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As we quickly approach our first day of our return to distance learning on September 8th, I understand that many families may be experiencing anxiety about what to expect and how to manage all the different aspects of their lives as a result of this COVID-19 pandemic. I want you to know that we are here to support our students, staff and families through these challenging times.
As we prepare for a beginning like no other I have seen in the past, our focus will be to provide an enhanced distance learning experience that focuses on increased student engagement while providing increased support for our families. Our goal is to make sure that every child, in every virtual classroom, feels connected, challenged and supported every day.
I continue to be encouraged by the positivity and support we have received from our staff, students, families and community partners as we have embarked on this unique journey. We know that if our schools and families work together as a team, we can virtually accomplish anything!
As we rapidly approach the end of summer break and the start of our 2020-2021 school year, we are faced with the realities that this very unusual year has created for us. As you may know from previous communications, we have been focused on preparing several options for our return to school. Although feedback from staff and families has been used to help shape many aspects of these plans, East Valley School District is required to follow the guidelines set forth by the Yakima County Health District and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in reopening our schools.
Like many things these days during this COVID-19 pandemic, our return to learning will be quite different this year than it has been in previous years. The health and safety of our students and staff remain our top priorities; however, we are equally committed to providing quality education for all of our students. With safety, security, and learning in mind, I’m pleased to share an update on our plans to deliver education this fall.
While the Yakima County Health District has continued to be encouraged by the decline in confirmed cases in our county, they have informed us that we would need to have 63 confirmed cases over the course of two weeks to be considered a low-risk community. With our daily numbers drastically higher than this average, the Yakima County Health District is recommending that East Valley School District and our neighboring districts move forward with distance learning at this time.
Given the guidelines and recommendations by our local health authorities, we will begin the 2020-2021 school year 100% virtual with students engaging in an upgraded fully-remote/distance learning model. This approach to distance learning will be a significantly enhanced version of the approach that we used in the spring of 2020. The district’s vision for this enhanced model of virtual learning will be focused on ensuring higher expectations and accountability for student engagement, while at the same time providing increased supports for families and students. We are prepared to remain in this model until at least October 30th, but are also prepared to transition to traditional in-person instruction if there are significant improvements in the health status of Yakima County.
To allow adequate time for our educators and support staff to collaborate and prepare for this enhanced virtual learning model, we have made the decision to push back our start date. Our first day of school for 2020-2021 will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Due to this delayed start, we will also push back our graduation and release dates. Please see our most current academic calendar online at https://www.evsd90.org/apps/pages/DistrictCalendar
We will continue to communicate updates as we work to finalize our plans over the course of the next few weeks. Community members are invited to join us for one of our upcoming virtual reopening chats on Wednesday, August 19th, to address our reopening plans and answer any questions that you may still have. We will offer two chat sessions; one chat will be held at 9:00 a.m. and the other will take place at 6:00 p.m. Space for each session is limited to 250 attendees. Both sessions will be recorded and available online on our website.
To join us online, click the link or use the phone number below to call in. https://meet.google.com/eji-feht-bbh Dial-in: (US) +1 619-784-8228 PIN: 602 205 725#
Please know that we miss our students and are doing our very best to plan with the goal of resuming face-to-face instruction as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move forward in these unprecedented times. Sincerely,
John Schieche, Superintendent East Valley School District No.90
As the school year closes, we want to thank you once again for all of the hard work you’ve put in these last few months to ensure continuous distance learning was possible for our East Valley students. We know that the uncertainty of what lies ahead for us in the fall can be frustrating to our students, staff and families. We recognize that our schools play a large role as families are scheduling and making arrangements for the year. We also understand that it can be equally frustrating to be given information and then have that information and guidance change after you’ve already begun to make your plans. With that in mind, we wanted to provide you with an update on our reopening planning for fall 2020, based on the guidance we have now and the current state of Yakima County.
Our planning is based on the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s “Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide” and “Reopening Washington Schools Q&A”. We have been, and will continue to work throughout the next couple of months, to address all aspects of this reopening plan. We are also working on contingency plans for various levels of remote learning, should we not be able to return to a traditional setting in the fall. We have been very encouraged by the support of over 500 staff and community members who took our remote learning survey this month. We appreciate your suggestions and want you to know that we are using the feedback from your remote learning experiences this year. Data from this survey will be used throughout the planning process to ensure optimal learning environments for our students and staff that are physically, emotionally, and intellectually safe.
Based on the reopening phase of Yakima County and the Yakima Health District’s requirements for this phase of reopening, we will return in the fall in one of three ways:
· Students return 100% to a traditional in-person, face-to-face instruction model.
· Students participate in a hybrid learning model, including combinations of remote learning and in-person learning.With a hybrid model, only a certain percentage of students would be in the building at a given time, while others work remotely. These groups of students would alternate between remote learning and in-person instruction.
· Students participate in 100% remote learning.
District and school administrators, nursing staff, association leaders and building leaders have been convening virtually to assess needs and develop plans that address health and safety, teaching and learning, social-emotional learning, and the facilities aspects of our reopening plan. We will be continuing to periodically update families and seek your input on our reopening plans throughout the summer.
Based on feedback gathered in our remote learning survey, we feel it is important to highlight a few of the specific mandates from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), which districts and schools are required to follow as a condition of their reopening plan.
1. All students, staff, volunteers and guests must wear face coverings in K-12 settings. Knowing this, we have already begun to acquire face coverings that we will distribute to each of our students and staff members at the start of the year. It would be advisable to try to secure additional face coverings for students to wear throughout the year.
2. Districts will be required to ensure social distancing to the maximum extent feasible. We are in the process of assessing our classroom and school spaces to determine how we will be able to meet these distancing requirements.
3. Students and staff will be required to be screened for signs of illness prior to entry each day. Staff and students with any illness MUST stay home. This means that we will be planning for how to monitor the temperature of each student before entry into our buildings. Students with a temperature above 100.4°F will not be allowed admittance. Families should plan to monitor students’ health and wellness. Students with symptoms, per CDC Guidance, within 72 hours must not attend school.
Please know that we miss our students and staff are doing our very best to plan with the goal of resuming face-to-face instruction as soon as possible, knowing that we must meet the requirements of the Yakima Health District as we reopen our schools. We plan to update families with a more in-depth reopening plan in mid-August.
We wish you and your family a happy, safe, and restful summer!
As you know this week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Along with our state and country, we are pleased to take this opportunity to celebrate all that you do for our students, schools and community throughout the year.
We know that this year has been challenging, that you have been pushed to limits we never could have imagined, and that you have been asked to get out of your comfort zones in so many ways. In every tough situation, there is a silver lining. For me, the silver lining in all of this is seeing the innovative practices that you, our certificated staff, have implemented to reach kids where they are. Your ability to maintain the strong connections with students and parents you have worked so hard to create is encouraging and inspirational. Your innovation and hard work fills me with gratitude each and every day.
We asked our community to share one word with us to describe their teacher. They used words like amazing, caring, loving, kind, enthusiastic, challenging, helpful, funny, genuine and inspiring. As I read these words, I echo their sentiments. You are all of these and so much more. As you take on the last weeks of our school year, please remember who you are and how much you mean to our students and families. You are the glue that is holding our schools and community together through these tough times.
We want you to know that we recognize and appreciate all that you are doing to make a difference for our kids and families. Remember to take care of yourselves and your family during these unprecedented times and know that you are in my thoughts.
With my sincerest respect and admiration, John Schieche
In these last few weeks we have been faced with challenges unlike any of the others that I have witnessed in the 40 years that I have been in education. Never before have we been faced with a situation like the COVID-19 and the magnitude of the affects that it will have on the education of our children this year.
I can’t express how much I truly appreciate the hard work and perseverance of our administrators, certificated and classified staff members through this evolving international crisis. From our dedicated food services employees and bus drivers who are still coming into work each day to ensure that our East Valley kids have nutritional meals in these tough times, to our teachers who are out there implementing innovative strategies to reach our families and students remotely, I am so impressed with the dedication of each and every member of our team.
As this pandemic continues to evolve and affect the lives of our neighbors, country and friends across the world, I sincerely hope that our students, staff and East Valley community members stay safe and healthy through these very difficult times.
We anxiously await for conditions to improve so that we can welcome our students and staff back to our buildings. Together we will get through this with our collective commitment to serving each other by practicing social distancing to the best of our abilities. The sooner we can beat this, the sooner we can get back to our regular routines.
Next week, along with districts across the state and country, we have the honor of celebrating Classified Employee Appreciation Week. These dedicated and hardworking team members are recognized for their commitment to providing high quality education and positive experiences for our children, every day, in every school across our district.
We know that our schools would not run smoothly without the support of our classified employees. They manage our front offices, prepare and serve lunches, tend to sick kids, work in small groups with students, keep our school grounds, buildings and buses maintained and safe, transport our students to and from school, make sure computers and classroom technology continue to function and so much more. They are often the first people our students see when they enter our schools and the last before arriving safely at home. The connections they make with our students, families and our staff help support students development and success.
We invite you to join us in celebrating our classified staff team members not only this week, but all year long for their important contributions to our schools and community.
Thank you classified staff for all you do to make every day a special day for our children!
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Reflecting on the WA State Report Card
With the release of the Washington State Report Card, it is time to reflect on the triumphs and challenges of the 2018-2019 school year. Over the last five years, we have invested heavily in the implementation of our Big Five. This improvement initiate focuses our instructional efforts on a collaborative approach to addressing Washington State Standards through the use of intentional learning targets, common assessments and rigorous core and differentiated instruction.
As I review our 2019 Smarter Balanced Assessment data, I am encouraged to see this work translate to significant improvements in both student growth and achievement data district-wide. In 16 of the 20 tested areas, our district made growth in comparison to scores reported on the 2018 assessments. In addition, not only are we surpassing the average scores of students in our local Educational Service District in nearly every content area and grade level, but in many of these areas, our students are also surpassing the state average.
While we are very proud to celebrate our growth, we also recognize that there is still room for improvement. Our building and district administrators are committed to continuing our upward trend by working hard to try new, innovative practices, in their buildings. From “Think Tanks” that encourage a collective approach to evaluating building processes amongst educators and administrators, to faculty gallery walks that spotlight student data and effective teaching strategies, the progress we are making is shaping a culture of collaboration like nothing we have seen in years past.
We look forward to continuing on this journey with our team of highly skilled educators and support staff. We are thankful for the ongoing support of our East Valley Community and the engagement of our families to prioritize education. Together we do make a difference.
Every January, in accordance with National School Board Directors Appreciation Month, we have the pleasure of honoring our five outstanding East Valley School Board Directors. Matthew Byers, Charlotte Layman, Seth Basford, Raymond Wiseman, and Eric Farmer. Our board members demonstrate constant dedication to our community through their service to our students and schools... They read, review and approve policy changes. They thoughtfully evaluate construction project reports and budgets to make sure East Valley schools are making fiscally responsible decisions. They give countless hours to ensuring that our decisions meet the needs and expectations of our citizens at bi-weekly board of director meetings and so much more. The work that they do to promote the future of our students will impact our community for generations. We ask that you join us in thanking our East Valley Board of Directors this month and throughout the school year!
Your Superintendent, John Scheiche
Friday, December 13, 2019
Enjoy a restful winter break!
As we prepare for winter break and the new year, I am reflective of the hard work of our employees and students. More than ever before, we are asking our students to rise to rigorous standards in education. More than ever before, we are asking our teachers to be reflective of their practice and collaborate with their peers to ensure they’re using the best instructional practices to teach our students. And, more than ever before, we are seeing this hard work translate to high levels of student growth and academic success in our schools.
We hope that our students and staff have a well-earned, restful winter break and come back reenergized as we move into 2020.
We are two months into the new school year and already reaping the benefits of the hard work of our employees to build strong relationships with our students and to promote academic excellence.
As a district, we have invested time and resources into our professional learning communities to ensure that our educators are collaboratively evaluating the needs of each student and addressing them with targeted interventions and enrichment opportunities. Preliminary data from our interim assessments shows substantial growth in grade levels across our district, in some cases grade levels doubling student growth from this same time last school year.
This year we have put a magnifying lens to the culture and climate of our district and placed emphasis on building positive relationships with students. We know that the success of our students and schools is a direct reflection of these relationships. We want to ensure that from the first hello our students receive on the bus to the time that they go home, they are being provided with educational environments that are both physically and emotionally safe. We are extremely pleased by the level of enthusiasm we have seen from our educators to build these lasting connections. We are encouraged by data that suggests that we are already seeing this effort translate to fewer discipline issues in our buildings.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
School Culture Counts
We are a full month into our 2019-2020 school year and already reaping the benefits of our work. This year we have put a magnifying lens to our school and district culture in an effort to forge lasting connections with our students that positively impact academic success. We are thrilled to see so many of our educators taking this work to heart and maximizing this first month to build relationships with their students. We have already begun to see this work translate into fewer discipline issues in our buildings, in comparison to this same time last school year. As we work to strengthen community relations and foster positive relationships with our students, we will be asking you to provide feedback about your experiences, in our buildings and with our staff. Please be on the lookout for these culture surveys.
Your Superintendent, John Schieche
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Welcome Back Staff & Students
We are so thrilled to welcome our students, staff and families back for the 2019-2020 school year. Since I began as your superintendent in East Valley in 2002, our district has seen significant changes in our community, our school facilities, state legislation and school policy. Many of these changes have shifted the strategies we use to educate our children and many aspects associated with our district operations. Through all of these, one thing has remained consistent, we value strong partnerships with our community that support us in providing innovative, challenging and safe educational experiences for all of our students.
As we move into this new year, we are committed to ensuring that our classrooms and schools are inviting, engaging and empowering for our students and our staff. With a keen focus on providing quality services for our students, parents and community throughout the year, you will be asked to complete customer service surveys to tell us how we’re doing in meeting your needs and expectations. These quick surveys will help guide us in providing enriching environments for each and every student to succeed.
We look forward to continuing the growth we have seen in the last few school years and to working together to ensure the values and culture of our East Valley Schools reflect strong connections with students and only the best instructional practices to meet the needs of every child, in every classroom, every day.
Again, welcome back!
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Congratulations Class of 2019
Graduation is a time of celebration for our district as we release a wonderful group of students out into the world that lies ahead of them. It is also a time of recognition and thanks to our employees and our families who have worked tirelessly over the years to invest in each and every one of them. It is your dedication and love that has empowered them to achieve their highest potential in life.
It is with great pride that we are able to honor our East Valley High School, Class of 2019 as our newest East Valley alumni!
We invite you to join us in congratulating our graduates on their accomplishments and ask that you continue to support them as they trudge forward into college and the careers that they are about to embark on. They are the ones who will inspire change in our community and impact our world. They are our future.
With respect and admiration, Congratulations Class of 2019! John Schieche Superintendent of East Valley Schools
Every May, we have the honor of recognizing our certificated staff for their commitment to the success of our East Valley students. Next week, along with districts across our state and country, we will have the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate their hard work and dedication during National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10, 2019).
The impact of our certificated staff is so important to the future of our students, our schools and our community. They come to work, in their various roles, every day to not only teach our kids academic content, but also to lead them to become the best versions of themselves through the connections they make with each and every one of them. It is the time that they invest in getting to know our students that shows how deeply they care. It is the high standards that they hold them to that empowers them to seek their highest aspirations and it is the passion that they show for their profession, that inspires our kids to follow their own passion and turn their dreams into productive and rewarding realities.
We ask that you join us in recognizing the impact they have on the lives of our students, the futures they build and their outstanding dedication to our community.
Spring is a busy time for our schools. State testing is just around the corner and the end of the school year is fast approaching. We want to remind families to make sure that students are coming to school on time, every day, so that they don’t miss key instructional time with their teachers right before the test. We also recommend that students get a good night’s rest the night before testing and a healthy breakfast the morning of. We want to make sure our students are ready and prepared for the rigorous tasks they will be asked to perform.
Spring is not just for testing, it is also a time for recognizing excellence. It is the time of year when we have the opportunity to put a spotlight on our employees for their dedication to our schools and students all year. Last month we had the honor of recognizing our classified employees who work diligently every day to support the education of our children in East Valley. During the week of May 6-10th, we will have the opportunity to thank our certificated staff for all that they do to impact the lives of our students. We ask you to join us in celebrating our East Valley staff and all that they do for the future of our community.
After a very wintery return from break, it seems like the snow melted just in time for the first day of spring. To make up for lost instructional time due to our snow days, we will be extending the school year. Our last day of the 2018-2019 academic year will now be June 13th. For more information about the changes made to our academic calendar, please reference our spring announcements on page 7.
Thank you for your continued support of our schools,
This week, along with districts across the state and country, we are honored to celebrate classified employee appreciation week in the East Valley School District .
Classified staff are our employees who support the education of our students by managing front offices, preparing and serving lunches, tending to sick kids, working in small groups with students to provide academic support, keeping school grounds, buildings and buses maintained and safe, transporting our students to and from school, keeping kids safe on our playgrounds and for making sure computers and classroom technology continue to function and so much more. It truly takes all employees working together to educate our students. The support our classified employees provide our district is critical to student success.
I encourage the entire community to join me in celebrating these dedicated and hardworking team members for their commitment to providing high quality education and positive experiences for our children, every day, in every school across our district. Classified employees deserve our gratitude and appreciation not only this week, but all year long for their important contributions to our community.
Thank you classified staff for all you do!
Thursday, March 7, 2019
A SNOWY SITUATION
Although the groundhog predicted spring, all we saw was snow this February. We know that when bad weather hits the Yakima Valley, parents are anxiously waiting to hear whether our schools are going to be on-time, delayed or cancelled.
Over the last few weeks, we've been asked a few great questions...
1. Why don't we make our decisions and announcements the night before?
We simply don't know what our decision will be until the morning of. Weather forecasts/weather conditions can change, as can the roads. In the past when we have announced delays the night prior and then had to change to cancellation, we had confusion and frustrated families that had to, once again, change their plans. We have found that it is best to make our decisions and announcements when we have the most accurate information available.
2. Why do we have school when other local schools don't?
We don't make our decisions based on what other districts are doing; we base them on the conditions in our district, on our roads. We wake up and begin driving roads at 3:30 in the morning. We assess road conditions to determine whether our buses can safely transport students to and from school. Once we are ready to make our decisions related to transportation and school operation, we try to send a notification out to the news media and our families no later than 6:00 AM. If weather conditions change significantly and our delay turns into a closure, we will try to send an update to our community by 7:30 a.m.
3. Will we have to make up our snow day?
As soon as we can be sure that additional winter storms will not initiate further school closures, we will review our academic calendar and communicate potential changes to our families.
We thank our families and staff for your patience and understanding through this wintery weather. We always encourage families to prepare for inclement weather and make sure to have a care plan in place for children, should you need to report for employment. For more information about our weather notifications, visit https://www.evsd90.org/apps/pages/weather
Our doors and phones are always open. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Friday, February 1, 2019
As we have begun to review mid-year assessment data, we are encouraged by the high levels of student growth and achievement we are seeing in our buildings. We know that this is a direct reflection of the hard work of our teachers and administrators to develop targeted educational plans to meet the needs of all East Valley children.
We also recognize that there is a direct relationship between missing fewer than 2 school days each month and academic success. Knowing this, we have focused on continued improvements in student attendance over the last few school years. This year our percentage of students attending 90% of the time is up by 4%, or approximately 120 students. It is encouraging to see our students and families prioritizing education and being on time and present in our schools.
With state testing scheduled to start after we return from spring break, we want to remind families to stay engaged and communicate with your children about where they feel they need support. If your child is struggling in school, please contact their teachers so that we can get them the help they need now!
Attention East Valley Staff & Families,
We continue to monitor our situation and are basing our return to hybrid or in-person instruction on the guidance we receive from the Yakima Health District. Based on preliminary discussions about the improvements that we’re seeing in the number of positive COVID cases in our county, we are hopeful that updated guidance will be issued from our local health authorities that allows us to start bringing more students back into our classrooms sooner than originally expected. We are currently working on a revised education plan with the Yakima Health District and plan to release our hybrid implementation model for our staff, parents and families in the next 10-14 days. This plan will outline the logistics of bringing students back safely so that we are prepared to make a safe and smooth transition for our students, staff and families. We appreciate the patience and understanding that you have continued to show as we navigate this evolving situation.
We got a lot of great questions about virtual learning and the remote start to our 2020-2021 school year during our community forums last week. We added the answers to these questions on our website. Some topics include information on Chromebook checkout dates/times, meal services, technology support, school supplies, student/staff expectations, schedules and much more!
On Monday, August 31, 2020, the USDA approved an extension to the waiver that allowed us to serve FREE MEALS to all East Valley kids ages 0-18 last spring. We will continue to offer our FREE BULK MEAL SERVICE this fall. Click the title for more details.
We have Chromebooks for every student in grades K-12 in the district. We also have hot spots available for families who do not have access to internet. Families that need a device for their child(ren) should attend the device checkout time indicated for their school(s), as shown below. If you have multiple children that attend different schools, you will need to attend the checkout time at each school for which a device is required.