is closed.

    Phone and email recorded messages will be sent to families regarding how to access the learning activities once these are in place. 

    A "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)

    Chromebooks: the Chromebook check-out request is not required for all students.  Students are able to access their teacher's webpage and learning applications with a home computer or device with internet access.  The Chromebook request form is only for households without access to a computer.  The district will reach out to families who have registered and will schedule check-out to parents by March 23rd. 


    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: jparnell@students.steilacoom.k12.wa.us


    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

    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.

    Khan Academy


    PC library

    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

     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.


    Graduation Pathways

     Graduation Pathways Toolkit for the Class of 2020

    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.


     Always Learning

    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

     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 Standards

    Parents 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: 

    State Learning Standards (WSLS)


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