• Teaching and Learning

    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  


    "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

      Chloe staff

    "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

     Ms McGlothern

    "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

    SHS loves its teachers

    "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



    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 Mathematics curriculum

    pilot starts in September

    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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    Stats in Schools

    Using new Statistics in Schools (SIS) resources in your classroom during the 2019-2020 school year will support efforts to make sure EVERY child is counted in the 2020 Census.

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    The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization in the United States, dedicated to promoting excellence in education.  Steilacoom School District is dedicated to supporting teachers in the National Board pursuit.

    Support includes:

    • free monthly facilitated cohort meetings
    • paid work time
    • access to district/building level resources
    • access to the OSPI conditional loan
    • reimbursement of all NB fees once certification is achieved

    Questions/interest contact: 

    Louann Stalder, NBCT (SHSD NB Program Manager) lstalder@steilacoom.k12.wa.us

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