Upcoming

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    New staff member K-6 
     
    Click here to read the superintendent's welcome to our new K-6 staff member.

     
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  • March Menus 
     
    Click here for our March Breakfast menu and here for our Lunch menu. Delectable! 

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    Enjoy browsing a few photos of our campus and some of the positive postings in our buildings.
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From the Principal

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    Dear Acorn Families,
     
    SPRING (TESTING)
    It feels like spring; March is already a month of drought (by meteorologist standards); the ski slopes seem to be taking a break this year. Here at school we are following existing and new trends. March and April are typical months for state testing, and this year is no exception - with the exception of the tests themselves. WA State is part of the Smarter Balanced Consortium, which has developed tests that replace the state testing in grades 3-8 and high school. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn supports the new testing, which is more representative of the skills students need to be successful in out-of-school situations and environments, and which is more consistent with identical and similar assessments across the nation, so that state-mandated assessments are no longer state-dependent. 
     
    SMARTER BALANCED INFORMATION 
    Below are a few links to online Smarter Balanced information posted by OSPI. I hope you will find the information useful. Feel free to call the school with any questions you may have. Ms. Willa Corbus is our assessment coordinator; she will be more than happy to answer those questions. The school may also hold information meetings; we will keep you posted of the dates.
     
     
    CONFERENCES 
    (Student-led) conferences take place in the week of March 23. Elementary appointments go through the classroom teacher; secondary appointments are scheduled by the students themselves., which is part of the ownership we want students to take of their own learning and pathway to graduation.
     
    GRADING PRACTICES 
    On March 27 our staff will be in a professional development workshop from noon - 6 PM. The main topic of the workshop is Grading Smarter; Not HarderWe will discuss research-based best grading practices and align our practices with what we collectively believe to be in the best interest for our students and their readiness for (college) careers, apprenticeships, etc. 
     
    NEW K-6 STAFF MEMBER 
    At the elementary level we welcome a new staff member: Ms. Judith Mosby. Ms. Mosby comes to our district with an emphasis in K-12 Education and Early Learning. Her endorsements include Early Learning Birth Pre-K, Special Education K-12, Elementary Education K-8, and Principal. Judith has recently worked for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction as Washington State’s English and Language Arts Program Manager. The hiring of Ms. Mosby evidences the district's concerted efforts to meet the needs as laid out in our School Improvement Plan.
     
    SPRING SPORTS 
    Spring sports practice is well under way and is enjoying the mostly favorable weather conditions. Our game schedules are accessible through Schedule Star; click here for high school and here for middle school.
     
    ATTENDANCE 
    Good attendance contributes in a big way to a student's success in school; it is not just important for our student athletes' eligibility. I would say that good attendance makes students academically eligible. Please help your student be in school every day and arrive on time. Our instructional time is driven by our bell schedule; our teachers utilize that time with their students from bell to bell. Missing instructional time; time to do cooperative learning, critical thinking, learning by doing; all these opportunities are important in the scheme of how we teach accountability and responsibility.
     
    CLASSIFIED STAFF 
    This past week was Classified Staff Week; all of our Educational Aides and other support staff (kitchen; transportation; custodial) received much deserved accolades for the essential work they do to make our school district a safe and welcoming place to commune.
     
    VOLUNTEERING 
    As always, please feel free to visit our schools when you can; we want you to feel part of our educational community. Volunteering is always an option! You can see either Ms. Anna Hoxie or Ms. Lesley Gillie, our respective secondary and elementary secretaries for the required volunteer paperwork.
     
    In educational partnership,
     
     
    Caspar van Haalen
     
    Principal 
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Teaching and Learning

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    Sports 
     
    Sports schedules and scores can be accessed through Schedule Star

     
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  • The Thirty Million Word Gap
     
    A child’s early language environment plays a critical role in his or her listening and spoken language development. For children born into poverty, there is a well-documented inequity in their early language experience. By age four, disadvantaged children have heard approximately thirty million fewer words than their more affluent counterparts. These differences in parent-child interactions produce significant discrepancies in not only children’s knowledge, but also their skills and experiences with children from high-income families. Independent studies show that these differences in language and interaction experiences have lasting effects on a child’s performance later in life. Read about the importance of a language-rich environment for your children here and here

     
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  • Counseling website 
     
    Ms. Brown, our Guidance Counselor, recently launched her Counseling website. Click here to check it out. It is awesome!

     
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  • Gear up 
     Gear Up

    The Oakville District is proud to claim ties with Washington State's Gear Up college preparedness program. From the Gear Up site: 
    For more information, please contact Mr. Larry Crowley, Oakville's Gear Up liaison.  


     
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  • Student Insurance
     
    Is your child covered by a high-deductible employer plan? If you have to pay hundreds, or even thousands of dollars in order to meet your deductible, the K-12 Accident insurance plan can reimburse you for your children's eligible medical expenses as you continue to work toward meeting the deductible on your employer plan. Click here to find out more.

     
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  • Supplemental Education Services (SES)
     
    Click here to access OSPI's information about Supplemental Education Services the Oakville District offers under the Title I, Part A, law to help satisfy one of the school improvement requirements. Click here to see Oakville's information.

     
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