Superintendent's Newsletter, September 24, 2020

 To:     Bennie Polvos, Wayne van Zwoll, Matt West, Tracy Zahn, Maggie Ochoa

From:  Scott Sattler

CC:     Eddie Morales, Tami Jackson, Diane Hull, Mario Martinez, Jesse Macy, Shawna Weiding

            Hanna Coffman, all staff.

Date:  9/24/20

Re:      Supt. Report

Strategic Plan Improvement Goals

  1. Ensure a school culture where every student is respected, safe, academically challenged and engaged.

  2. Ensure rigorous and relevant learning opportunities.

  3. Ensure high quality and effective personnel in all positions.

  4. Ensure strong partnerships with students, families, and community.

  5. Ensure district resources support the strategic plan.

District items of interest:

The next regularly scheduled school board meeting is September 28, 2020    6:00 pm, ZOOM or MS Cafeteria.

Enrollment on count day = 756.  This is very low considering our budget was built on 750 students and that last year on this day we had 793.

Ensure a school culture where every student is respected, safe, academically challenged and engaged:

The devastating Pearl Hill fire has been challenging for many and it is sometimes tough to answer the question, how can we help?  The district is accepting donations from those wanting to help our students and that money is put directly in to InvestEd.  InvestEd then matches donation up to $500 per school building.  The money can then be distributed to students that have specific needs, it is tracked, by student, so there is a record of how the money was spent, and it allows our principals to help immediately when there is a need. 

During the fire the High School was turned in to a Fire Camp for firefighters and PUD.  The National Forest Service out of Oregon set up camp for 300 firefighters.  AT&T set up a portable cell tower in the parking lot and the P.U.D. was in and out as they worked around the clock to restore power to the community.  The 4-square church became a donation center and many other agencies embarked on the community to provide assistance. 

Ensure rigorous and relevant learning opportunities:

Currently we are in a remote learning environment based on the incidence of COVID 19 in our county (Douglas).  You may have seen that Okanogan County will begin some form of in person hybrid teaching model in the next few weeks….that is because Okanogan Health District has approved Okanogan County Schools to do so.  Douglas County has not approved due to the higher rates in East Wenatchee.  Bridgeport is in Douglas County but our numbers resemble Okanogan County.  A plan to re-open in a hybrid model is coming soon so we can get back to some type of face to face learning while maintaining safety protocols. 

Ensure high quality and effective personnel in all positions

Our food service continues to serve Breakfast and Lunch to all kids 0-18 in our community.  This is accomplished through pick up at the school and bus route delivery. 

Ensure strong partnerships with students, families, and community:

Starting in October the district will begin building a new 3 year strategic plan.  A committee has been formed and the two month process will look for board approval in December.

Ensure district resources support the strategic plan

The school farm burned.   The pig barn is a total loss along with other small outbuildings, the irrigation system, and fence lines.  We will begin the process to replace what was lost. 

 

Upcoming Events     

09/28/2020      6 pm    School Board Meeting          MS cafeteria or ZOOM