Message from the Principal

April 2017

Dear Washington Families,

As we move into spring, I would like to take this opportunity to offer information about upcoming state testing and a safety reminder to all of us who drive our students to and from school.

Safety
Because Washington is a neighborhood school, there are a large number of our children who walk, bike and get dropped off on or near campus.  This number will increase dramatically as the weather improves.  With that, here are some reminders when it comes to dropping-off, picking-up and parking.

Please follow traffic laws – some of the many violations we often see are: blocking traffic, double parking in the parking lot, parking in the pick-up/drop-off zone, parking in yellow zones, jaywalking, parking in disabled parking areas without a permit, and CHILDREN ENTERING OR EXITING CARS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET.

If we all follow the traffic laws we make it much safer for our children.  I greatly appreciate those who do even if it means a little less convenience – thank you!

State Testing
Following spring break our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will begin Smarter Balanced state tests in English language arts and math.  In addition, our 5th grade students will also take the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) in science.

This is the third year our state will administer the Smarter Balanced tests.  The results from these tests will give a more accurate picture of whether students are on track to be ready for college or career after high school than our state’s previous test.

Students take the test online.  Washington is scheduled to take the tests between April 24th and May 26th

For more information about the tests and to try out a practice test, visit www.k12.wa.us/smarter.

In partnership,

Keith Collins
Principal