UPDATE: A Note from the Superintendent
Brinnon Families and Community,
When is school out?
The last day of school is June 19. We encourage you to stay engaged in learning until that date. If you checked out a laptop or technology equipment, please return it with your packets on Monday, June 15. If you have questions, the school phones are answered Monday through Friday from 9:00 – noon.
What will school be like in September?
Our first day of school is September 2, 2020. Our 2020-2021 school calendar is posted on the Brinnon School District website. OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction) established a task force to create scenarios for the start of school in September. OSPI has a COVID-19 section on their website where those scenarios are posted. The school staff is meeting weekly (in an online format) to plan for the fall. We welcome your input and suggestions. As you communicate with teachers each week, be sure to give them your input. You can also call the office. We expect more specific guidelines form OSPI in mid-June.
How will students be graded this year?
What about summer meals?
Our meal and transportation crew has done an excellent job throughout the school closure. They prepared and delivered 852 meals just last week. We have a strong commitment to being sure summer meals are continued. As you know, we have an amazing and supportive community. Our food bank will provide food boxes for children on Tuesdays. Families who have signed up for the program (that document is attached) can receive a box of food for each child, with a maximum of three boxes. The Jefferson County YMCA has applied for funding for summer meals. They will prepare breakfast and lunch for Brinnon. They will deliver on a modified schedule. There will be more information to come on this.
What is the latest playground project?
We were awarded a $46,000 competitive grant for a walking path. That path is complete. It will be a great resource for our run club and for recess and P.E. activities. We also hope the community will enjoy it after school and on weekends
What is happening with special education?
This is the last week for online speech and language services. Mrs. Kelly has done a fabulous job helping our students to improve. If you have headsets, camera or laptop checked out for this purpose, please return them to the school by June 15th. Sending them back on the bus with the packets is a good option, or you can drop them off at school between 9:00 and 12:00.
Specially Designed Instruction will continue to be sent in packets through the end of the year.
What will class configurations be like in the 2020-2021 school year?
Do I need to register for school?
If you are a returning student, you do not need to register. New students and incoming preschool students need to complete a registration packet. Those packets are available on the school website. If you need a printed copy, please call the school and request to have one mailed to you.
Top Ten Things About the Brinnon School (the list is long – it’s difficult to narrow it down to ten!)
Patricia Beathard - Superintendent
Posted Wednesday, June 5, 2019 3:00 am
The Brinnon School is one of more than 200 schools statewide, but the only school district in Jefferson County, to be recognized for its growth and achievement as part of an initiative to reward schools with low achievement that are rapidly improving.
The new Washington School Improvement Framework puts a spotlight on schools that are making progress in closing opportunity gaps among student groups.
“The new way we measure success is aligned with our mission, vision, values and commitment to equity,” said Chris Reykdal, superintendent of Public Instruction for the state. “Sixty-five percent of schools receiving awards this year have not been recognized in the previous three recognition cycles.”
Recognized schools measure within the top 20 percent on the Washington School Improvement Framework measures and are making “significant” progress closing gaps among student groups.
“There is incredible work happening in our schools every day,” Reykdal said. “Accompanied by unprecedented levels of support at the state level and a relentless focus on data, schools are viewing continuous improvement like they never have before. The educators, students and families of recognized schools have a lot to be proud of.”
Brinnon School District Superintendent Patricia Beathard attributed much of Brinnon’s successes on this front to its staff’s efforts to create a “positive and productive” culture of learning, by examining all aspects of the school day, no matter how minor, to try and ensure each one would contribute to such a culture.
These measures range from simple steps, such as making sure students have adequate supervision during their breakfasts, lunches, outdoor periods and dismissals, to building schedules designed to maximize student learning time.
“We maintain high expectations for student behavior, and provide a variety of positive rewards for good attendance and behavior,” Beathard said. “It’s part of our mission to develop positive relationships with our students, parents, and community.”
To that end, the Brinnon School’s recently forged partnership with 4-H for after-school programs was funded by several donors, including Jefferson Healthcare, to help keep students active, healthy and engaged.
The Brinnon School likewise coordinates with the YMCA to provide full-day summer school for all students who wish to attend, which was extended and expanded this year, thanks to another round of funding from their partners at Jefferson Healthcare.
This year’s Brinnon Summer School is slated to run eight weeks, with new features such as art instruction, field trips and outdoor activities, while still offering a strong focus on both reading and math.
And while county-funded counseling has already been put into place at other school districts, Beathard noted the program is new for Brinnon, where it’s funded counseling through one-tenth of 1% of the sales tax.
“Our early release Fridays allow time for staff collaboration and planning, and all our classrooms have instructional support staff,” Beathard said. “This allows our teachers to incorporate small-group instruction to address learning at the appropriate instructional levels, and we have a truly excellent staff.”
As part of its focus on math and writing for improvement, the Brinnon School has adopted a new math curriculum that Beathard described as “complex and comprehensive.”
Alternative Learning Environment
Brinnon School District 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. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Title IX Coordinator/Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
46 Schoolhouse Rd
Section 504/ADA Coordinator
Britney Edwards/Special Education Teacher
46 Schoolhouse Rd
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Parents and Brinnon Community Members:
We are delivering FREE meals to student bus stops daily between 10am and 11am. If you originally declined meals, but would now like to receive them, please call the school and we can add you to our delivery run. We are serving students in our district 18 years old and younger.
2019-2020 School Calendar - Updated on 3/13/20 for closure
2018 - 2019 Washington State Report Card
A link to The Nation's Report Card can be found HERE.
Did you know the Brinnon School has an active PTO? Click HERE to find out more!
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