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The Zillah School District would like to thank our community for supporting our schools. We would also like to extend a special thank you to our Levy Committee for all of their dedication and effort.

 

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Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed January as School Board Recognition Month. This marks the 21st year of the annual observance initiated by the National School Boards Association in 1995. Students and staff of the Zillah School District extend their appreciation to the Zillah School Board for their work in our community.

 

These volunteer school board members play a crucial role in developing policies and making tough decisions on complex educational and social issues. They are also directly accountable to the citizens in their districts, serving as a vital link between members of the community and their schools. Once again, thank you Chair Sandra Adams, Vice Chair Jeff Brady, Legislative Representative Chris Van Antwerp, Director Dennis Jones, and Director Darrin Belton for your dedicated work.

 

 

Zillah School District

 Maintenance and Operations Levy

Q & A Fact Sheet 2016

What is a Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levy? 

Maintenance and Operations levy is a special property tax that allows citizens a way to fund school programs not covered by state or federal dollars.  The approval of the M&O Levy in the Zillah School District allows the district to continue to maintain and operate educational programs to their current status.  The M&O Levy is not a new tax; it is a replacement(renewal of previously passed levy) tax that voters approve every two years. 

 

What is the length, the amount and property tax rate of the proposed Maintenance and Operations levy? 

On November 17, 2015 the Zillah School District Board of Directors approved by resolution the placing on an M&O Levy on the February 9, 2016 election.

Amount:          $775,000

Length:            2 years--tax years 2017, 2018

Rate:                $1.96/$1,000

What was the amount and rate of the 2014 M&O Levy?

The Board has decided to keep the amount of the levy the same as in past years and because of increased property value within the Zillah School District the rate/$1,000 has decreased from 2014.

2014 Levy Amount and Rate                         2016 Levy Amount and Rate

Amount:          $775,000                                 Amount:          $775,000

Rate:                $2.11                                      Rate:                $1.96

What is levy equalization and how does it impact the Zillah School District?         

Levy equalization provides funds to low property valuation school districts.  The Zillah School District is considered by the state to be a low property valuation district.  School Districts must pass their levy in order to receive the state equalization funds.  The Zillah School District would receive approximately $1,000,000 in levy equalization funds each year from the state.

What does the Zillah School District use the M&O levy funds for?                           The levy funds educational programs and offerings that fall outside the states definition of basic education.

Instruction, Learning and Teaching

  • Smaller class size
  • Staffing not supported by state or federal funds Fine Arts, Physical Education, Character Education, Alternative Education, STEM
  • Advanced courses in math, science, social studies and English
  • Instructional materials-textbooks, supplies and materials
  • Staff Development-training, professional development
  • Equipment-computers, audio/video systems, copy machines, furniture

Facilities and Maintenance

  • Equipment-tools, vehicles, fuel
  • Grounds-mowers, irrigation systems, fertilizer, litter control
  • Buildings-HV/AV, repairs, carpets, paint
  • Technology-computers, infrastructure, student data systems, repairs, trouble shooting, monitoring

Operations

  • Custodial-staffing, equipment, supplies, materials
  • Utilities
  • Insurance
  • Legal assistance
  • Maintenance-staffing, equipment, supplies and materials
  • Transportation-buses, vans, cars, extra-curricular trips, drivers
  • Security and Safety Systems, ZPD officers on campus

Extra-curricular

  • Middle school and High school Athletics
  • Mighty Leopards
  • Drama, Pep Band
  • Advisors/Coaches-Stipends, supplemental contracts
  • Travel-transportation, meals, lodging
  • Equipment
  • Field maintenance
  • Security
  • Support of community programs (AAU, Grid Kids, Cal Ripken, Little Guys Wrestling, etc.)

What is the history of the Zillah School District M&O Levy?                                                

The patrons of the Zillah School District have the tradition of supporting their schools as evident by the Levy election results listed below. 

How does our tax rate compare to other Yakima county school districts?

Election Date Passed Percentage   District 2015 Levy Tax Rate
4/28/1998 67.7%   East Valley $3.41
2/29/2000 60.4%   Grandview $2.52
2/5/2002 69.6%   Granger $2.25
2/3/2004 63.3%   Highland $3.27
2/7/2006 65.5%   Naches $3.44
2/19/2008 64.6%   Selah $3.60
2/9/2010 70.69%   Toppenish $2.02
2/14/12 68.71%   Union Gap $2.48
2/11/14 72.90%   Wapato $1.92
      West Valley $2.86
      Yakima $3.11
      Zillah $2.02

                                                                                               

Is there a tax break for senior citizens and others?

YES, disabled persons and some senior citizens may qualify for a total exemption from payments of levy property taxes. Contact the Yakima County Assessor at 574-1100.

 

When will voters be asked to vote on the M&O Levy?  

The Zillah School District’s Maintenance and Operations Levy Election is part of the February 9, 2016 Special Elections. This is an all-mail in election.  Ballots will be mailed to registered Zillah School District voters on or about January 22, 2016.           

Need more information?                                                                                                 

Use the Zillah School District Levy Website:  www.zillahschools.org/levy or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ZSD Superintendent at 829-5911, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Title I and Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), includes English Language Learners (ELLs) in the state accountability system and require states to set performance targets referred to as Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) for English language profieciency.  Under seciton 3122(a)(3), Achievement Objectives and Accountability, the AMAOs for English language profieciency must include:

 

AMAO-1:  Annual increases in the number of percentage of children making progress in learning English.

AMAO-2:  Annual increases in the number or percentage of children attaining english proficiency.

AMAO-3:  The number or percentage of students meeting AYP targets in the reading and math ELL cell.

Section 3122(b)(2) of Title III requires States to apply accountability measures when district have not met the AMAO targets.

Each district must individually inform parents of ELLs eligible for Title III that the district did not meet one or more of the AMAO targets for the school year, as described in section 3122 of Title III.

 

AMAO Determination Parent Letter-English 

AMAO Determination Parent Letter-Spanish

Attachments:
Download this file (AMAO Parent Ltr Eng.pdf)AMAO Parent Ltr Eng.pdf[AMAO Determination Parent Letter-English]
Download this file (AMAO Parent Ltr Spn.pdf)AMAO Parent Ltr Spn.pdf[AMAO Determination Parent Letter-Spanish]

Zillah School District 213 Fourth Avenue, Zillah, Washington 98953 phone: (509) 829-5911 fax: (509) 829-6290

What are Supplemental Educational Services (SES)?

This is additional academic instruction to increase the academic achievement of students who are low income and who attend schools that have not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for 3 or more years.

• The per student allocation for SES free tutoring for the 2015-16 school year is $1,108.00.

• SES is in addition to instruction provided during the school day, and must be consistent with the content and instruction used by the school district. They are aligned with the State’s academic content and achievement standards.

• SES must be high quality, research-based, and specifically designed to increase student academic achievement.

• For the 2015-16 school year, students at the following schools who participate in free or reduced lunch are eligible to apply for free SES tutoring.

o Zillah Intermediate School

2015-16 Enrollment

Enrollment Window #1: October 5th-October 23th, 2015

• Enrollment Window #2: November 16

th-December 4th, 2015

Information about SES tutors from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

http://www.k12.wa.us/TitleI/SES.aspx

List of OSPI approved SES providers:

http://www.k12.wa.us/TitleI/SES/default.aspx

Zillah School District complies with federal law, 34 CFR Part 200, to ensure that free tutoring information is available to schools and parents during a minimum of 2 separate enrollment windows, at separate points during the school year, that are of sufficient length to enable parents of eligible students to make informed decisions about requesting SES and selecting a provider (Section 200.48 paragraph (d)(2)(i)(B)(3). The following information will be distributed and made available to schools, families, and/or providers during the 2014-15 school year:

• In October, letters and information (including an enrollment form) will be sent to families and schools informing them that free tutoring will be available for eligible students. The first open enrollment period will be October 5, 2015- October 23, 2015. The second enrollment window will be November 16, 2015- through December 4, 2015.

• Information about free tutoring remains in the lobby of the district office and Zillah Intermediate School from October 5, 2015-December 4, 2015.

• All enrollment forms received by the enrollment window deadlines are processed in October and December.

• For the first enrollment window, beginning the week of November 2, 2015 parent letters are mailed out to confirm enrollment.

• For the second enrollment window, beginning the week of December 14, 2015 parent letters are mailed out to confirm enrollment.

• Monitoring/review of student learning plans, enrollment learning plans, and progress reports, continues throughout the year.

• June 2016, a survey is sent to all parents of SES enrolled students.

• Providers submit summary data for all students served by June 15, 2016.

• SES provider summary report is completed and submitted to OSPI before June 30, 2016.

If you have questions about Supplemental Educational Services, please contact:

Superintendent, Zillah School District, Kevin McKay, 509-829-5911, 509-829-5943 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Supplemental Educational Services Coordinator, Cindy Gamache, 509-829-5911, 509-829-5943 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Principal, Zillah Intermediate School, Paula Dasso, 509-829-5555, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WELCOME BACK

Dear Students, Parents and Community Members,

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the staff of the Zillah School District I would like to welcome you back to the 2015-16 school year. It is our mission to provide each student with high quality educational opportunities that will allow them to successfully graduate from high school and prepare them for their future. We also share the following statements about public education and the Zillah School District:

  • Education is the foundation for a successful life.
  • All children can learn and achieve academic success.
  • School facilities must be safe, healthy and clean.
  • Parents must be involved and engaged in their child’s education.
  • District employees must be professional, caring and flexible.
  • Children need to be exposed to and involved in a variety of educational opportunities.
  • Community involvement and support is imperative for successful schools.

If you have questions, concerns or ways that we can improve our schools please don’t hesitate to contact the schools and/or the administration office.

Hilton Elementary School       829-5400

Zillah Intermediate School     829-5555

Zillah Middle School              829-5511

ZillahHigh School                  829-5565

Administration Office            829-5911

Sincerely,

Kevin McKay, Superintendent

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www.zillahschools.org 

 

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It's Time to Register!

 Registration Packet

Please bring a copy of your child's state issued birth certificate, immunization record and proof of residence (utility bill that includes physical address and guardians name on statement) along with completed registration packet to the district office at

213 Fourth Avenue Zillah (for more information call 509-829-5911).

Title I, Part A 

Title I, Part A is a federal program that serves the unique needs of children  — kindergarten to grade 12 — who struggle to learn. Title I programs and  services provide customized instruction and curricula that helps these students  meet academic standards and take an active, engaged interest in what they learn  and can do. As the oldest and largest federal education program, Title I  programs build equity of opportunity for children whose struggles often keep  them on the academic sidelines.

 

District and School Improvement

-Adequate Yearly Progress(AYP)-sets a standard for accountability, which measures states, schools and districts by the results of state-level tests in 2 main content areas — math and reading. AYP uses this assessment data to measure the academic performance of all students, including subgroups such as children whose families qualify as low-income. The goal — all students reach 100% proficiency math and reading, beginning in 2014.

-Public School Choice(PSC)-Beginning with the first year of improvement schools must offer public school choice - an important provision of the federal Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA) that offers families an alternative to keeping their student in a low-performain school.  PSC is a program unique to schools that operate a Title I, part A program.

-Supplemental Education Services (SES)-In step 2 of a school improvement program, the district must offer opportunities for additional instruction -- supplemental educational services -- designed to increase academic achievement. SES are unique to schools that operate a Title I, Part A program, and available to students whose families qualify as low income and who rank as lowest-achieving.

2015-2016

   

   Certified Employee                  Student of the Year               Classified Employee

      Caren Moritz                           Madison Carter                        Sandy Ravine

 

 

Hilton Elementary School

Parent Involvement Plan

Doug Burge, Principal

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509-829-5400

 

This plan has been developed to support Hilton Elementary School Goal #5: To continue efforts to work on enhancing communication.

1.  Annual Meeting: An annual meeting will take place at Hilton Elementary School to inform parents of the parent involvement plan.

  a. This meeting will occur at the first scheduled Parent Association Meeting of the year. It will be in the evening so the parents will be available to attend.

  b. It will be held in September or prior to the beginning of the academic school year.

  c.  Items to be shared:

    1) Student/Teacher/Parent Compact

    2) Methods of communication to be used throughout the year

    3) Calendar of events for the school year

    4) Input for activities at HES

2.  Methods of involvoing parents:  This include3s the differnt ways that parents can be involved with their student and their education.

  a. Parent/Teacher conferences

  b. Volunteers in classrooms

  c. School Activity Nights

  d. Hilton Parent Association

  e. School field trips, class projects

3.  What the school will provide for parents:

  a. Timely information about school programs

  b. Weekly email letter/school information to parents

  c. Monthly newsletter of school events and happenings

  d. Curriculum information/Grade level expectations

  e. Forms of assessment

  f. Information on special programs/school opportunities

  g. Parent access for report card data, attendance, food service

4. Shared responsibilities for student success:

  a. A Student/Teacher/Parent Compact outlining:    1) Shared responsibility for improvement of student achievement

    2) Supporting school discipline policies and rules of behavior

    3) Monitoring attendance

    4) Monitoring homework completion

    5) Participating in activities with child when appropriate

    6) Maintaining communication between school and parents on an ongoing basis

    7) Monitoring positive use of child’s time to help meet school responsibilities

    8) Frequent reports on children’s progress

    9) Reasonable access to staff

    10) Parent/Teacher Conferences

5. To build capacity for parent involvment Hilton:

  a. Will provide assistance to parents as appropriate to understand:

    1) State academic achievement standards

    2) State assessment standards

    3) State assessments

    4) How to monitor student progress and work with educators in that monitoring

  b. Will work with parents to give them opportunities to help improve their students achievement at school

  c. Will educate staff, in the value and utility of the contributions of parents and keep a focus on communication and working with  parents as partners in our school

  d. Will ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of eligible students in a format that the parents are able to understand

  e. May support local parental involvement activities, including childcare, translation, or transportation of students, to enable parent involvement in school activities.

  f. May train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents.

  g. May arrange flexible meeting times for staff and parents in order to maximize parental involvement and participation.

          Describe the strategies planned to increase meaningful parental/family involvement that is designed to enhance

          home/school partnerships and improve student learning.

            *Parent Association membership

            *Involvement in their child’s academic achievement

            *Attend building activities and programs that promote the importance of family

                involvement with school

            *Involve parents in building teams where appropriate

            *Collaborate with community based organizations to provide opportunities for

                our parents

Describe the activities planned to carry out the strategies.

All parents are encouraged to participate in school wide activities and programs. We will do our best to have available staff to provide interpretation and translation services for parents. Written information will be provided in English and Spanish as needed.

School activities include: Student/Parent/Teacher Compacts, School expectations, Family academic nights, newsletters, school programs, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Classroom and school volunteers, Parent Association, and our Mentoring program.

Zillah Middle School

Parent Involvement Plan

Justin Irion, Principal

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509-829-5511

 

 

 

This plan has been developed to raise the level of communication and involvement for parents at Zillah Middle School

1. Annual Meeting: An annual meeting will take place at Zillah Middle School to inform parents of the Parent Involvement Plan.

  a. This meeting will occur in the evening so that parents will be able to attend.

  b. It will be held in September or prior to the beginning of the academic school year.

  c. Items to be shared:

    i) Methods of communication to be used throughout the year

    ii) Activities on the calendar for upcoming year

    iii) Input for activities

2.Methods of Involving Parents: this section includes the different ways that parents have to be involved in their students’ education.

  a. Parent-Teacher conferences

  b. Volunteer in classrooms

  c. Math, Library, and similar nights

  d. Parent Teacher Association

3. What the school will provide for parents:

  a. Timely information about programs

  b. Explanation of curriculum used in school

  c. Forms of assessment

  d. Proficiency levels students are expected to attain:

4. Shared responsibilities for student success:

  a.  A student/teacher/parent compact outlining:

    i)     Shared responsibility for improvement of student achievement

    ii)    Monitoring attendance

    iii)   Monitoring homework completion

    iv)   Monitoring television watching

    v)    Volunteering in their child's classroom when appropriate

    vi)   Participating in activities with child when appropriate

    vii)  Monitoring positive use of child's extracurricular time

    viii) Maintaining communication between school and parents on an ongoing basis

    ix)  Parent teacher conferences

    x)   Frequent reports on children's progress

    xi)  Reasonable access to staff

5. To build capacity for parental involvement Zillah Intermediate:

  a. Will provide assistance to parents served as approprieate to understand:

    i)   State academic achievement standards

    ii)  State assessment standards

    iii) State assessments

    iv) How to monitor student progress and work with educators in that monitoring

  b. Will provide training opportunities to help parents improve their student's achievement when appropriate in areas such as:

    i)  Literacy

    ii) Technology

  c. Will educate staff, in the value and utility of the contributions of parents AND educate staff in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners.

  d. Will ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of eligible students in a format that the parents are able to understand.

  e. May support local parental involvement activities, including childcare, translation, or transportation of students, to enable parent involvement in school activities.

  f. May arrange flexible meeting times for staff and parents in order to maximize parental involvement and participation.

  g. May adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement.

Zillah Intermediate strategies and activities for parent involvement are delineated in the following list (A-F) and table.

     Parent Involvement

          A.  Interdisciplinary Teams scheduled to make presentations at PTSA Meetings

          B.  Family Nights

          C.  Interactive Family Math Nights

          D.  Parent conferences for all students in the fall and spring

          E.  Parent/Teacher/Student Contracts for students at risk of failure

          F.  Family potlucks for student recognition

          G.  Newsletters/brouchures/for parents and families

             

Parent Involvement

Activity

When

Who

Assessment Nights

Fall/Winter

Teams/Principal/Counselors

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Fall/Spring ~Oct./March

All staff/admin.

Parent Newsletter

Quarterly

Principal/Teams

Parent Surveys

Fall/Spring

 

Math Family Nights

Quarterly

Math Team

Team Recognition Potlucks

2 per year

Teams

Migrant Parent Meetings Quarterly District/Migrant Coodinator
Parent Classroom Volunteers Ongoing Teams/All Staff/Admin.
     

 

 

Zillah Intermediate School                                                                                                                              

Parent Involvement Plan

Paula Dasso, Principal

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509-829-5555

 

This plan has been developed to support Zillah School District: Engage families and the community in supporting the instructional focus and student attendance.

 

1. Annual Meeting: An annual meeting will take place at Zillah Intermediate School to inform parents of the Parent Involvement Plan.

  a. This meeting will occur in the evening so that parents will be able to attend.

  b. It will be held in September or prior to the beginning of the academic school year.

  c. Items to be shared:

    i) Student/teacher/parent handbook

    ii) Methods of communication to be used throughout the year

    iii) Activities on the calendar for upcoming year

    iv) Input for activities

2. Methods of Involving Parents: this section includes the different ways that parents have to be involved in their students’ education.

  a. Parent-Teacher conferences

  b. Volunteer in classrooms

  c. Math, Library, and similar nights

  d. Parent Teacher Association

3. What the school will provide for parents:

  a. Timely information about programs

  b. Explanation of curriculum used in school

  c. Forms of assessment

  d. Proficiency levels students are expected to attain:

4. Shared responsibilities for student success:

  a. Shared responsibility for improvement of student achievement

  b. Monitoring attendance

  c. Monitoring homework completion

  d. Monitoring television watching

  e. Volunteering in their child's classroom when appropriate

  f. Participating in activities with child when appropriate

  g. Monitoring positive use of child's extracurricular time

  h. Maintaining communication between school and parents on an ongoing basis

  i. Parent teacher conferences

  j. Frequent reports on children's progress

  k. Reasonable access to staff

5. To build capacity for parental involvement Zillah Intermediate:

  a. Will provide assistance to parents served as approprieate to understand:

    i) State academic achievement standards

    ii) State assessment standards

    iii) State assessments

    iv) How to monitor student progress and work with educators in that monitoring

  b. Will provide training opportunities to help parents improve their student's achievement when appropriate in areas such as:

    i) Literacy

    ii) Technology

  c. Will educate staff, in the value and utility of the contributions of parents AND educate staff in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners.

  d. Will ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of eligible students in a format that the parents are able to understand.

  e. May support local parental involvement activities, including childcare, translation, or transportation of students, to enable parent involvement in school activities.

  f. May arrange flexible meeting times for staff and parents in order to maximize parental involvement and participation.

  g. May adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement.

Zillah Intermediate strategies and activities for parent involvement are delineated in the following list (A-F) and table.

     Parent Involvement

          A.  Interdisciplinary Teams scheduled to make presentations at PTSA Meetings

          B.  Parent conferences for all students in the fall and spring

          C.  Parent/Teacher/Student Contracts for students at risk of failure

          D.  Newsletters

          E.  Develop strategies to make every parent comfortable entering school site

              --Front Desk

              --Front Door

          F.  State Assessment Night

              --Tips for Parents

              --How to help your child succeed

Parent Involvement

Activity

When

Who

WASL Nights

Spring

Teams/Principal./Counselors

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Fall/Spring ~Oct./March

All staff/admin.

Migrant Parent Meetings

Quarterly

District/Migrant Coordinator

Parent Classroom Volunteers

Ongoing

Teams

Open House

Prior to first day

All Staff / Students

 

 

 

 

ZILLAH HIGH SCHOOL

Home of the Leopards

Mike Torres, Principal

1602 Second Avenue, Zillah, WA 98953-9682

Phone: (509) 829-5565

Fax: (509) 829-5285

 

Zillah High School

Parent Involvement Plan

This plan has been developed to support Zillah High School’s Goal: To continue efforts to work on enhancing communication.

1. Annual Meeting: An annual meeting will take place at Zillah High School to inform parents of the parent involvement plan.

  a. This meeting will occur at the first scheduled Parent Association Meeting of the year. It will be in the evening so the parents will be available to attend.

  b. It will be held in September

  c. Items to be shared:

    1) Student/Teacher/Parent Compact

    2) Methods of communication to be used throughout the year

    3) Calendar of events for the school year

    4) Input for activities at ZHS

2. Methods of involving parents: this includes the different ways that parents can be

involved with their student and their education.

  a. Parent/Teacher Conferences

  b. Volunteers in classrooms

  c. School Activity Nights

  d. ZHS Parent Association

  e. School Field Trips, class projects, activity events

3. What the school will provide for parents:

  a. Timely information about school programs

  b. Weekly email letter/school information to parents

  c. Monthly newsletter of school events and happenings

  d. Curriculum information/Grade level expectations

  e. Forms of assessment

  f. Information on special programs/school opportunities

  g. Online parent access for report card data, attendance, food service

  h. Proficiency levels students are expected to attain.

4. Shared responsibilities for student success:

  a. A Student/Teacher/Parent Compact outlining:

    1) Shared responsibility for improvement of student achievement

    2) Supporting school discipline policies and rules of behavior

    3) Monitoring attendance

    4) Monitoring homework completion

    5) Participating in activities with child when appropriate

    6) Maintaining communication between school and parents on an ongoing basis

    7) Monitoring positive use of child’s time to help meet school responsibilities

    8) Frequent reports on children’s progress

    9) Reasonable access to staff

   10) Parent/Teacher Conferences

5. To build capacity for parent involvement at ZHS:

  a. Will provide assistance to parents as appropriate to understand:

    1) State academic achievement standards

    2) State assessment standards

    3) State assessments

    4) How to monitor student progress and work with educators in that monitoring

    5) Graduation requirements

    6) 4-year Academic Plans

  b. Will work with parents to give them opportunities to help improve their students achievement at school

  c. Will educate staff, in the value and utility of the contributions of parents and keep a focus on communication and working with parents as partners in our school

  d. Will ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of eligible students in a format that the   parents are able to understand

  e. May support local parental involvement activities, translation, or transportation of students, to enable parent involvement in school activities.

  f. May train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents.

  g. May arrange flexible meeting times for staff and parents in order to

maximize parental involvement and participation.

Describe the strategies planned to increase meaningful parental/family involvement that is designed to enhance home/school partnerships and improve student learning.

 *Parent Association membership

 *Involvement in their child’s academic achievement

 *Attend building activities and programs that promote the importance of family involvement with school

 *Involve parents in building teams where appropriate

 *Collaborate with community based organizations to provide opportunities for our parents

Describe the activities planned to carry out the strategies.

All parents are encouraged to participate in school wide activities and programs. We will do our best to have available staff to provide interpretation and translation services for parents. Written information will be provided in English and Spanish as needed.

School activities include: Student/Parent/Teacher Compacts, School expectations, School Orientation programs, newsletters, school programs, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Classroom and school volunteers, Parent Associatio

 

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Starting in the spring of the 2014-15 school year, students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the new Smarter Balanced tests aligned to the Washington State Learning Standards in English language arts (ELA) and math.

 

Why is the state assessment changing?

  • The state assessment is one of many assessments we give our students to keep track of their learning.  All major decisions about a student are based on multiple pieces of information about the student's achievement.
  • The purpose of the state assessment is to measure how well all our students are progressing on learning the state standards.
  • Standards are statements of what students need to know and be able to do at each grade level, and are designed to prepare our students for being successful in whatever future they choose.
  • We must prepare all our students to live and work successfully in the world of the future, one of constant change and innovations.
  • Washington State first developed state standards in the 1990's.
  • These standards have been revised a few times since then, to keep up with the changing times.
  • In 2011, Washington State adopted a new set of state standards, called the Common Core State Standards, to be fully implemented in 2014-15.
  • The Common Core Standards were developed by teachers, content experts, and state leaders from across the country.
  • They have been adopted by more than 45 states.
  • The Common Core Standards are designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of subject matter, think critically, and apply what they learn to the real world.  Video: http://www.k12.wa.us/CoreStandards/default.aspx
  • The state assessment is changing in order to measure our students' progress on the new Common Core State Standards, designed to help students be ready for college and career.
  • The new assessment is called the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA).

What does the Smarter Balanced Assessment Look Like?

  • The Smarter Balanced Assessment is administered online, using "adaptive" testing and will provide achievement scores and growth information for individual students and groups.
  • The assessment will be given in grades 3-8 and 11.
  • For grades 3-8 it will replace the MSP in reading, writing and math.
  • For high school it will replace HSPE/EOCs in a phased-in approach (SBA will be a graduation requirement for the Class of 2019 when they reach 11th grade).
  • Science MSP will continue to be given in grades 5 and 8, and Biology EOC will be given in high school, until a new assessment for the Next Generation Science Standards is ready.
  • The Smarter Balanced Assessment has two subject area tests:
    • English/Language Arts
      • Reading across the content areas
      • Writing
      • Listening
      • Research/Inquiry
    • Mathematics
      • Understanding of math concepts
      • Math skills and fluency
      • Application to real-life problems
  • The test is not timed.
  • Estimated times vary by grade level from about 3-4.5 hours per subject area test.
  • Students may take each subject area test over 1 to 3 days.
  • Many online tools are built into the Smarter Balanced Assessment, such as:
    • Highlighter
    • Calculator
    • Zoom
    • Digital notepad
    • English dictionary and glossary

In addition, all students will be allowed to have scratch paper, protractor, ruler, and other tools.

  • The Smarter Balanced Assessment includes a variety of types of questions:
    • Multiple choice
    • Short answer
    • Technolgoy-enhanced items
    • Performance tasks - Questions with multiple parts, including short answers and essays, based on a real-world situation
  • Accommodations will be available for student with disabilities and for those who are English Language Learners (ELL) in a similar way as on the current state tests, such as:
    • ASL
    • Braille
    • Text to speech
    • Translations
    • Bilingual dictionaries
  • Alternative assessments will continue to be available for students with disabilites at all tested grade levels.
  • Alternative options for high school graduation will also continue to be available, for students who have difficulty in a standard testing environment.

For more information on the Smarter Balanced Assessment please visit: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/

 

Family Resources

Ready Washington is a coalition of state and local education agencies, associations and advocacy organizations that support college-and career-ready learning standards and assessments:  Comon Core State Standards, next Generation Science Standards and Smarter Balanced assessments.

Common Core State Standards

     -Video series

     -Webinar series

     -Parents'Guides to Student Success

     -Common Core State Standards: What Parents Should Know

  • Council for Great City Schools (available in Spanish)

     -Parent Roadmaps (PDFs)

     -Videos and public service announcements

     -Top 8 Questions Parents Ask Teachers (PDF)

 

 

Friday October 31, 2014

Students, Parents, Staff and Community Members,

The October 21, 2014 tragedy at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, in Marysville WA is another reminder of the challenges we face in the world in which we live. As many of us watch the news reports and read social medial about this incident, it’s natural for each of us to struggle to understand how something like this could happen. It’s also natural at a time like this that we think about the safety of our own children.The safety of students in Zillah is our highest priority. We continually evaluate and look for ways to make improvements. Here are a few of the actions we are taking to improve the safety of our students and staff:

  • Our students and staff regularly practice lockdown and evacuation drills in preparation for emergencies.
  • Our staff has been trained by local law enforcement about what to do in the event of a school crisis.
  • We have close working relationships with local law enforcement and have provided all police and fire departments with details about each of our school buildings that would be useful should they need to respond to such an emergency.
  • We have close working relationship with school districts within the Yakima Valley to share ideas, resources and solutions to safety and security challenges.
  • We are making every effort to improve how we manage access to our buildings and schools.
  • We have made improvements in security camera systems, door locking systems, fencing at all schools.
  • We have made a multi-year commitment with the City of Zillah to employ a School Resource Officer.
  • We have added staff to provide greater supervision.

Open communication between home and school is also critical to the safety and well-being of our students and your children. Be observant and let us know if you see or hear something that makes you feel uncomfortable, nervous or frightened. Please contact us if you have a concern or question about school policies, your child’s safety or resources to help you in talking with your child about the tragedy in Marysville.

Kevin McKay

Superintendent

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509-829-5911

                     

Zillah School District

 

Highly Capable Program

 

 

Program Descriptions, Referral Form,

 

& Parent Permission

             

         

Highly Capable Student Definition

As defined in WAC 392-170-035, highly capable students are students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within students' general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain. These students are present not only in the general populace, but are present within all protected classes according to chapters 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW.  

As defined in WAC 392-170-036, the term learning characteristics means that students who are highly capable may possess, but are not limited to, these learning characteristics:

Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations; Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers; Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts; Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.

Program Descriptions

Beginning with school year (2014-2015), a new law passed by the Washington Legislature requiring all school districts to identify their "most highly capable" students and provide a continuum of services to those students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. The new law also includes specific language for districts around identifying their "most highly capable" students. Children who demonstrate exceptional ability, exceed grade level standards in literacy and/or math, demonstrate exceptional creativity, and possess strong motivation to excel are good candidates for the Zillah School District’s Highly Capable Program.

As a result of this new legislation, the ZSD Highly Capable Program has been completely redesigned and will be fully implemented starting in the 2014-15 school year.   The ZSD Highly Capable Program will provide an educational experience for K-12 students that will meet the needs of students who have exceptional ability by offering challenging and enriching learning experiences that may include the following; differentiated instruction, flexible grouping, curriculum compacting, and enrichment.  

The ZSD Highly Capable Program will offer the following learning opportunities:

Kindergarten-Grades 5: Highly Capable students will be provided instruction in an accelerated and enhanced instructional design using flexible grouping or curriculum compacting. Highly Capable students will also receive differentiated instruction, enrichment opportunities, as well as other program services.

Grades 6-8: In addition to the menu of option listed in grade K-5, Highly Capable students in grades 6-8 will be provided learning opportunities using accelerated and enhanced instructional design and advanced course placement.  

Grades 9-12: In addition to the menu of option listed in grade K-5 and 6-8, Highly Capable students in high school will be provided learning opportunities using accelerated and enhanced instructional design and advanced course placement.

Annual Public Notification

The Zillah School District will notify parents and students before any major identification activity. Notices will be published on the district website and by other district communication methods that are used to widely communicate to parents across the district. Information will also be made available in every building in the district and translated in languages spoken by the communities whose students attend Zillah schools.

Referral Timeline

The referral timeline begins with the start of the school year with an open enrollment period that will conclude December 1 with screening, assessment and selection to follow.

Referral Process

Anyone may refer a student for testing for the highly capable program. Referrals can
come from parents, teachers, school specialists, friends, family, community members, or even the student them self. Referral forms are available below
and in each school building main office.

Parent Referral Forms and Permissions

All parents (if not the originator of the referral form) must complete a referral form and give permission for the student to be tested and potentially placed in highly capable programs. Referral forms are available below and in each school building main office.

Teacher Referrals & Feedback Forms

Teachers complete a Teacher Referral & Feedback Form for every one of their students that have been referred for testing. These are available in the school office. Teacher Feedback Forms are then made available to the Multidisciplinary Selection Committee during the screening, assessment and selection processes.

Multidisciplinary Selection Committee (MSC)

As outlined in WAC 392-170-070, the Highly Capable Committee will include a classroom teacher, a psychologist, certificated coordinator/administrator, and possibly other appointed district personnel. The multidisciplinary selection committee reviews all the data collected through the screening and assessment process.

Screening Process

The screening process is the first process in determining if the referred student is among the “most highly capable”. These students will demonstrate exceptional ability, exceed grade level standards in literacy and/or math and possess a strong motivation to excel. These students will be considered good candidates for the HC Program. The district will begin screening referred student’s after December 1. The multi-disciplinary selection committee must meet and review Academic Achievement Test Scores from State and/or District Benchmark Assessments in Reading and Math for each student referral.

Grades 3-11: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) students must score at or above grade level in ELA and math.

Grades K-8: easyCBM students must score at or above grade level in ELA and math.

Assessments & Selection Process

To qualify for the highly capable program, the following assessments are used:

Cognitive Assessment-Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV)-Measures a child’s intellectual ability. Norms are Scaled Scores by age, Index Scores, and Full-Scale IQ. Student work on the WISC-IV assessments often takes multiple weeks to be scored. Once a student has qualified for highly capable programs, they do not need to test again. If parents have any questions about placement, they are directed to call the school office at (509) 829-5911.

Creativity Assessment-The Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT) - is an instrument used for identification of the creatively gifted.

The Multidisciplinary Selection Committee trained in the interpretation of assessment results is convened to review the above mentioned data and make final selection decisions.

Parents will be notified via mail if their student has been selected for Highly Capable Program enrollment.

Retesting & Appeals

Students may re-test given the following conditions: If it has been over 9 months since the student was last tested and the student is enrolled in at least one grade level higher than when they were last tested. Appeals are considered annually for students who did not meet the criteria. The Multi- disciplinary selection committee will examine provided evidence of high ability and need for program placement. The deadline for appeals is 15 school days after the sending of the placement notification letter. Only testing done by Zillah School District will be considered by the committee. A decision will be made by the multi-disciplinary selection committee within 10 days after receipt of written request for reconsideration. The parent/legal guardian will be notified in writing of the selection committee’s decision.

Transfer Students

Students who transfer in from out-of-district and have qualified in that district’s highly capable program are not automatically enrolled.   Test scores and placement letters from the other district may be used as long as they meet our placement criteria. A fall testing opportunity for transferring in students will be available for students who come new to the district at the start of the school year. Students who qualify for highly capable programs in the Zillah School District are placed pending room and availability.

Notice of Non-Discrimination/Title IX

The Zillah School District complies with all federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular activities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district’s Title IX/RCW 28A.260/504/ADA compliance officer. 

 

Student Referral Form

Teacher Feedback Form

 

Web Links for Parents

National Assoc. for Gifted Children - Information for Parents & Educators

Washington Assoc. of Educators of the Talented & Gifted - WA state organization which supports the education of gifted and talented students.

OSPI - Highly Capable Program Information

RCW - Revised Code of Washington - Law that governs the Washington State Highly Capable Program

WAC - Washington Administrative Code - Provides guidance for development and delivery of highly capable program services.

Attachments:
Download this file (Teacher Feedback Form HCP.pdf)Teacher Feedback Form[ ]