School Conversation and Coffee, Saturday Feb 22 8:30 to 11:30

I’ll be at the Poulsbohemian coffee house in Poulsbo on Saturday, Feb 22 from 8;30 to 11;30.  I’m interested in hearing about ways schools can best engage parents.  The district is asking for board approval to request a waiver of no more than 5 days  (from 180 days) for parent teacher conferences from the State Board of Education.  The waiver requires articulating how the conferences contribute to student achievement.  I’m wondering what parents and teachers think.  Is 15-20 minutes one-on-one with your student’s teacher worth the loss of two days of instruction?  How can the goal of parent engagement be better accomplished?

Talk with NK Staff: Express Your Values

Voters have approved the M&O school levy by a simple check of the yes box on the ballot. Now use your feet to bring your voice to advocate for your values and help set budget priorities.
The district is hosting its second Community Budget Forum on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 7:00pm-8:00pm at the North Kitsap High School Commons, 1780 NE Hostmark Street, Poulsbo.

Your Voice is Needed to Set Priorities

The North Kitsap School District is requesting input from our community for the 2014-15 Operating Budget through an online survey. Public feedback is a vital part of the budget development process. The survey asks for input in the areas of Basic Education, Special Programs, Instructional Programs, and Enhancing/Restoring funding.

Explanation of survey areas:

•Basic Education on the survey are the areas of funding that are expected to come to schools from the state to amply fund education by 2108. They are Transportation, Class Size Reduction, All Day Kindergarten, and Materials, Supplies and Operating Costs.

•Special Programs include both State/Federally mandated programs (example: Special Education), and programs that may be set up within a school district or school. Examples include: Dual Language Program – all classes are taught within the program. Options – classes are taught within the program. Highly Capable (AGATE) Program – subjects are taught within the program.

•Instructional Programs are the courses taught. Examples include music classes, foreign language classes, advanced placement classes.

•Enhancing/Restoring Funding identifies areas – not programs or classes – where funding has be reduced or eliminated over the past several years.

Here is the link: http://www.nkschools.org/budgetsurvey2014

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and will be open through 6:00pm Friday, February 21, 2014.

If you do not have internet access and need a paper copy of the survey, please contact Community Relations at (360) 396-3004.

Sunday, February 9th Meet me for Coffee 12:30 to 2:30

I’ll be contemplating the priorites for NK School District and looking over items from next Thursday’s Board Meeting agenda and would like company to enrich the analysis.  Join me at the Poulsbohemian.  I’ll be there from 12:30 to 2:30 on Sunday, February 9th.  Last Saturday, we discussed importance of all day kindergarten, state legislation on CTE equivalencies, and eliminating the culminating project as a graduation requirement.  Several of us also stepped out afterwards and knocked on doors in Poulsbo to talk about the upcoming levy vote.  Vote Yes for NK Kids!