Team North Mason – Focused on Today and the Future
By Laura Boad, District 3
North Mason School District has much to celebrate as we enter 2014.
We are looking forward to the new high school, a new home for the alternative school and home school program, our middle school moving into a remodeled current high school and improvements at both elementary schools.
Once again, we thank the community for their support!
We celebrate our teaching staff district-wide, working diligently on the Key Work outlined in every building's School Success Plan. The collaboration time on Mondays that has been built into the school calendar allows teachers to focus on the five areas of Key Work:
1. Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
2. Highly Effective Instructional Practices in Every Classroom Every Day
3. Collaboration that Improves Student Learning
4. Whole Child Student Supports
5. Leadership that Improves Staff and Student Success
All five areas have sub-categories that define the goals in each building to reach the Key Work objective. The collaboration time on Monday is efficiently used by our teachers to improve student achievement. A detailed description is provided on the district website (www.nmsd.wednet.edu) on the “Welcome” page from Superintendent Peterson.
We celebrate our teachers who are independently improving their skills through the National Board Certification process. Congratulations to Sand Hill's Amy Radtke-Cowsert for earning her National Board Certification. This is a great accomplishment. Board certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards requires teachers to submit a four-part portfolio and a six-exercise content and assessment. The 10 entries document a teacher’s success in the classroom as evidenced by his or her students’ learning. The portfolio is then assessed by a national panel of peers.
Amy joins Team North Mason National Board Certified members Lisa Roberts, Connie Hostak, Jody Olson, Teresa McComber, Carol DeFeo, Adele Berg-Layton.
Emily Brown, a 1st grade teacher at Belfair Elementary, was recently spotlighted in the Kitsap Sun for her excellence in teaching. Emily was quoted as saying "I wish for every student to have high self-esteem and be successful in their life."
That is my goal as well. The collaboration time for teachers on Monday afternoons is critical in reaching that goal. Thank you for supporting their efforts to improve student success!