Washington Evening Journal
111 North Marion Avenue
Washington, IA 52353
We are excited for the school year to start. There have been some great things taking place this summer that will only enhance the learning environment for our students. I want to thank all of our staff who work tirelessly throughout the summer to prepare for this school year. Without them, things wouldn’t go nearly as smoothly.
This year we will continue implementing our NESTT (Navigating Emotions and Stress Through Teaching) classrooms, which are paid for by the therapeutic grant. Last year was our first year with them, and they provided a lot of help for our students. The district also contracts with Grace C. Mae to offer mental health counseling services to students during the school day. The social-emotional health of our students and staff is of significant importance to us.
Stewart Elementary- Stewart welcomes a new principal this coming school year as Adam Miller moves to be the district special education director position. Michael Marsden was hired to take his place and comes to us from Keokuk, Iowa. He and his wife Linda, have three young children. He was the principal at Hawthorne Elementary School in Keokuk over the last six years.
Lincoln Elementary- This will be the second school year for Susan Lund as a principal. Last year, we did not have a principal in place last year when this article was distributed, and I want to make sure to recognize Mrs. Lund. Lincoln has a few small renovation projects this summer, but nothing like what we had last year.
Washington MS- The bond issue passed last year for the MS/HS New Addition/Renovation project. We will be working hard throughout the school year to get the final design plans in place for the building. We do have a few small renovation projects that took place over the summer to help our students.
Washington HS- We are in the middle of a $3.8 million HVAC project. It is projected to be mostly completed before the beginning of the school year. This project will provide a better learning environment for our students and staff with consistent temperature control and air handling capabilities to help improve air quality for the building.
Building Goals for the 2022-2023 school year:
●Literacy: Solidify and maintain literacy framework through reflections and checks.
●Math: Continue work on universal tier through implementation of Illustrative Math.
●Social/Emotional: Continue implementation of CKH.
●Behavior: Revisit implementation of PBIS Tier 1 and begin learning and implementation of Tier 2.
○90% of our students who were below benchmark will be progress monitored by the end of the school year.
○65% of students will be at or above benchmark on the aReading Screener by the end of the school year.
●Math: 75% of students will be at or above benchmark on the aMath Screener by the end of the school year.
●SEBH: Increase our positive to corrective feedback to students to 5:1 by the end of the school year.
●Literacy- Students will reach grade level benchmark on the spring aReading assessment based on the healthy indicator target goal. (30% of students not at benchmark in Fall and 95% of students at benchmark in Fall will reach or remain at benchmark in the Spring)
●Math- Students will reach grade level benchmark on the spring aMath assessment based on the healthy indicator target goal. (30% of students not at benchmark in Fall and 95% of students at benchmark in Fall will reach or remain at benchmark in the Spring)
●We will average 7 or fewer major behavior referrals per week during the school year.
●Increase the number of students on track to graduate from 88% to 90% (10 students)
●Increase the number of 9-12 students passing all classes from 81.38% to 87% by the end of 2023.
●Increase attendance from 89.27% to 95% by the end of 2023.
●Decrease major behavior referrals from 199 to 175 or by 12% by the end of 2023
The district will be focusing on the second year of Capturing Kids Hearts (CKH). CKH is a program that will help our staff make better connections with students and provide more social-emotional help for our students. We implemented this at the beginning of last school year, and we will work to continue implementation this year with fidelity. We want all of our students to feel welcomed in our district. This program helps us focus on creating relationships with all students and providing them with a safe and caring environment.
I want you to know; that the Washington Community School District Staff are dedicated to providing a robust, responsive, and engaging experience. Thank you again for trusting us with your most precious commodity!