4/5/6 Highly Capable Program information

If your student will be in the 4th through 6th grade next year and you are interested in your student participating in the 4/5/6 Elementary Highly Capable Program, the following dates and information are very important. Information about the Middle School Honors program will be available in January.

 

Application packets for the 4/5/6 program are available at all elementary schools, online and at the district office. You may also download an application packet by clicking here. The completed application packet is due Friday, February 6, 2015 and can be turned in at your local school or the Snohomish School district office.

 

A Parent Information Night will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the district's Resource and Service Center (1601 Avenue D in Snohomish). If you have questions please contact Linda Varner, the Highly Capable Specialist at linda.varner@sno.wednet.edu or (360) 563-7296. Additional information can also be found by clicking here.

School safety update - December 2014

In late October, we sent home a communication letting our community know about our district’s safety efforts. The safety of students in Snohomish is our highest priority, and we want to provide you with this update of our activities.

 

We have a district committee comprised of public safety officers, administration, principals and parents who meet on a regular basis to discuss ways we can improve safety in our schools. This committee has recently established a comprehensive approach that reaffirms our district’s seven (7) key safety strategies. We are working closely with each of our schools and principals to work through the implementation details of each strategy as it pertains to individual schools:

  • Strategy 1: Know who is in the building at all times.
  • Strategy 2: Control and supervise all visitor access into the building.
  • Strategy 3: Secure building perimeters from intrusion.
  • Strategy 4: All staff should receive ongoing active shooter/intruder training.
  • Strategy 5: Participate in regular drills.
  • Strategy 6: Establish internal and external communication plans.
  • Strategy 7: Identify places of safe refuge and establish a reunification plan.

We have developed close relationships with police, fire and health agencies, as well as local FEMA, who keep us informed of potential emergency situations so that we can take appropriate measures. Police and fire departments have details about each of our school buildings that would be useful should they need to respond to an emergency. In addition, we are working with local law enforcement to train our building administrators about what to do in the event of a disaster.

 

We want you to be aware that we have made a commitment with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office to add 2 School Resource Officers (SRO) to our staff. We expect these SROs to be hired and trained by early/mid 2015. One will be based at Snohomish High School and the other Glacier Peak High School. In addition to the two high schools, these officers will work closely with the feeder schools serving each.

 

Our schools regularly practice lockdown and a variety of safety drills (intruder, earthquake, fire, etc.) in preparation for emergencies. Talk to your child about the kinds of drills and the reason for them. Remind children the importance of staying calm and following instructions. It’s also a good idea to reinforce these lessons at home by preparing your family for emergencies.

 

We have updated our visitor procedure at our buildings. Visitors on campus must check in and check out with the Main Office of the school. This is meant to ensure that in the unlikely event there is a safety concern the Main Office staff in each building can quickly identify who is or is not on campus. Our Watch DOGS volunteers also play a critical role serving as an unobtrusive, reassuring presence and as positive male role models for children at school.

 

During an emergency situation, school and district officials must act quickly - under the direction of law enforcement and first responders - and follow established protocols to safeguard students, secure schools and communicate accurate information in a timely manner. With School Messenger, our district’s automated dialing system, we will keep parents informed of any emergency that should arise. Parents will receive an automated phone call and email alerting them about the emergency. They will also receive follow-up messages. Information will also be shared on the district website and the district’s Facebook page as appropriate.

 

As difficult as it may be, please try to avoid contacting your child during an emergency. Depending on the situation, this can further compromise their safety, overload cell systems, hamper the ability of first responders and cause delays in releasing official, accurate information. Please keep your phone lines open and do not immediately drive to the school (unless directed to do so). Roads, schools and buildings must be clear for first responders.

 

Open communication between home and school is critical to the safety and well-being of our students and your children. Be observant and let us know if you see or hear something that makes you feel uncomfortable, nervous or frightened. Please contact us if you have a concern or question about school policies or your child’s safety.

 

Parents should make sure their child’s school has accurate contact information so they can be reached in case of emergency. Keep the information current by notifying school office staff of any changes as soon as they occur. Multiple contact sources are helpful, including cell, home and work telephone numbers and email addresses. Local emergency contacts should be provided in the event you cannot be reached.

 

We will continue to communicate with you throughout the year as we develop more specific safety plans at each of our schools. As always, please feel free to reach out to your child’s principal if you have any questions or concerns in the meantime.

Are you ready for winter?

Are you prepared for winter? The Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management suggests that you should expect the worst and be prepared. Stock up on extra food, medicine and other high-demand consumables; keep gutters, drains and ditches free of leaves and debris; trim deadwood branches from trees and get yourself a good snow shovel.

 

Below are important district links and information to help you prepare. We encourage you to print out and familiarize yourself with this important information:

Please note:

  • The times and locations on the limited transportation pdfs reflect normal pick up times - please add 2 hours if there is a two-hour school delay.
  • If routes operate on limited transportation, those routes will be in effect for both the morning and afternoon, even if roads have cleared during the day.
  • There may be a situation in which there is no two-hour delay and buses are operating on limited transportation routes. In these cases, schools will start at normal times.

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Our Mission: The Snohomish School District, in its commitment to excellence, places the success of each student at the center of all decisions and actions. Partnerships and strong academic programs ensure competent, responsible, lifelong learners.

 

The  Snohomish School District #201 does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. 

 

Special thanks to Snohomish community member Todd Elvig for providing the photos in the banner above.