Welcome Back to School!!!
Upcoming Events
  • Aug 27 - Grades K-6 Popsicles with the Principals 4:00pm - 6:00pm, SWES-N Front lawn
  • Aug 28 - First Grade Orientation from 10:00am-11:30am
  • Aug 28 - 9th Grade Orientation at SWHS 10am - noon (Students Only)
  • Aug 28 - Grades 7 & 8 Informal Campus Walk-thru 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Aug 29 - All Staff Back To School Meeting (District and School Offices Closed 8:30am-12:30pm)
  • Aug 30 - Professional Development Training for Certificated Staff
  • Sep 04 - First Day for 1st - 12th Grades (FULL DAY HOURS)
  • Sep 4-7 - Kindergarten parents & students appointments with teachers
  • Sep 05 - Early Release (Students released 90 minutes earlier)
  • Sep 07 - Grades 9-12 Picture Day
  • Sep 10 - First Day of School for Kindergarten & Sno Isle Classes
  • Sep 12 - Early Release (Students released 90 minutes earlier);
  • Sept 12 - School Board Workshop at 6:30pm
  • Sep 17 - Grades 7-8 Open House at 6:00 pm SWHS New Commons
  • Sep 19 - Early Release (Students released 90 minutes earlier)
  • Sep 19 - Grades 9-12 Open House at 6:00 pm SWHS New Commons
  • Sep 20 - Grades K-6 Curriculum Night/Open House 6:00pm -8:00pm
  • Sep 26 - Early Release (Students released 90 minutes earlier);
  • Sep 26 - School Board Business Meeting at 6:30pm
  • Oct 02 - Grades K-6 Picture Day
  • Oct 03 - Early Release Day
  • Oct 05 - No Sno-Isle , Grades 7-8 Picture Day
  • Oct 10 - Early Release Day & School Board Workshop
  • Oct 12 - Grades 9-12 Picture Re-takes, Falcons Homecoming Football Game
  • Oct 13 - Grades 9-12 Homecoming Dance
  • Oct 17 - Early Release Day
  • Oct 24 - Early Release Day & School Board Business Meeting
  • Oct 31 - Early Release Day
  • Nov 01 - Grades K-6 Picture retake
  • Nov 07 - Early Release Day
  • Nov 12 - NO SCHOOL (Veteran's Day) District Office Closed
  • Nov 14 - Early Release Day & School Board Business Meeting
  • Nov 16 - Grades 7-8 picture re-takes
  • Nov 19-21 - Grades K-8 Parent -Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL
  • Nov 21 - Grades 9-12 Half Day (Release at 11:30am)
  • Nov 22 & 23 - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break) - District Office Closed

Please welcome our new staff members and new placements within SWSD

District Office
Amanda Fisher, Human Resources Specialist

South Whidbey High School
Kristen Nelson, Teacher (ELA/History)
Kayla Philips, Teacher CTE-Leadership
South Whidbey K-6 Program
Emmy Atwood, Nurse
Breayne Bishop, Teacher (K)
Marcie Currier, Teacher (2/3 Split)
Jon Forbes, Teacher (4th)
Sue Forbes, Teacher (3rd)
Kim Glandon, Secretary (North Campus)
James Nelson, Teacher (2nd)
Lori Pruss, Teacher (Music)
Megan Robinson, Secretary (South)
Mary Thompson, Principal (North)

Special Education Department
Deborah Calkins, K-4 Behavior
Jeremy Frye, SLP, South
Jennifer Gioseffi, Teacher (7/8)
Erin Gutzmer, Psychologist, South
Kris Wold, Teacher (ES North )
Luke Hodson, SWHS 7-12 Teacher
District & School Communication
New Website Platform Coming October 1st . We heard your request for more and better communication between the District, Schools and Parents. This Fall, we will be transitioning to a new web platform - School Messenger Presence. We have worked all summer with the migration process from the old site to the new. The same URL: www.sw.wednet.edu will take you to the new site when it is up and running. There will be an App for mobile devices too.
Peachjar for grades K-12. To assist our school programs, boosters, clubs, and community, we use the Peachjar program for emailing and hosting flyers. Check out the link on our websites to find flyers and keep up to date with what is current in our district.
Pickup Patrol for grades K-6 is an application that can be downloaded for free onto your phone, tablet or computer. Once you sign up and connect with the South Whidbey Elementary site, it allows you to make transportation changes for your child instantly.
SWSD Family Handbook is a comprehensive booklet of information regarding our district. It is available online for your convenience. Please check here for answers to your questions.
Board Docs For School Board Policies, Meeting Agendas and Minutes, please go to Board Docs linked on our site.
SKYWARD - Online Grades - Food Service Payments On the Skyward - Family & Student Access website, parents have a more active role in their student's education and provides better communication with the school. Here you can check your student's grades, review messages sent out by their teachers, make payments toward food services, review attendance and much much more. To learn more about  Skyward, please click here.
The 2018-2019 Bus Routes have been posted online. Please be at your bus stop 5 minutes early. Not all stops are listed on each route – use the times to calculate stops between listed points. If your student misses the bus, go to a stop ahead so that your student may board the bus from the front. Remember, it is unlawful to pass the school bus when the upper red lights are flashing. Please check our website frequently for updates.
Transportation Phone: 360-221-5209                           
School Start and End Times:
Grades K-4 Start at 9:00am and end at 3:30pm
Office hours 8:30-4:00. 
Phone 360-221-4600
Attendance line 360-221-0637

School Start and End Times:
Start at 9:00am and end at 3:30pm
South Campus Office Hours 8:30am - 4:00pm
South Campus Phone 360-221-5100 FAX 360-221-6929
Attendance line 360-221-0638
School Start and End Times:
Grades 7 -12 start at 7:45am and end at 2:30pm
Secondary Campus (SWHS) Office hours 7:15-2:45
Secondary Campus (Grades 7&8) Phone 360-221-4300 FAX 360-221-5797
Grades 7&8 Attendance line is 360-221-0937
School Start and End Times:
Grades 7 -12 start at 7:45am and end at 2:30pm
Office hours 7:15-2:45. 
Phone 360-221-4300 FAX 360-221-5797
SWHS Attendance line is 360-221-0937
SWA 7-12 Attendance line is 360-221-7879

Mindfulness Continues!
Last year we brought more Mindfulness to the South Whidbey School District. Many of the students in K-4 learned mindfulness skills that became valuable tools for working with difficult feelings and challenging situations. A group of the students shared their skills and knowledge at the South Whidbey Schools Foundation Gala in June.
Many of the teachers participated in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Groups and found helpful ways to manage their own stress and learned some new skills to bring into the classroom.
Other teachers began a mindfulness practice of their own and brought mindful moments to the classroom. All of this has been well researched and shown to have positive impact on learning and academic scores.
This year, we will continue to weave mindfulness into K-12 for staff and students. 
The Next Level of SEL
Exciting things are happening in the realm of social-emotional learning (SEL). SEL has been a focus in some buildings, with some teachers and administrators for awhile now, but this year we are taking SEL to the next level.
We have a wonderful committee comprised of school counselors, psychologists, teachers, administrators, community members and parents. Our task will be to review what is already in place and what we have accomplished so far, then we will look at the places where we need to grow and change. The goal is to recommend to the steering committee a plan for consistent K-!2 SEL language, curriculum and ways that will integrate SEL into everything we do.
We know it will look different in every building and that is exciting. We are looking forward to this process and appreciate input from the community. We will keep you posted!
South Whidbey Academy - Alternative Programs in Education
For General Questions Call 360-221-6808 ext 5136
The mission of the South Whidbey Academy’s 9 th – 12 th grade program is to encourage and enable our students to be ready and capable to meet the challenges of life in school and beyond.
We offer a high school program with common goals that include:
·        development of a more supportive classroom environment
·        reducing the student / teacher ratio
·        enhanced school / parent communication
·        creating opportunities to meet students where they are at regarding their educational needs
In addition to SWA classes, SWA students also participate in courses South Whidbey High School. This blended model helps prepare our students for the rigor and responsibility of school and life success.
No Child Left Inside
The South Whidbey School District is partnering with Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) after Y-WE was awarded a "No Child Left Inside" grant through the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
According to Susie Richards, S.W. Elementary Assistant Principal and No Child Left Inside Program Coordinator for the district, the program will include four expeditionary learning experiences during the school year. The first program will be based at Camp Casey Conference Center and will include the entire 8th grade, engaging in a range of environmentally focused learning rotations.  
The next expedition will be held at Deception Pass State Park in the Spring, and two additional programs will be held in Seattle, engaging in urban focused environmental and social justice programs. These programs will include 50 middle school girls who will be enrolled in the "No Child Left Inside" enrichment classes that will be held each Wednesday. The classes will be led by Susan Milan and Charlene Ray, both experienced environmental educators. 
Richards noted "We are thrilled to once again be partnering with Young Women Empowered. Two years ago, we engaged in the first No Child Left Inside program, working with South Whidbey Academy High School students and it is exciting to be continuing the program, focusing on our middle school students. We have a wide range of additional local partners who will be working with our students, including Whidbey Island Conservation District, Sound Water Stewards, Fort Casey State Park staff, Deception Pass State Park Staff, Whidbey Watershed Stewards, Charlene Ray, Ann Linnea, Maribeth Crandell (Island Transit) and Dana Sawyer of the Veteran's Resource Center."
You can learn more about Y-WE and the No Child Left Inside Program at:   http://youngwomenempowered.org/  and  https://www.rco.wa.gov/grants/ncli.shtml   
To learn more about the value of environmental education for young people please see this article:   https://naaee.org/eepro/research/eeworks/student-outcomes
Volunteers Wanted!
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.
Join your PTA!!!
Would you like to help us make a difference?
We need people like you!!!
There are two PTAs in the district.

Grades 7-12 PTSA
Contact Co-Presidents
Jamie Zundel and Karen Swegler
The Family Resource Center and the Readiness to Learn Foundation are available to help families experiencing financial challenges. To set up an appointment, please call (360)221-6808 ext 4321.
South Whidbey School Farms
The School Farms are ready to welcome students and teachers back for the new school year with an abundance of fresh vegetables, lush bean teepees, and outdoor spaces full of wonder and learning. The scarlet runner beans are almost at the top of their tipis, and carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, kale and a multitude of other veggies are all growing and ripening for the children in their farm classes, and for lunches at the cafeteria. Click  HERE  for more photos and info about the school farms.
Your Child's Health is important to us!!!

South Whidbey Food Service, through Chartwells, provides menus online, linked here. This is an interactive site with a free smartphone app. You can access the school menus anywhere at anytime. Free and reduced meals are available. If you feel you may qualify for the free or reduced lunch/breakfast program, please complete a Free and Reduced Meals form linked here. Return the form to your child's school. This form must be filled out annually.

Child Find Notification
In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004, the South Whidbey School District locates and evaluates children with disabilities. IDEA requires school districts to locate, evaluate and provide services for children birth to 21, who may have a disability.
Children age birth to 3 years that have a delay in development are eligible for early intervention services. The school district contracts with the Toddler Learning Center for this age group. For more information about the program, please contact Sharon with the Toddler Learning Center at 221-6808 x 4420.
If you have a preschool age child (3- 5 yrs.) that is not meeting typical development milestones and you would like to have them screened, the school district offers free screenings. Please contact Marie at the Special Education office at 360-221-6808 ext. 2206 for more information.
Kindergarten through Grade 12, please contact the school principal where your child attends school if you suspect a child of having disabilities and may need special education services.
South Whidbey School District serves all children (public school, private school, home school) residing within their boundaries. A child may be referred by any source that has knowledge about the student.
If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact the district where you are staying to attend a screening.
For more information about Child Find refer to the OSPI web address referenced below:
If you would like more information about the Child Find process, please contact the Special Education Department at 360-221-6808 ext.2206   or refer to the Special Education website for helpful links and resources.

South Whidbey Community Center
Thank you to the 800+ people who came to Open House on August 10th to see what the center has to offer. A good time was had by all! 

Over 200 kids attended SumerFun activities of Monday Mindfulness, Tinkering Tuesday, Walking Wednesday, Tour Thursday, avd Science Friday. Watch for upcoming after school programming by visiting the website  southwhidbeycommunitycenter.org  and through PeachJar flyers. 

 Stop by to see the new location of the Family Resource Center in room 117 and check out all the other activities and programs on campus, too, including the Backyard indoor playground, Tiger Martial Arts, Skagit Valley College, and much more. There is lots to do and see! Beginning in September Center office hours are 9-5 Monday through Friday. We hope to see you soon!

The South Whidbey School District #206 does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities 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: Affirmative Action/Title IX/ RCW 28A.640 /RCW 28A.642 compliance officer, Dan Poolman, dpoolman@sw.wednet.edu , or Section 504/ADA coordinator, Dr. Jeff Fankhauser, jfankhauser@sw.wednet.edu , 5520 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA 98260, 360-221-6100