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South Whidbey School District November 2016 News
We are well into the fall festivities! Leaves are falling and what a beautiful autumn it is. We are hoping for a quiet, mild winter but planning for the "just in case." If there happens to be a school closure or late start due to inclement weather, we will be sending out an early morning ROBO call throughout the district. We set up ROBO SMS messages too.  If you "Opted In" to receiving text messages, the notifications will come to you by phone, email and now text message too.   Please  utilize our website for all your school news and updates. Don't hesitate to contact us with your questions.

November Happenings
Important dates to Remember

November 2nd - Early Release, Community Forum
November 2nd-4th - Pumpkin Decomposing at SWES Garden
November 6th - 2pm  Cultivating Kids  at the Clyde
November 9th - 7pm SWSD Band Veteran's Day Concert
November 11th - NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day
November 11-13th, 18-20th - Footloose, the Musical at SWHS
November 14th-18th - Book Fair at the Elementary School
November 15th - 6:30pm Focus on the Future / College Night at SWHS
November 16th - School Board Meeting - District Office at 11am
November 16th -  Early Release
November 17th - Elementary School Harvest Feast
November 17th - 7pm Music in Motion Show at SWHS
November 21-23rd - No School K-8 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 23rd - SWHS & SWA 9-12 Early Release
November 24th & 25th - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

December Plannings
December 2nd - SWSD Band Holiday Concert
December 7th Community Forum
December 14th School Board Workshop & Business Meeting
December 21st-January 3rd - Winter Break

SWSD School Bus Drivers Making Learning Happen 
for the South Whidbey School District! 

Teri Teeter
Carmen Schulz
Linda Proctor
David Campbell

Here are your bus drivers:

Bear - Wendy Busch
Cheetah - Pete Lopez
Cougar - Jim Davis
Elephant - Annette Banks
Falcon - Bonnie Nixon
Frog - Ken Barstow
Giraffe - Woody Woodard
Hummingbird - Nan Gildersleeve
Lion - Terry Teeter
Monkey - Carmen Schulz
Orca - Terry Cepowski
Turtle - Linda Proctor
Substitutes - Jeremie Canty, Jeffrey Murray,  David Campbell

SWSD Dispatcher is Sheila McCue

Transportation Supervisor is Pierre  Rajotte

Waiting for the Bus?
Walking to School?
Help other road users to see you. Wear or carry something light-colored, bright or fluorescent in poor daylight conditions. When it is dark, use reflective materials (e.g. armbands, sashes, waistcoats, jackets, footwear), which can be seen by drivers using headlights up to three times as far away as non-reflective materials.

South Whidbey School District Band News

Beginning Band with the 5th graders is in full swing and they are working hard to prepare for their first concert set for Friday, December 2nd at 6pm in the SWHS Auditorium.

The LMS and SWHS bands will be playing at these next two events:

Wednesday, November 9th at 7pm, they honor those who have served our country in a Veteran's Day Concert held at SWHS. They will be featuring a special guest, Staff Sergeant Harry Ong, Solo Clarinetist of the "President's Own" Marine Corps Band of Washington DC.

Friday, December 2nd at 7pm Holiday Concert at SWHS Auditorium.

We hope you can come join us! All concerts are open to the public!

Join the Performing Arts Booster, Next Meeting is Monday, November 7th at 6pm

We'd like to welcome additional new staff to our district for 2016-2017 
South Whidbey Elementary
Vicki Harvey, Assistant Cook

Langley Middle School 
Leslie Ballestrasse, Band Paraeducator
Sarah Boin, 6th Grade Science Teacher

District Office
Josh Porter, Maintenance Worker
Colleen Brown, Custodian/Courier

Sheila McCue, Dispatch Secretary
Annette Banks, Elephant Route
Ken Barstow, Frog Route

Congratulations and welcome to South Whidbey School District!

Health Update:

Now is the time to get your flu shots!

Be smart, eat smart and get your rest!!!

Quick Links:
Volunteers Needed!
Would you like to help us make a difference?

We need people like you to donate time, energy, and experience in a variety of areas, including helping in the classroom, being a tutor or mentor, helping senior students with their culminating projects, clerical, and much more.

Together we will be able to help many students and teachers. Our volunteers say they feel rewarded many times over for the help they provide in making a difference in the lives of others.

South Whidbey Elementary School

November Upcoming Events:
November 11-18th : Book Fair in the Community Room
November 16th - Early Release
November 17th: Harvest Feast in the Gym
November 21-23rd: Parent Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL!

The elementary school is excited about the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair! As always, we coordinate the book fair around our Annual Harvest Feast. We hope to see many families enjoy these events.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) education is going strong at SWES. Each Monday and Tuesday, our technology lab and library are transformed into our "Makerspace", a hands on learning environment designed to promote collaboration, problem solving and creativity.  Here are just a few things we are exploring: physics, circuitry, robotics, coding, engineering and technology, but keep it a secret, the kids don't know they are learning!

Parent Teacher Conferences are coming at the e nd of November. We look forward to sharing all of the great things students have been working on.

Lan gley Middle School

Conference Dates:
Monday, November 21st 11am-3pm and 4-7pm
Tuesday, November 22nd 11am-3pm and 4-7pm
Wednesday, November 23rd 8am-11:30am

We Scare Hunger Food Drive sponsored by Builders Club will be held October 31st - November 10th

Cougar Gear: Order your LMS spirit wear today. Hoodies are $25 and t-shirts are only $12. Stop by the office to view the designs. Orders and payments must be turned in to the main office, don't miss out!

LMS Builders Club raised $1000 for the American Cancer Society during the month of October. Each team played in a "pink" game where the Builders Club provided players with pink shoelaces, helmet stickers and hair ties. Any donations and proceeds from the games went to the American Cancer Society.

South Whidbey High School

South Whidbey High School  presents:
FOOTLOOSE,  the musical
Stage Adaptation by
Based on the Original Screenplay by Dean Pitchford
                                        Music By                               Lyrics By
                                    TOM SNOW                  DEAN PITCHFORD
Additional Music by
Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman
Friday & Saturday, November 11, 12, and 18, 19, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 13 and 20, 2:00 p.m.
When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school.  What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home.  When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid.  The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.  FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.
Directed by:  Michael Morgen
Drama Club Advisor:  Jeff Greene
Production Team:  Michael McInerney & Jean Shaw
Student Coordinators:  Chloe Hood & Kari Hustad

"FOOTLOOSE" the musical is presented by permission of R&H Theatricals, an Imagem Company.
Tickets at the Door and on Sale Next Week at

Please check out the SWHS website here for current events, updated information and all of the SWHS teacher webpages.

The School Board approved the renaming of the football stadium to Jim Leierer Stadium at Waterman Field. Read the South Whidbey Record October 29, 2016 article here. The official dedication will take place at the first 2017-18 Falcon Football home game. 

Dates to Remember: 
November 2nd  - EARLY RELEASE
November 3rd - 5pm Division of Vocational Rehab
November 7th - 6pm PAB Meeting
November 8th - 6:30pm PTSA Meeting
November 9th - 9:25am ASB Meeting Rm 202
                      - Knowledge Bowl @ Glacier Peak
                      - 7pm Veteran's Day Concert
November 10th - Veteran's Day Assembly
November 11th - NO SCHOOL

November 11th -12th -7:30pm FOOTLOOSE
November 13th - 2pm FOOTLOOSE
November 14th - 2pm Grades Due
November 15th - 6:30pm Focus on the Future
November 16th  - EARLY RELEASE
November 17th - 7pm Music in Motion
November 18th -19th -7:30pm FOOTLOOSE
November 20th - 2pm FOOTLOOSE
November 23rd - EARLY RELEASE (9-12th Only)
November 24th & 25th - NO SCHOOL

Congratulations to the 2016 Homecoming Court:
King & Queen:
Jay Bierschenk & Bayley Gochanour 

Prince & Princesses:
 Sean Drake & Megan Drake,
 Max Cassee & Thandeka Brigham

South Whidbey Academy Programs

SWA is moving forward with the new changes and in the new buildings. We're seeing positive results from the changes. The SWA students are working hard, focusing and preparing for their futures. 

For the SWA K-5th Graders at SWES,we started off the year with lots of exploration and science in the garden and our first field trip to the Outdoor Classroom. The K-5 graders have been working in the garden every week, learning about nutrients in the soil, cleaning out the garden beds from the summer plantings and preparing them for winter. Kids and families are really appreciating the close community of SWA.


School Board Business Meeting Special 
Date and Time

November 16, 2016 Wednesday at 11am 
in the District Office Conference Room

Final Community Forums November 2nd and December 7th at 6:30pm in the SWHS New Commons
Please welcome Katyrose Jordan the Student  School Board Representative who was sworn in at the September Business Meeting.

South Whidbey School District Farm-Gardens

It's been a fall filled with lots of learning and delicious eating at the School Farm and Langley Middle School Gardens! Click  HERE to read more! The gardens were bursting with veggies for the return of the students, who eagerly ate carrots cucumbers, tomatoes, kale, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, peppers, pea sprouts, and more during the garden classes and school lunches. All students K - 5 now learn and eat in the gardens weekly or bi-weekly. We are growing a great harvest for the Elementary School Thanksgiving feast...the 4th graders harvested the squash they had planted last spring, and the 3rd graders harvested the potatoes they planted as 2nd graders.

We needed to create a garden for all the enthusiastic fifth graders who moved up to the Middle School. Sarah Boin's 6th grade science classes have been designing and installing the LMS Garden. The Elementary School will also have a new garden with easily pickable veggies for snacks next to the Kindergarten/First grade wing. Susan Milan's 7th grade elective organized a very successful  Taste Washington Day event at the LMS cafeteria. 

Save your Halloween pumpkins and donate them to the school farm to fertilize our fruit trees! The farm truck will be parked in front of the Elementary School after Halloween for you to load your pumpkin into. More details here.

On Sunday, November 6, 2016, the short film "Cultivating Kids", featuring our school farm and gardens and made by local filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, will be shown free at the Clyde Theatre, at 2 pm. For more information, click  HERE. The film is receiving national acclaim for its inspirational portrayal of our school farm program!

The School Farm and Garden Program is dependent on contributions from the community. The Goose Grocer will match your donation to the School Farm and Garden Program! If you would like to donate, click  HERE

Bookmark to keep up with the latest happenings. If you would like to volunteer, or have any questions, please email

Be involved with our schools through  PTA!
Would you like to help us make a difference?  We need people like you to donate time, energy, and experience in a variety of areas, including helping in the classroom, being a tutor/mentor, helping senior students with their culminating projects, clerical, and much more.  
Together we will be able to help many students and teachers. Our volunteers say they feel rewarded many times over for the help they provide in making a difference in the lives of others.
Each school has their own membership. Please join today!

Elementary School - SWEPTA

Langley Middle School - LMS PTSA Next meeting Tuesday, November 29th at 2:30pm  

South Whidbey High -SWHS PTSA Next Meeting Tuesday, November 8th at 6:30pm


South Whidbey Schools Foundation

Congratulations to the SWSD Teachers that were awarded scholarships for their classes

The SWSF has a three-fold purpose:
  • providing financial support for projects outside the scope of the school district budget which foster educational excellence and innovative process for the benefit of students;
  • recognizing and rewarding teaching excellence through two annual awards;
  • serving as the administrative agency for numerous gifts from individuals and foundations, plus state and federal grants for activities and groups.
Family Resource Center - Readiness to Learn

The Family Resource Center offers a welcoming environment for families to meet each other and learn about community resources. Programs include Relative As Parents group, Parents of Special Needs Group, school supply and holiday gift assistance, tutors/mentors, student advocacy, and community resources and referral.  All people and experiences are important to us.  Our goal is to support families in helping their children reach their full potential.

The center is a partnership between South Whidbey School District and Readiness to Learn Foundation.  We are located in the portable with purple doors on the Elementary School Campus. Drop in or contact us to learn more or to volunteer!  The coffee pot is always on.  We look forward to meeting you!

Families in Transition  - McKinney Vento Students Find more information here.

Phone 360-221-5808 ext 4321, Street address: 5380 Maxwelton Road, Langley, Mailing Address: PO Box 280, Langley, WA 98260
Free and Reduced Meals

If you feel you may qualify for the free or reduced lunch/breakfast program, please complete the linked   Free and Reduced Meals form and return it to your child's school. This form must be filled out annually.   If you were provided a form from DSHS stating that you qualify for the program,  please provide a copy along with your application form.
Please contact Sherry Smith by email at, or by phone at (360) 221-6808, ext. 2224, if you have any questions.
In the South Whidbey School District, both students and staff are committed to making our district a better place for everyone .  


South Whidbey School District | Kristy Macarro| (360)221-6808 x 2245| |