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Employee Spotlight Janelle Mock May 2024

SHSD loves to acknowledge the exceptional work of our staff, whose dedication creates caring and safe environments for our students. Each month, we will shine a spotlight on individual staff members who go above and beyond in their care for our students, families, and staff.

At this month's school board meeting, Steilacoom High School teacher Janelle Mock was recognized for living SHS's staff ideals of Fostering Resilience and Reciprocating Grace. Janelle elevates student voice and you'll see her student's work highlighted all over the school. Just this year she has had a student visit Washington DC in recognition of art created under her tutelage, as well as spearheading an idea to recognize our native students through their stories and cultural art pieces. In her classroom, students of all abilities are engaged and smiling. With Janelle, our students express themselves and explore elements of their young adult lives that they are often unable to reveal in other classrooms. Janelle is engaged with our community and supports student activities across our entire district. Principal Jake Tyrrell shared, "I'm so glad to have her kindness and leadership on our campus!"

Women's History Month

Celebrated annually in May, ANHPI month is a time to honor and recognize the cultural heritage, contributions, and achievements of our Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community. Here in Washington, we have people from 42 different nations across Asia and the Pacific Islands that now call our state home. 

No School Memorial Day Monday, May 29

All SHSD schools & offices closed Monday, May 29

All SHSD schools & offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

No School Unused Snow Make-Up Day March 22

All SHSD schools are closed on Friday, March 24, due to an unused snow make-up day. The District Office will remain open with normal business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SHSD Inspiring Minds and Hearts

Steilacoom Historical School District is proud to be featured in the April 2024 edition of Business View magazine. The district was chosen to be included in the magazine’s Leading School Districts Segment for Washington. The feature focuses on the district’s prioritization of the holistic development of its students, as well as its approach to innovation, commitment to staff, response to demographic shifts, and vision for the future.

The article can be viewed on pages 267-276 of the magazine’s online edition at https://businessviewmagazine.com/civil-municipal/apr-2024/267/

Best High Schools US News 2024 Badge

U.S. News and World Report recently named Steilacoom High School to their “Best High Schools 2024” list. The school also received this honor in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.  Steilacoom High School is ranked 33rd out of 753 public high schools in the state of Washington.  High schools around the nation were ranked on the following indicators of school quality:  college readiness, college curriculum breadth, state assessment proficiency, state assessment performance, and graduation rate.

Employee Spotlight Cathy Feutz April 2024

SHSD loves to acknowledge the exceptional work of our staff, whose dedication creates caring and safe environments for our students. Each month, we will shine a spotlight on individual staff members who go above and beyond in their care for our students, families, and staff.

At this week's school board meeting, Cathy Feutz, Sodexo employee at Anderson Island Elementary, was recognized. Cathy is one of the many reasons AIE is a great place to learn and grow! Not only does she come out to AIE every day to serve meals, she also volunteers her time for them and other students in the district. Most recently she helped in the "Future Chefs" competition at the high school. Cathy stays after school and helps with our Craft Club, where she works with the students doing needle point. She is absolutely a bright light here on AI. She loves the students, and it is obvious that she is willing to go above and beyond for any of them and their families.

Employee Spotlight Duc Vo April 2024

SHSD loves to acknowledge the exceptional work of our staff, whose dedication creates caring and safe environments for our students. Each month, we will shine a spotlight on individual staff members who go above and beyond in their care for our students, families, and staff.

At this week's school board meeting, Duc Vo was recognized as an exceptional member of the maintenance team who displayed outstanding dedication and hard work. He’s committed to finishing each tasks he is faced with to completion, leaving no detail unaccounted for. Duc exemplifies what it means to be a truly exceptional employee - always going above and beyond, never shying away from a challenge, and continuously seeking to expand his knowledge and skills. His positive attitude and upbeat personality makes him a joy to work with, and his unwavering commitment to excellence motivates and inspires those around him. Thank you, Mr. Vo, for all that you do and for making our team better each and every day!

SHSD Receives Purple Star Award

The Steilacoom Historical School District was one of the leaders to advocate for the 2023 legislation to establish the Purple Star Award Program in our state.  The Purple Star Award Program was created to recognize school districts that have incorporated military-friendly practices and demonstrate a commitment to military-connected students and families.

To receive the award, school districts must successfully address the educational, social, and emotional barriers that students may experience when their parents/guardians are deployed or when relocating and transferring to a different school. School districts must also demonstrate a commitment to military-connected families and students by providing students with the tools and supports needed for success in their education and in their futures.

Steilacoom Historical School District (SHSD) is one of 12 school districts across Washington to earn the Purple Star Award in 2024. The district will retain the designation for two years.

“We are honored to be partnering with OSPI to recognize the dedication and hard work of the districts awarded the 2024 Purple Star Award,” said Joel Aune, Executive Director of WASA. “These districts exemplify a commitment to supporting the unique educational needs of military-connected students in Washington state. By fostering environments that address the unique social, emotional, and academic challenges these students face, the Purple Star Districts are ensuring their students are poised for a successful school experience. We commend these districts for their effort and focus on these students and their families.”

SHSD is proud to support our military-connected families throughout the year, with a special focus during the month of April. The Steilacoom Historical School District Board of Directors recently passed Resolution 919-03-20-24 declaring April the Month of the Military Child. The district, in conjunction with community partners, has planned an exciting month of celebrations designed to bring all our military and civilian families together for fun-filled activities and resource sharing. The district’s most anticipated April event is SteillyCon, held on April 24, from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Pioneer Middle School. SHSD welcomes the community to dress up as their favorite hero or character and join us for a night of games, resources, STEAM activities, local superheroes and first responders, dinner, and more!

Half Day Conferences October 16-20

Reminder - All SHSD schools are on a half-day schedule Wednesday, March 27 through Friday, March 29, for conferences.

Half-Day release times for each SHSD school are as follows:
Steilacoom High School - 11:05 am
Pioneer Middle School - 11:40 am
Anderson Island Elementary School - 11:30 am
Saltar's Point Elementary School - 12:10 pm
Cherrydale Primary School - 12:35 pm
Chloe Clark Elementary School - 12:35 pm

No School December 25 - January 5

All SHSD schools and offices will be closed April 1 - 5 for Spring Break. 

Classes will resume and offices will open on Monday, April 8.

Employee Spotlight Kristin Tinsley March 2024

SHSD loves to acknowledge the exceptional work of our staff, whose dedication creates caring and safe environments for our students. Each month, we will shine a spotlight on individual staff members who go above and beyond in their care for our students, families, and staff.

At this week's school board meeting Kristin Tinsley, Steilacoom High School's Attendance Secretary, was recognized. SHS staff shared Ms. Tinsley is a ray of sunlight and brings joy to the school every day. She is helpful and kind to both students and staff, and the students adore her. She is excellent at her job and is a positive role model for students.

Employee Spotlight Dakota Schrimsher March 2024

SHSD loves to acknowledge the exceptional work of our staff, whose dedication creates caring and safe environments for our students. Each month, we will shine a spotlight on individual staff members who go above and beyond in their care for our students, families, and staff.

At this week's school board meeting Dakota Schrimsher, an English teacher at Steilacoom High School, was recognized. Ms. Schrimsher was recognized as a solid, reliable, and excellent leader who makes herself available to collaborate and help her teammates. Ms. Schrimsher is a teacher students look up to and return to, even when they are no longer in her classes.

No School Unused Snow Make-Up Day March 22

All SHSD schools are closed on Friday, March 22, due to an unused snow make-up day. The District Office will remain open with normal business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Women's History Month

SHSD is proud to celebrate March as Women's History Month - commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

Employee Spotlight Sabine Sickles February 2024

SHSD loves to acknowledge the exceptional work of our staff, whose dedication creates caring and safe environments for our students. Each month, we will shine a spotlight on individual staff members who go above and beyond in their care for our students, families, and staff.

At this week's school board meeting Sabine Sickles, the District’s Network and Server technician, was recognized. Sabine goes above and beyond to ensure students and staff have a positive experience using technology. Beyond routine troubleshooting, Sabine employs creative and resourceful problem-solving techniques to address complex issues. She diligently works behind the scenes to ensure our network is safe and accessible. In addition to her role in the daily operations of the district's IT infrastructure, Sabine is in the schools working directly with students and staff members addressing any tech needs. We extend our deepest gratitude for her exceptional service to our schools!

SHSD Employee Spotlight Trina McJunkins February 2024

SHSD loves to acknowledge the exceptional work of our staff, whose dedication creates caring and safe environments for our students. Each month, we will shine a spotlight on individual staff members who go above and beyond in their care for our students, families, and staff.

At this week's school board meeting, Trina McJunkins was recognized as an exceptional special education teacher and athletic coach at Pioneer Middle School. Trina has been a tremendous leader and her work on behalf of students and families has been exemplary and deserving of special recognition. When faced with a challenge, Trina has provided her passion, compassion, creativity, and collaboration to help better meet student needs. She is so effective in her role because she possesses high levels of empathy and understanding, and creates a supportive and inclusive environment where students feel valued and understood. The staff and students of Pioneer Middle School are thankful for Trina!

Celebrate Black History Month February

SHSD is proud to celebrate February as Black History Month. It is a special tribute – a time of acknowledgement, of reflection, and of inspiration. It is a time for celebrating the achievements of African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

kindergarten enrollment is open for the 2024-25 school year

Kindergarten enrollment for the 2024-25 school year is open!

If your child will be 5 by August 31, 2024, now is the time to enroll them in kindergarten. Your early enrollment helps us plan for the school year and ensures you receive communications from us throughout the spring and summer.

Enrollment can be easily completed online. Check out our website for more info: www.steilacoom.k12.wa.us/enrollment

If you have additional questions, our Enrollment Department is always available to help! You can reach them at enrollment@steilacoom.k12.wa.us

SHS high school & beyond February 7 6-8pm

SHS High School and Beyond Night
February 7, 2024
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Steilacoom High School

For all parents and all students attending SHS in the fall of 2024.

Learn more about:

  • Dual enrollment - including our *new* college in the high school option, AP, Running Start, and PCSC
  • Clubs
  • Athletics
  • College
  • Tech School
  • Armed Forces
Half-Day January 26 Semester Prep

Reminder - All SHSD schools are on a half-day schedule on January 26 for semester prep.

Half-Day release times for each SHSD school are as follows:
Steilacoom High School - 11:05 am
Pioneer Middle School - 11:40 am
Anderson Island Elementary School - 11:30 am
Saltar's Point Elementary School - 12:10 pm
Cherrydale Primary School - 12:35 pm
Chloe Clark Elementary School - 12:35 pm

Tina Ridge January SHSD Employee Spotlight

SHSD loves to acknowledge the exceptional work of our school teams, whose dedication creates caring and safe environments for our students. Each month, we will shine a spotlight on an individual staff member who goes above and beyond in their care for our students, families, and staff.

At this week's school board meeting, Tina Ridge, a third grade teacher at Cherrydale Primary School, was recognized for her experience, leadership, and care. Ms. Ridge has done an exemplary job teaching her 3rd grade students, and she is also an invaluable leader and mentor. She is an integral part of the Cherrydale team and the district!

SHS Principal Appointment

Steilacoom Historical School District is thrilled to share that, after agreeing to serve in the role of interim principal, Mr. Jake Tyrrell has been appointed as Steilacoom High School Principal. The Board of Directors approved this personnel change at their January 17 regular board meeting.

This well-deserved appointment is a testament to Mr. Tyrrell’s leadership skills, clear vision, and dedication to the school community. 

The district looks forward to the continued success of Steilacoom High School under the guidance and leadership of Mr. Tyrrell.

SHSD Celebrates School Board Recognition Month

The month of January marks the observance of School Board Recognition Month. This is an opportunity to show our year-round appreciation for our elected leaders who are key to building the future of public education. As a crucial bridge between the local community and school district, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. Their commitment to service and public education affects the present and future lives of our students and our communities.

SHSD Holiday Concerts with music notes graphic

December 5
Pioneer Middle School Winter Band Concert
6:30 p.m. 
Pioneer Middle School

December 12
Steilacoom High School Winter Choir Concert
7:00 p.m.
Steilacoom High School Main Gym

December 14
Steilacoom High School Winter Band Concert
7:00 p.m.
Steilacoom High School Main Gym

December 18
Saltar's Point Winter Concert
6:30 p.m.
Steilacoom High School

December 19
Pioneer Middle School Winter Choir Concert
6:30 p.m.
Pioneer Middle School

 

Thank you, voters! The best education for every student

Thank you, SHSD community, for supporting our students! Your support of the Capital Projects Levy ensures we can continue to provide the best education for every student!

2023 Capital Projects Levy Informational Webinars

If you would like additional information about the district's 2023 Capital Projects Levy proposal, please join us for one of two virtual informational meetings hosted by the district on October 17 and November 1.  Both meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. and Zoom login information can be found on the district's website at https://steilacoomk12waus.finalsite.com/who-we-are/departments/financial-services/shsd-2023-levy-information/levy-informational-meetings

Helpful information about the levy proposal, including an FAQ section, is also available on our website at https://steilacoomk12waus.finalsite.com/who-we-are/departments/financial-services/shsd-2023-levy-information.

ACE Day 1-hour early release every Wednesday

Don't forget - all students are released 1 hour early on ACE Wednesdays!

SHSD 2023 Capital Projects Levy "Forward Together" with photo of Steilacoom High School students

The Steilacoom Historical School District Capital Projects Levy Proposition would support the renovation, expansion and improvement of school facilities, and provide funding for safety and technology improvements to meet the current and future needs of District students. The anticipated property tax rate connected to the new levy will be less than the current general obligation bond rate that is expiring. 

You can find more information including FAQs on our 2023 Capital Projects Levy page.

US News & World Report Best High Schools 2023-24 Logo

U.S. News and World Report recently named Steilacoom High School to their “Best High Schools 2023” list. The school also received this honor in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.  Steilacoom High School is ranked 37th out of 754 public high schools in the state of Washington.  High schools around the nation were ranked on the following indicators of school quality:  college readiness, college curriculum breadth, state assessment proficiency, state assessment performance, and graduation rate.

School Meal Benefits with apple graphic

A reminder from our Food Services team:

Applications for Free and Reduced Lunch are available now in Skyward Family Access.

Once approved, your eligibility entitles your student to one free/reduced breakfast and lunch each day. Any items over the first meal will be charged at the a la carte rate.

We encourage all eligible families to apply in the Food Services tab in Skyward, as an approval can provide additional benefits such as waived extracurricular ASB activity fees and AP testing fees.

SHSD August 16 Regular Board Meeting Canceled

The August 16, 2023 regular meeting of the Steilacoom Historical School District Board of Directors is canceled due to the lack of a quorum.  The Board of Directors intends to hold a special meeting in August to conduct business and take public comment. Notice of the special meeting will be provided in accordance with state law, including posting the notice on the district website.

SHS New Student Orientation August 23

Steilacoom High School's New Student Orientation is on August 23, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

This orientation is for new students and families in grades 9-12.

Sentinel Day August 22

Sentinel Day is August 22, 2023, with the following schedule:

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Seniors
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Juniors
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Sophomores
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. - Freshmen

Sentinel Day is a time for SHS students to have their yearbook photo taken and sign up for clubs.

Please see flyer for picture information and ordering.

Summer Hours

Steilacoom High School's office will be open through June 23.  The office will be closed from June 26 - August 7, reopening on August 8.

The SHS Counseling Office will reopen on August 18.

Student records are housed at the school, and all records requests received during the summer will be processed when the school reopens in August.  Special Education records requests can be sent to studentservices@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.
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Sentinel Day will be August 22, with the following schedule:
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Seniors
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Juniors
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Sophomores
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. - Freshmen
Sentinel Day is a time for students to have their school photo taken, and to sign up for clubs.

New Student Orientation (for new students and families in grades 9-12) will be August 23 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

During the summer, you can pay any fines and obtain diplomas and transcripts at the District Office at 511 Chambers Street, Steilacoom, WA.
For enrollment questions, please contact our Enrollment Department at 253-983-2228 or  enrollment@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.
For any other questions, please contact the District Office at 253-983-2200 or info@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.

Have a wonderful summer! 

Summer Hours

Pioneer Middle School's office will be open through June 22.  The office will be closed from June 23 - August 9, reopening on August 10. 

School supply listsschool year calendar, and other information for 2023-24 can be found on our school's website.

Student records are housed at the school, and all records requests received during the summer will be processed when the school reopens in August.  Special Education records requests can be sent to studentservices@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.

For enrollment, withdrawal, or waiver questions, please contact the District Office Enrollment Department at 253-983-2228 or enrollment@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.

For all other questions, please contact 253-983-2200 or info@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.

Have a wonderful summer! 

Summer Hours

Saltar's Point Elementary School's office will be open through June 20.  The office will be closed from June 21 - August 18, reopening on August 21. 

School supply listsschool year calendar, and other information for 2023-24 can be found on our school's website.

Student records are housed at the school, and all records requests received during the summer will be processed when the school reopens in August.  Special Education records requests can be sent to studentservices@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.

For enrollment, withdrawal, or waiver questions, please contact the District Office Enrollment Department at 253-983-2228 or enrollment@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.

For all other questions, please contact 253-983-2200 or info@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.

Have a wonderful summer! 

Summer Hours

Chloe Clark Elementary School's office will be open through June 21.  The office will be closed from June 22 - August 18, reopening on August 21. 

School supply lists, school year calendar, and other information for 2023-24 can be found on our school's website.

Student records are housed at the school, and all records requests received during the summer will be processed when the school reopens in August.  Special Education records requests can be sent to studentservices@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.

For enrollment, withdrawal, or waiver questions, please contact the District Office Enrollment Department at 253-983-2228 or enrollment@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.

For all other questions, please contact 253-983-2200 or info@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.

Have a wonderful summer! 

Cherrydale Primary School Summer Office Hours

Cherrydale Primary School's office will be open through June 22.  The office will be closed from June 23 - August 18, reopening on August 21. 

School supply lists, school year calendar, and other information for 2023-24 can be found on our school's website.

Student records are housed at the school, and all records requests received during the summer will be processed when the school reopens in August.  Special Education records requests can be sent to studentservices@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.

For enrollment, withdrawal, or waiver questions, please contact the District Office Enrollment Department at 253-983-2228 or enrollment@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.

For all other questions, please contact 253-983-2200 or info@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.

Have a wonderful summer! 

Anderson Island Elementary Office Summer Hours

Anderson Island Elementary School's office will be open through June 23.  The office will be closed from June 26 - August 18, reopening on August 21. 

School supply lists, school year calendar, and other information for 2023-24 can be found on our school's website.

Student records are housed at the school, and all records requests received during the summer will be processed when the school reopens in August.  Special Education records requests can be sent to studentservices@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.

For enrollment, withdrawal, or waiver questions, please contact the District Office Enrollment Department at 253-983-2228 or enrollment@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.

For all other questions, please contact 253-983-2200 or info@steilacoom.k12.wa.us.

Have a wonderful summer! 

USDA summer meals for kids

Find a Summer Meal Site Near You!

The annual Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides children in lower-income areas with nutritious meals during the summer. Good nutrition is essential for effective learning every day, all year long. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition.

Summer meal programs help children aged 18 and under get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow during the summer. This federally-funded program is sponsored by many organizations throughout our state, including schools, nonprofit organizations, local governments, tribes, and more.

To find a Summer Meals site near you, please use a Summer Meals Locator. https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids
The National Hunger Hotline can be reached at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273), for Spanish, from Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET.
Or text School Meals to 914-342-7744

For more information, please contact the Child Nutrition Services department within the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction at 360–725–6200 or email summermeals@k12.wa.us.

Pioneer Back to School Open House Tuesday, August 29

6th Grade - 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

7th & 8th Grades - 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Pioneer Back to School Open House

Pioneer Middle School

6th Grade Students - 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

7th and 8th Grade Students - 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

2023-24 Budget Development with budget/dollar sign graphic

SHSD is in the process of developing our 2023-24 school year budget. We want to be transparent with our staff, families, and community. We want all stakeholders to be informed of our budget decisions, and the reasons behind those decisions. Please visit our 2023-24 Budget page on our website often to keep informed of the process, and please never hesitate to reach out to us at info@steilacoom.k12.wa.us if you have any questions.

steilacoom historical school district day of champions may 25, 2023

Steilacoom High School
May 25, 2023

Day of Champions is a non-competitive track and field meet. This is an opportunity for our student athletes with disabilities to compete in various events, and to be recognized for their efforts.

At this event, EVERYONE IS A CHAMPION!

STEILACOOM HIGH SCHOOL
May 25, 2023

Half-day last day of school Friday, June 16

Half-Day release times for each SHSD school are as follows:

Steilacoom High School 11:05 am
Pioneer Middle School 11:40 am
Anderson Island Elementary School 11:30 am
Saltar's Point Elementary School 12:10 pm
Cherrydale Primary School 12:35 pm
Chloe Clark Elementary School 12:35 pm
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