DISTRICT NEWSLETTER for December 3, 2018
Strengthening Our Community Through Excellence in Education
Learning into the future!
From the Superintendent

Hello Team Northshore,

It is at this time of the year, we are often reminded of all the things we are thankful for. While it is so easy to at times succumb to that bit of ‘grinch--ness’ about all the things that we wish we had, or have been disappointed about, or that we think could be done better, or ??. It is so important for us individually, and as a culture within the district and the community, to remember and be thankful for all the blessings large and small that are ours each and every day.

We had our fourth Board School Improvement Plan visit and traveled to Northshore Middle School. These visits are integral to the comprehensive work we do as a district. In highlighting the work of the school, principal Tiffany Rodriguez and assistant principal AmyLynn Schexnayder highlighted several aspects of the school work this year saying, "At Northshore Middle, we live our core value of prioritizing positive relationships by making relationships the underlying foundation of what we do - with our students, with our families, and with each other as a team of educators. By cultivating relationships and human connection, all voices are valued and our school is stronger for it.” This work is part of the strategic work we have been doing as a school district these past several years and enables our students to find serious success. "Northshore Middle School continues to examine their practices and strategies to enhance the learning outcomes for each and every student," states South Region Assistant Superintendent, Heather Miller. "Staff are committed to addressing the varying instructional needs of the students."  We all noticed the strong feeling of pride as students greeted us as special guests and we certainly enjoyed sharing their classroom experience with them. It is always so energizing to be out in the schools. Go Titans!   

To read more, visit Dr. Reid's Thursday Thoughts.

Warmest Regards,
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
News & Updates
Winter weather
As we head toward winter and the potential for inclement weather, it is important to make sure your family’s contact information is current.

Parents and guardians can verify contact information in ParentVUE. Please contact the school if you need help accessing ParentVUE or updating contact information.

In the event of a emergency, or if winter weather conditions impact the school schedule or affect bus transportation, families will receive a phone message, email and text from the District. Information will also be posted on the District homepage at If no schedule change information is communicated, schools and buses are on their regular schedules. Please visit the District’s  Closures & Delays webpage for detailed information.
Hour of code at home
Northshore School District classrooms will be participating this week in an Hour of Code as part of the celebration of Computer Science Education Week. We encourage all families to try a coding activity at home. To learn more and access great tutorials visit the Hour of Code website.

For more information about Computer Science Education Week visit their website.
Microsoft Translator
The Northshore School District will be piloting the use of Microsoft Translator over the next few weeks in various community meetings. The tool was developed by Microsoft to help bridge communication gaps by translating conversations across devices for one-on-one chats in addition to larger group interactions.

Visit Microsoft's website to learn more and download the app.
North Creek High School students get a taste of aviation and engineering with new class
North Creek High School launched an Introduction to Aviation class this year. In addition to learning about aerodynamics, math and physics, students get to practice aviation on a flight simulator. The class also equips students with the knowledge to pass the Federal Aviation Administration written test. To read the full story visit the Northshore School District website

Be sure to check out the story on K5NEWS about the new aviation class at North Creek High School by visiting K5NEWS website.
Winter Break is Dec. 19 - Jan. 1
Northshore schools will be closed for Winter Break, Dec. 19 - Jan. 1. Schools will re-open on Jan. 2.

The Administrative Center will be open for staff members (key card access) only Dec. 26 - 28.
Safety and Security
Virtual safety resources for parents
The continued increase in technology and social media sites has presented a growing number of risks for those who use them, including our students.

Please partner with us to keep our students safe while online. Please talk to your student about these guidelines for staying safe on all devices.  
  • Keep your accounts private and never share login information.
  • If you are contacted by a stranger, friend or adult requesting personal information, inappropriate photos or to meet, contact your local authorities immediately.
  • Never send or request inappropriate or sexual images of yourself or anyone else. The transmission of nude or sexually explicit images is illegal. Report it.
  • Never respond to a message or request sent by a stranger. 
  • If someone requests such images, report that person to a trusted adult at home or at school who can then call local authorities. A trusted adult at school may be the teacher, counselor, principal/assistant principal or the school resource officer. They are trained to respond and take steps to keep the student safe.

You can also call school administrators to discuss a concern, or use our SafeSchools Alert reporting tool on the District website where you can choose to report a concern and give your contact information or remain anonymous. 

Resources for parents:
Upcoming Events
Conversation with the Board TONIGHT
REMINDER: Join us for Conversation with the Board tonight in the North Creek High School library at
7 p.m.

This evening forum is open to everyone and designed to allow for two-way conversation in an informal setting.
Coffee with the Superintendent
Spanish-speaking families are invited to join Dr. Michelle Reid for an open chat on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at McMenamins Anderson School, Thorndike Room. Please come with questions, comments, concerns or discussion topics.  
K-12 Assessment platform community viewing and feedback night
Please join us on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Northshore School District Administrative Center to provide input and feedback on our K-12 Assessment tools for Northshore School District.

We are currently in year two of our review of reading and mathematics assessments for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. As a result of our work in year one, we are partnering with Renaissance and Curriculum Associates, two assessment publishing companies whose assessments we are piloting this year. 
Meet and Greet with the Superintendent
Families with students receiving special education services please join Dr. Michelle Reid for a Meet and Greet on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Northshore School District Administrative Center
Board Room.
School Board News
2017-18 school board members with superintendent
School Board Meeting Information
School board meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of most months.

For information on school board meetings including minutes, agendas videos and live streaming, visit the
Quick Links
Key Dates
Dec. 3: Conversations with the School Board, 7 p.m., North Creek High School library
Dec. 3-10: Hanukkah
Dec. 5: Wednesday Early Release
Dec. 5: Coffee with the Superintendent, 9:30-11 a.m., McMenamins Anderson School, Thorndike Room
Dec. 7: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, flags at half-staff
Dec. 10: School Board Meeting, 4 p.m., Administrative Center, Board Room
Dec. 12: Wednesday Early Release
Dec. 19 - Jan. 1: Winter Break, No School
Dec. 25: Christmas
Dec. 26: Kwanzaa, ends Jan. 1
Jan. 1: New Year's Day
Jan. 2: School resumes

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