Superintendent's Message

                      
 

April 17, 2020 Update

Hello,

I hope you are doing well during the "Stay Home, Save Lives", time requested by Governor Jay Inslee.

Federal, State and County COVID -19 update
I continue to hear of progress being made at the National, State and Clallam County levels in the battle with COVID-19. Our county health officer reported today that with two more week of discipline on our part that things will be be leveling off and even dropping off and there may be room for some relaxing of the current orders. Dr. Unthank continues to caution us that Clallam County is a county with many elderly and our discipline is very important for their health and safety.

Continuous Learning Update: CL2020
Staff continues to develop ways to deliver Continuous Learning 2020 (CL2020) as outlined by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. I continue to see great creativity on the part of staff as they focus on the "well-being" of students and their "academic growth" in that priority order. We have deployed almost 100 Chrome Books and I anticipate the district will spend close to $3000 on postage during the school closure as we work to provide equitable learning opportunities for students while utilizing a hybrid instructional model.

How is the food paid for?
By the end of next week the District will of provided over 2500 meals to children ages 2 to 18 in our community.

From time to time community members drop by the food pick-up areas and make donations to our food program. Those donations are appreciated and we use them for supporting some special needs as they come up. The meals we provide are reimbursed by the federal government, except for the weekend food. We will some of levy funds you graciously provided us in the last levy election to pay for some food costs related to the food program. In truth, if we were in school providing our full food program the costs would exceed the reimbursement and some levy funds support the food program in normal school times.

Continuous Learning Town-Hall Style Meetings:
I will continue to provide opportunities to gain your input during our "Continuous Learning" Town-Hall meetings on Wednesday nights at 5:30 PM. In an attempt to provide this opportunity and decrease the opportunity for a ZOOM crasher I will send the link on parent square at 5:15 PM just before the meeting on Wednesday night. Previously, I had been posting the link on our Web-Site and FACEBOOK as I wanted the open to community members that did not have children in the school district. If you know anyone that might want to join our ZOOM meetings, but is not on the Parent-square notifications have them call the office to see about gaining access to the meetings.

Report Cards/Working to Improve Parent Communication and Tracking Student Attendance
Report Cards will be mailed on Monday. Kathy Silva is working on the final printing and including a letter to parents with Skyward Access information and Google Classroom information. I have heard from a few parents that they are wanting to be sure that their child is doing the work expected and making the progress needed. I have talked with the teachers via e-mail and will talk more with them in our Monday morning ZOOM meeting about ways to be sure parents are feeling more comfortable and "in touch" with how their student is doing.

Beginning Monday we are going to be tracking student engagement/attendance and making contact with parents of students that are not present. This will work differently depending on the grade level of your student. We want to be sure that each student is participating/engaging in school at this time. I will be asked for this information by OSPI in the coming weeks, so I need to start collecting it. It is not a daily, hourly attendance; it is broader than that. I expect teachers to communicate the attendance practice for their class next week.

Does your student still have personal belonging at School?
Although we do not want large groups on campus at any time the office continues to be open from 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. Please call if you have questions or need to come to school to pick up some things. 360-928-3311

Facilities Work
We had a number of projects planned for this summer and with the closing of school we are going to begin some of them as soon as next week. One of the final projects of the Capital Projects levy that was approved four years ago was some sidewalk projects. They will begin that project next week. We have already completed a roof replacement on the Cafeteria/Band Room.

Thank you and Stay Safe and Healthy,

David Bingham, Superintendent 
 
 

April 6, 2020 Update - In-Person School Closed for Remainder of Year

Greetings and I hope you are all doing well on this first day back from Spring Break.

As you may of just heard, Governor Jay Inslee announced that school will not re-open on site during this school year. We will continue to provide instruction for your student (s)while they are "Staying Home and Healthy". With this announcement we will provide instruction in a distance/continual learning model for the balance of the school year.

Mrs. Carroll and I held a meeting with staff this morning via ZOOM where I stressed:
  • communication with students and parents. 
  • Let's celebrate the things we are doing for the students of the Crescent School District and build on them. 
  • Finally, we need to calm student and parent anxiety about academic expectations by ALL of us working together.

Teachers will provide
  • Student work
  • outline expectations, and timelines for learning opportunities for the balance of the school year. 
  • This will look different in K-5, Middle School and High School. 
  • This morning, Mrs. Carroll, Mrs. Lastovica and I discussed common expectation for each teachers in terms of "How much time"  a student should be spend in a learning setting each day.
I know that the teachers in K - 5 have set up a combination of paper and pencil work and are linking with students in electronic formats, such as video, email and phone calls.

Middle School staff have developed lessons that lean on the Google Classroom platform and our High School teachers are using a variety of platforms to offer continual learning for our students.

 I am amazed by the work that has been done by our teachers and the dedication they have shown to their mission to educate Crescent students.

Looking Forward:

We have  identified:
  • Food will continue to be available for the duration of the year, I think we have provided almost 1000 meals since the last week of March. REMEMBER YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE LOW INCOME TO PARTAKE IN THE FOOD SERVICE.
  •  adjusting  the High School continual learning model so  that a certain period of the school day will be emphasized on a particular day of the week.  
  • the USPS in is our friend and we will be mailing work to some families
  • that connectivity is a challenge for some of you as I found out today trying to help a family get linked in on a classroom meeting from the school parking lot. 
  • For Parents, Connectivity on the internet, meeting ID's, computer passwords are all things we will strive to support in the days and weeks to come.
In the words of a fellow superintendent, "we are building this model for instruction (airplane) while it is in the air. " 

Please continue to reach out to teachers and that staff as you need support.

Be Safe and Healthy,

David Bingham, Superintendent

 

March 19, 2020 Update

Students, Parents and Staff,

 

I hope that you are doing well and taking advantage of the beautiful weather we have been experiencing over the last few days.

 

I want you to know that schools have been directed by Governor Jay Inslee and OSPI to focus on the following items in this order of priority.

 

  • Food distribution
  • Providing Childcare for children whose parents work in the Medical Care services and first responders.
  • Working with the employee associations to develop contingency plans for school closure
  • Provide supplemental student opportunities

 

Food Distribution

We began delivering breakfast and lunch items to families that have requested it. Deliveries took longer than we had anticipated and we will make adjustments for tomorrow. If you are not receiving food and would like to receive it call the school office at 360-929-3311 and we will add you to the list.

 

Childcare

Our current guidance from OSPI for childcare is as follows:

 

“Districts should use the following definitions of “healthcare workers” and “first responders” as a helpful starting point: • Members of the healthcare workforce, as defined by the Washington State Medical Association, includes people who work in any setting where healthcare services, longterm care, long-term services and supports, or personal care are delivered.

 

This includes, but is not limited to, hospitals, clinics, behavioral health centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family homes, and personal homes. • First responders, as defined in RCW 70.54.430, includes firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical personnel, as licensed or certificated by the state.”

 

I have found that the YMCA is providing Childcare services and they currently have space available. You can contact Nancy King at 360-452-9244 x 102  for registration information. Nancy told me today that if you fit the above-mentioned guidelines that you would take priority. They have a maximum occupancy to allow them to adhere to the “Social Distancing” requirement that has been established because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Contingency Planning with the Employee Unions

I have been working closely with the Teachers (CEA) and Classified Employees (PSE) unions this week and we are very close to approving Memorandums of Understanding with both groups. This outlines options for working “remotely”, an understanding around sick leave should one of them become ill and the extension of the student school year to June 19, 2020.

 

I have found that staff are very willing to support our students during this school closure.

 

Providing supplemental or “Complementary” learning opportunities for our students.

In the earliest part of our planning, OPSI instructed us to be sure that student support during a school closure must be “Equitable”. For our students in grades K – 5 we have provided learning packets that will be updated in the days and weeks to come. The purpose of these packets is to help your child retain the information they have learned so far this year, keep them engaged in school and provide some routine for their day.  Beginning next week you will be contacted by your student’s teacher via, phone, email or even a video call.

 

For our students in grades 6 -12 we are using an electronic platform called Google Classroom to post and manage work that is designed to help your child retain the information that has been taught so this year, keep them engaged in school, and provide some routine for their day. For our students in grades 6 – 12 Chromebooks are available for checkout. Just contact school office (360-928-3311) if you would like access to a Chromebook. Our secondary teachers will also reach out to their students next week to check in on them. Students in grades 6 – 12 that may behind in their work for 3rd quarter can still complete those missing assignments and turn them in for credit. Contact your students’ teacher with questions about missing work and how to turn it in.

 

This is a time with extraordinary circumstances and our staff is working hard to adjust to them and provide you with the support you need. Please contact the school office if you have questions.

 

 

Thank you,

 

David L. Bingham

Superintendent

School Closure Update

March 16, 2020

 

Dear Staff and Families,

Friday, we received an order from the Governor’s Office and State Department of Health regarding Washington’s efforts to reduce the spread and effect of COVID-19. At 3:00 p.m. all Washington public schools will be closed through April 24 with all classes and events cancelled.

At Crescent, we are taking the following actions effective immediately and they will continue until further notice:

    • Parent/Teacher Conferences Canceled: Academic concerns will be communicated via email and ParentSquare. If you do not receive an email by the end of the day on Monday March 23, please contact the school.

    • Teaching Resources: Students will have access to learning resources during this extended break so their learning is not interrupted any more than necessary. Many of our teachers have posted activities to their Google Classroom sites. Others have sent home packets of materials with their students. These are not intended to replace classroom instruction but to serve as a supplement to the learning we don’t want students to forget before they return in April.

    • Chrome Books: We will be checking out Chrome Book laptops to many students in order to support their learning practices. We realize internet access is limited in our area so will try to support students with hot spots. However, parents need to know that internet filtering now done at school will need to be replaced by parent supervision at home.

    • Events and Travel: All field trips, staff travel, as well as indoor & outdoor events including athletic competitions are canceled until further notice.

    • Limiting Non-Essential Contact: As added precautions, volunteers and visitors will not be allowed at school. Parents may only be at school for essential business, arranged in advance.

  • Community Facility Use: We are suspending all community use of our facilities, fields, and campuses.
 

We will continue to let you know when changes are made that impact students, families, and staff. If you have any questions, please contact the school. For regular updates please visit our website, ParentSquare and Facebook.

Sincerely,

David Bingham
Superintendent

School Closure Announcement

March 13, 2020

Greetings this has been an eventful day in the history of education in the state of Washington, but I hope that you can find some calm in spite of the rapidly changing landscape around COVID-19. This is the first of what may be many communications over the next few weeks.

This afternoon Governor Jay Inslee announced that all schools in the state of Washington must close beginning Tuesday, March 17.

Crescent School will be open all day on Monday March 16 with classes meeting as scheduled. 

We are fully aware of the hardships this may cause for you and we are working on questions about:

  • Graduation requirements for our students
  • Co-curricular activities
  • Childcare for students whose parents work in the medical field or first responders.
 

Monday, your child will bring some supplemental materials to support them during the closure.  I expect that we will add to those materials as the closure continues. This will evolve over time and as we get guidance from OSPI and the Governor.

Food Service:  we are looking at offering up to 2 meals per day to anyone from ages 0-18 at no charge.  We will send information out to families next week with further details about service days, pick-up points and/or drop-off locations.  Please feel free to contact the school office at office@csd313.org or 360-928-3311 if you are experiencing specific hardship and we will see what our options are.

Today has been an emotional day for our teaching staff, they are very concerned about the welfare of your child during this closure, and they are committed to doing what they can do within the guidance they receive from our Principal, Therese Carroll, OSPI, the Governor and me.

Sincerely,

David L. Bingham
Superintendent

Crescent District Update:  Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

 

Dear Staff, Students, Parents and Families,

A little after 2PM today Governor Jay Inslee announced that the schools in Snohomish, King and Pierce County will close no later than the end of the day on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and be closed until April 24th.  When asked why he was not closing all schools in the state the governor stated that currently the incidences of COVID-19 in other parts of the state are low at this time. The Governor did say he could order the closure of additional schools if the safety need warranted more closures.

I am continuing to monitor the information as it comes in about the COVID-19 virus. It is important to know that as of the time of this writing there are not any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clallam County.  Tomorrow’s non-student day has been scheduled that way since the beginning of the year. Teachers will work and focus on ways to provide for the instructional needs of our students should there be significant student or staff absenteeism in the weeks to come.

This morning the superintendents of the five school districts of Clallam County met with Clallam County Health Officer Dr. Allison Unthank to discuss issues in our county and she continues her recommendation to keep schools in Clallam County open at this time. Dr. Unthank stated that closing schools in Clallam County could cause harm. Dr. Unthank has been very clear that we should be looking at the situation in Clallam County and today there is not evidence that school closure will be helpful.

Schools are clean. Often-touched surfaces are being wiped down frequently by custodial and other staff.  We stress hand washing, social distancing (6ft spaces), having sick people stay home and the student population is faring very well in relationship to COVID-19. Dr. Unthank continually stresses that if you are sick stay home, and keep your children home if they are sick.

Currently there is no evidence of significant community spread in Clallam County.  Closing schools at this time would negatively affect our students’ who rely on our food program, who have parents that work full time, and a long closure would have a significant negative impact on the academic progress of our students.

I will continue to provide updates via www.csd313.org, Parent Square and Facebook. This situation is very fluid and the recommendation to keep schools open could change with a declaration of the Governor or our County Health Department. In the event of a closure, I am working on our ability to provide food service or even a place for students to be during the day if their parents work full-time, but providing these services might not be seamless and begin the first day of a closure.

Most trainings that staff have been signed up for outside of the county are being cancelled.  We have also cancelled field trips to King County that were planned for next week and I anticipate further limiting student travel in the next couple of days.

Sincerely,

David Bingham
Crescent School District Superintendent

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February 27, 2020

Dear Crescent Families,

I hope you are enjoying the first signs of Spring and the longer daylight hours.

When events such as the Coronavirus occur on the world stage it seems to be so far from home, making it difficult to assess the level of precaution needed at any one time. In the hopes of providing information without causing alarm, I want to share that I am monitoring the situation on a daily basis.

You may have heard that a high school in Western Washington closed recently due to an “abundance of caution”. This closure was because of some global travel on the part of some staff members during the mid-winter break last week.

As related to our response and planning for the Crescent School District, I get updates and guidance from many sources:

  • Washington Department of Health (DOH)
  • The Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal
  • Clallam County Health Department
  • Olympic ESD 114
  • Our School Nurse, Corrie Matlock-Hightower
  • Clallam County Fire District #4 Chief/Paramedic, Greg Waters
 

Here is a link to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) website where they share a fact sheet for the Coronavirus:  https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

I will continue to provide pertinent information as I am updated.  Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions.

In closing, like for all health related issues, continue good hand washing, disinfect touched surfaces often, cover your cough, and if you have a fever stay home.

Thank you,

David Bingham
Superintendent

2019-2020 Mid-Year Update

Greetings,

 

A quick order of business:  Classes will be in session on February 3 and May 22 to make up the days we missed because of snow.

 

Now, on to the rest.  It is hard to believe that we are 50% of the way through the school year already!  It has been a busy fall and winter with increased district enrollment and new staff bringing many new faces to our campus.

 

In the first half of the year, a number of exciting things have happened:

 

  • As part of our Health and Wellness Strategic Plan goal, we have improved the quality and healthiness of our school breakfast and lunch program.
  • During first semester, the Culinary Arts class helped with lunch preparation in the school kitchen.
  • Community Member Joey Currie was recently appointed to the School Board.
  • In November, your Board of Directors was honored as a 2019 “Board of Distinction".
  • Our midyear bus inspection passed with zero infractions.
  • Another successful health inspection of our kitchen and food preparation practices was completed without any findings.
  • The Olympic Peninsula HomeConnections program was monitored this fall and we were found to be in compliance with the OSPI requirements.
  • Our Student Care committee continues to meet and develop ways to support our students.
  • The Logger Football Team once again qualified for the playoffs
  • The Boys Basketball Team is in the middle of a battle for a playoff spot.
  • Our Spanish III Class is very near its fundraising goal for their trip to Costa Rica.
  • Our growing band program has played at Football games, Basketball games and the November Veterans Day Assembly.
  • The district purchased new desks for a high school classroom.
  • As part of our efforts to provide more electives in the high school schedule, we are offering a forensics class during second semester.
 

Grants and other financial support for our program

The Haller Foundation, Gossett Foundation, First Federal Savings and Loan, 1st Security Bank, the Crescent Education Foundation, Sound Community Bank, Washington State Retirees Foundation and other anonymous donors have donated to our educational and co-curricular programs in the recent months.

 

Safe Routes to School Grant

The district just received word that we are a recipient of a “Safe Routes to School” grant from OSPI. The grant is valued at $30,000 and provides the district with 30 bikes, helmets, repair kits and a utility trailer to store and transport the bikes. Students learn about bike safety and road safety as part of the grant.

 

Immunizations/Nurse

We have a new school nurse, Corrie Matlock-Hightower, who began in the latter part of October and she has been busy updating student health plans and most recently looking at immunization records. The district mailed letters to parents/guardians of students whose records are not up to date or out of compliance with the new state requirements. Please contact the school office if you received a letter and have any questions.

 

Looking Ahead

  • The state testing will begin after spring break for students in grades 3 – 11. If you have specific questions about the testing please contact your student’s classroom teacher.
  • Mrs. Carroll is already working with staff to plan for the curricular needs for next year. The development of the K-12 master schedule is already in the works.
  • The district is planning for summer school and facilities work that will need to be completed this summer.

 

I hope that your student is having a great school year and if you have any questions please contact us.

 

David Bingham, Superintendent

 

 

2019-2020 School Year “The Year of Change”

It is an exciting time in our district as our board has just approved a new strategic plan that will be our guide through 2024. This has been a year-long work where many stakeholders have been able to provide their input. We have six goal areas that can be found here.  This plan will emphasize outdoor education, our school garden, community partnerships and healthy life styles.  The district budget will be aligned to support those goals.

 

At the end of the 2018-2019 school year our district has experienced more retirements at one time than I can remember in my thirty-three years as an employee in the district. We have hired a number of new teachers and will be hiring some office support staff as they are retiring. Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Therese Carroll as our new principal beginning July 1, 2019.  Mrs. Carroll has extensive experience both as an administrator and a teacher. For the past four years, she has taught Crescent High School Current World Problems, United States History, Civics, Pacific Northwest History, World History, Economics, World Geography, Sociology, and Psychology. Prior to coming to Crescent, Mrs. Carroll worked for the large urban Albuquerque Public Schools where she taught for eight years and was in administration for 18 years, serving as teacher, assistant principal, district administrator, and principal.

 

In the next few months, the board will be planning the levy renewal that we will ask our voters to approve in February of 2020. With the legislative reform known as the McCleary decision, there are some new rules related to how levy money can be used and I will be working with our business manager, Nora Martin, to answer your questions as we prepare for the levy vote.

 

Our staff has recently completed some safety training in the ALICE protocols to help us respond in the event of an emergency event. Our door lock replacement is 98% completed which is also enhancing the safety for staff and students on campus.

 

Our staff is working to improve the social-emotional support and access to services for our students through a program we call “Student Care”.  With a grant from Clallam County we have begun the Hope Squad program which is a peer-led Suicide Prevention program. This is under the direction of Sherri Jones and Katie Sikes.

 

I am pleased to announce that we have renewed our contract with the State of Washington for two more years providing us with a full-time Student Assistance professional and a partnership with the Crescent United Coalition program.

 

This summer we are completing additional facilities projects aimed at making our campus more accessible, safer and a bit cleaner. We will continue with this theme into the summer of 2020 with some additional projects.   Much of this is possible because of the voter-approved capital projects levy in February of 2016.

 

The elementary staff adopted a new math curriculum that they will begin using this fall. The district is continuing to purchase Chromebooks so that we can get more up-to-date technology into student hands. We have more and more teachers that are using the Google Classroom programs to assist them in providing quality lessons for our students.

 

There is a lot to be excited about as we prepare for the 2019-2020 school year!