School will be closed on Friday, March 29th for conferences.
Additional conferences may be held earlier in the week during the afternoon and/or evening hours.
At their regular monthly meeting on March 18th, 2019, the Board of Directors of Mary Walker School District voted unanimously to make a second change the school calendar by 'using' 1 (one) of the the 2 (two) scheduled conference days to make-up for the February 12th closure ... so, SCHOOL WILL BE IN SESSION ON THURSDAY, MARCH 28TH.
PLEASE NOTE: This is in addition to the previously re-scheduled snow make-up days of March 15th and May 3rd.
Everyone's a student, a teacher and a winner! Our 5th-graders are busy here showing off their presentations to our 3rd- and 4th-graders about the 'spheres': biospheres, geospheres, hydrospheres and atmospheres. Do you know the difference? They sure did! Fantastic job, everyone!
School Calendar Change:
Snow Make-Up Days for January Closures
SCHOOL WILL BE IN SESSION MARCH 15TH AND MAY 3RD ... WE WILL FOLLOW OUR REGULAR 1/2-DAY FRIDAY SCHEDULE FOR BOTH OF THESE DAYS.
In January, school closed for 2 (two) days (Monday, January 7th and Wednesday, January 9th) due to snow and ice conditions that we felt made travel unsafe for our students, their parents and our staff. As you know, the 2018-2019 school year calendar included only two (2) snow days: Friday, March 15th and Friday, May 3rd.
At their regular monthly meeting on January 15, 2019, the Board of Directors of Mary Walker School District voted unanimously to change the school calendar by 'using' the 2 (two) snow days to make-up for the January closures ... so, school will be in session March 15th and May 3rd... WE WILL FOLLOW OUR REGULAR 1/2-DAY FRIDAY SCHEDULE FOR BOTH OF THESE DAYS.
As you may remember, school was also closed for a third day (Tuesday, February 12th) due to snow and ice conditions ... and it's still snowing!
Our School Board and administrative staff are working together to determine the best approach to make-up the February 12th date, and are preparing for the possibility of adding additional snow make-up dates.
Words for Thought
Shared by Rick Winters, Superintendent
“Emma” wasn’t doing well academically. Her teachers said she was engaged in the lessons but retained nothing. A home visit by the elementary school social worker revealed that her parents left for work before she got up, and Emma was supposed to eat breakfast at school. But during a full-day observation, it was noted that she ate nothing in the morning and nothing at lunch.
Most classrooms have a child somewhat like Emma. It might be a student who does well on tests and assignments but often leaves excessive eraser marks because he is prone to perfectionism. Or there might be one who is late to school because of reoccurring stomachaches and often plays alone because she doesn’t feel that other children like her.
These are the students who, like Emma, get their schoolwork done and don’t create problems for others. But caring and observant adults at home or school might have a nagging feeling about needing to do something more.
Compassionate grown-ups seeing one of these children with just a few problems may hope that the youngster will “grow out of it’’ with a little love and extra attention. But for children like these, waiting, watching, and hoping is not the ideal option. These concerns may remain the same or even get worse as students move to middle school. Other options are more likely to promote effective coping strategies now and in the future.
We are located in Springdale, Washington, a rural community in the northeast part of the State. In addition to Springdale Preschool (traditional and ECEAP), our district consists of three (3) traditional schools: Springdale Elementary (K-5), Springdale Middle School (6-8) and Mary Walker High School (9-12). Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) education is also available.
You can check statewide air quality conditions at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/ . Local monitoring stations currently exist in Wellpinit, Inchelium, and Colville. There are neighboring monitor stations in Post Falls and Spokane.
Prepare all students for learning at the post-secondary level.
Message from our Superintendent
Every school year is a chance to begin a fresh start, with new goals, high expectations and wonderful plans for the future. Together I hope we will improve instruction, increase student learning, develop a pleasant environment and have a safe school year.
Our Schools are committed to helping all children develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes fundamental to achieving individual satisfaction and to becoming responsible, contributing citizens. The District promotes the development of intellectual, physical and creative competencies and skills of all students to reach their highest potential.
As superintendent, my vision is that every member of this district have access to resources that will provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skill and ability to achieve the level of success each member desires, in the endeavor they choose to pursue. Our goals, expectations and initiatives are designed to facilitate the achievement of that endeavor for each of us.
A caring and collaborative professional environment, high quality leadership, curriculum and goal alignment, focused intentional instruction with comprehensive data analysis of teaching and learning will prove most important in assisting us to continually meet the obligations of meeting today’s challenges.
As superintendent, I will promote and facilitate goal alignment within the admin team and attempt to relay to the staff proper communication for continued success in meeting the needs of all of our students.