National School Bus Safety Week
October 17th-21st is National School Bus Safety Week. We are pleased to be transporting your child to and from school this year. We are very proud of the safety record of our school buses and the professionalism of our transportation team. Please help us ensure your child's continued safety by following these simple, but important, procedures:
- Provide your child with a backpack or book bag. Loose papers or other items are dangerous as children get off the bus.
- Check your child's clothing for the presence of long drawgstrings or other dangling items. Long drawstings or other dangling items could get snagged in the bus door as the child gets off the bus, and should be removed from clothing.
- Make sure your child arrives at the designated bus stop five minutes early each day. Children who are late for the bus may panic and chase it, or run into the road.
- Insist that your child wait for the bus safely in an orderly fashion, back from the roadway. Behavior problems at the bus stop can create hazardous conditions for children.
- When the bus arrives, your child should wait for the driver's signal before boarding. Children should board in single file.
- Teach your child to sit quietly while on the busl. Behavior problems could distract the bus driver and result in an accident. It is important that our drivers are able to concentrate on driving the route safely.
- SLOW DOWN IN SCHOOL ZONES! Most children think of school as their second home, a place where they feel safe. Youngsters may be inattentive as they cross the street to enter or exit a bus. We would like to remind motorists to use extreme caution when driving in school zones. Watch for children, slow down and pay close attention to school bus traffic.
- LIGHT THE WAY! Any motorist knows that a yellow traffic light means prepare to stop if possible and a red light means stop. School bus warning lights mean the same thing. Flashing yellow lights mean CAUTION, the bus is preparing to stop. Flashing red lights mean STOP, school children are boarding or leaving the bus. It is a traffic violation to drive past a stopped school bus when the red lights are flashing and the "STOP" arm is out.
Please join us in thanking our transportation team, Cindy Henry, Eugene Clark, Misty Conley and Rikki Sisk, for the wonderful care they take in making sure your child's journeys are safe ones.
Parents and Community Members,
The month of October is "Disability History and Awareness Month." Oakville School District is proud to promote the awareness of the contributions of individuals with disabilities.
One out of every five Americans is an individual with a disability. A person may be born with a disability or may acquire a disability through an accident or illness. A person may also acquire a disability simply as a part of growing older.
Despite the fact that disabilities are a natural part of life, people with disabilities have not always had access to equal opportunities. Not until 1975, with the passage of the federal Education for All Handicapped Children Act, did school-aged children with disabilities have a right to a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
We would like your help in raising awareness of the "Diversability" of all persons by sharing this information with your children and other family members as well.
Dorn Announces Finalists for National Award
OLYMPIA — SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 — State Superintendent Randy Dorn today announced that six teachers from Washington have been selected as state-level finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
The state-level finalists are:
- Jana Dean, Jefferson Middle School (Olympia School District)
- Tricia Hukee, Daffodil Valley Elementary (Sumner)
- Kimberly Astle, Fishers Landing Elementary (Vancouver)
- Julie Fry, Roosevelt Elementary (Yakima)
- Veronique Paquette, Kenroy Elementary (Eastmont)
- Kitten Vaa, Brighton School (Private school, Mountlake Terrace)
The finalists were selected this past summer by a statewide selection committee comprised of content area experts and award-winning teachers.
“If we want to nurture tomorrow’s innovators, we have to begin by lighting that spark of curiosity in our youngest students,” Dorn said. “Beginning in kindergarten, our kids need to learn how to use logic, numbers, observation, experimentation to figure things out. They need to know that they have the power to solve real-world problems.
“Teachers like Jana, Tricia, Kimberly, Julie, Veronique, and Kitten are kindling that curiosity every day in their classrooms. We’re so lucky to have them teaching here in Washington and helping to create that next generation of innovators.”
The national PAEMST program typically announces national award recipients in the spring. State-level finalists are recognized by regional and state math and science associations and invited to several annual state events for award winning educators.
About the award
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest honor for a K-12 mathematics or science teacher. Awards are given annually to teachers from each of the 50 states four U.S. jurisdictions (Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Department of Defense Schools; and the U.S. territories as a group: American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). To be considered for the PAEMST, teachers must be nominated and complete a comprehensive application. A state selection committee reviews completed applications and may forward up to five nominations from each discipline to the national program for consideration. According to the PAEMST Web site, “Teachers are recognized for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science.”