Friday Update

New School Update -

 An update from Mr. McCracken regarding the move into the new school:  Projected Timeline – Updated. **The following dates and activities are subject to change.

Friday, October 22, 2021: Substantial Completion. This means the building is ours!

Monday, November 8th: Begin moving into the building. This date may be sooner. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 10th: PLCs in the new building!

Friday, November 19th: Boxes packed and in hallway for maintenance to deliver to new site.

November 22 (Week of): Boxes will be moved to your classroom.

**Sometime in late November or Early December, we are planning to take grade levels over to the new building. Details to come.

Wednesday, December 1, 8, & 15: Staff will use early release time to be used at new building

Thursday, December 16: Community Open House

December 20 & 21: Classrooms open to teachers (8:00-4:00)

January 1 & 2, 2022: Classrooms open to teachers (12:00-2:00)

Monday, January 3, 2022: Students and staff to begin the day at the original Harrah Elementary and participate in a ceremonial transition to the new building (details to come).

Got Questions? Ideas? Suggestions?

You HAVE TO have a million questions! Send your thoughts, questions, and suggestions to me and I'll answer them in a future construction update.

MASD District Literacy Night – The Mt. Adams District Literacy Night was Wednesday, October 27, from 5:30-7 p.m.  Participants were able to join at 5 p.m. for an orientation to the evening's events.  Noemi Barbosa was the emcee and Mr. Gerry Muller worked his magic with all technological needs moving people around the different breakout rooms for the event. Teachers received two hours of community contact time for participating in this activity

Volunteers needed for the BIG MOVE – Mr. McCracken is taking names of community members interested in helping with the move to the new school.  Individuals with a willing heart and some with strong backs, are more than welcome to contact Harrah and sign up to help move teachers and staff as we get ready for students first day in the New School on January 3, 2022.  This is a community effort and we look forward with those willing and able to help!

Balanced Calendar Information is on the MASD Web Page – There is a special red button under the main picture slideshow on the homepage that will take the reader to Balanced Calendar information for Mt. Adams. As you may remember, Dr. Julie Schillreff is leading this investigative effort for our district and working with Jon Scott to make sure that all of the information is provided to the staff and community.  Currently, the slideshow and information are in both English and Spanish.  We will continue to add content to it as it is generated. 

Parent and Student Data on culture and climate will be coming to MASD – Mrs. Jarnecke is working with our online culture and climate survey vendor to provide surveys from Satchel Pulse to parents and students to help monitor and improve school culture and climate within the District.  Parents will receive a link to participate through an automated call and/or text and students will receive an invitation through their email.  Students in Grades 4-12 will be invited to participate.  Once we have the link for parents, teachers could also provide it through Remind and/or their Google Classrooms.  Information about the surveys will be posted on the website and Facebook soon.  The survey will query parents on the pillars of Communication, My child's learning, My child's safety, My child's well-being, School culture, School Environment, School Leadership, and the Teaching staff.  The student pillars will be Health and well-being, I like school, My education, My school, Relationships with students, Relationships with teachers, Reward and recognition, and School culture.

Winter Athletics will begin soon with some regulation from WIAA - As part of the WIAA requirements for winter athletics student-athletes must be vaccinated or be given a rapid response COVID test within 24 hours of each contest. Mr. Newhouse, our new White Swan Campus Athletic Director is working on a procedure that will include training the District Certified Nursing Assistant's on administering the test. We also have to report the results to the state and any school we will be visiting using a program called SimpleReport.

Senior Athletes Celebrated this month – The Senior Night is a special tradition in the Mt. Adams School District.  Athletes in all three Fall sports were recognized with balloons, candy, signs, shirts, and best of all family… a lot of family!  It is so nice each season, year after year, that family members of all ages come out to celebrate life and join the ceremony to support our youth.  I know of no other District that has the type of family and community support shown by the Mt. Adams Community.  Best wishes to all of our student athletes and thank you parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles, and siblings for your relentless support of our Mighty Cougars!

Raffles are Not Allowed at Mt. Adams School DistrictRaffles are Not Allowed at Mt. Adams School District – There are several policies including MASD Board Policy numbers 4237, 4260, 3530 and 6102 which disallow raffles without the express consent and approval of the superintendent.  In addition, the Washington State Gambling Commission prohibits raffles by private citizens. If an administrator sees a raffle in progress, it will be stopped immediately and the person will be required to return all of the money to the individuals if any may have been generated.  Thank you for compliance with this directive.  Failure to comply will put the individual, the club, the school, and the district at risk.