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Teacher Walkout Day, Monday, June 1, 2015 - NO SCHOOL
Upcoming Events
 
Teacher Walk-Out June 1, 2015
Dear Ellensburg School District Families,

In a number of school districts in the state teachers have voted to take one-day walkouts to protest the legislature not fully funding basic education. Yesterday, Ellensburg School District teachers voted to also participate in a one-day walkout which will occur on Monday, June 1, 2015.  This walkout is directed at the state legislature and not the Ellensburg School District. In order to meet the 180 day requirement for our students, the district will have a full day of instruction on Friday, June 12, 2015 and the last day for the school year will be a minimal day on Monday, June 15, 2015 in which students will be released at 10:30 am. I understand that cancelling school on Monday, June 1, 2015 will impact the families of the Ellensburg School District, and I apologize for any inconvenience.  However, without the teachers in the classrooms, it would simply not be possible to have school.

I can sympathize with the teachers about the current lack of funding for basic education, the legislature’s failure to adopt an operating budget, and the increasing reliance on district resources to fund our daily operations. However, I cannot support a walkout knowing that the legislature is working hard to fully fund basic education, and the disruption that it may cause to our students and their families.

I want you to know that providing a high quality and safe learning environment is our priority, and I again apologize for any inconvenience to the students or the parents of the Ellensburg School District.

Sincerely,
 
Paul Farris, PhD
Superintendent
Ellensburg School District

 
Schematic Design Meeting from May 19th

Middle School Update

We have a middle school process update!

We are just beginning the three year process of building our community middle school. We want to ensure that we keep you up to date with the process of the new middle school. One of the things we will be doing is having interviews about the process.

Here is a list of what we have completed thus far:

  • Sale of Bond
  • Philosophical discussion and initial design planning with stakeholders 
  • Educational Specifications (educational needs only)
  • First meeting of the formal design team
  • General Contractor / Construction Manager solicitation and application (GC/CM)
  • GC/CM Interviews and Hiring

What is coming up in the near future as it relates to the public prior to building?

  • Public open house for the schematic design phase (every other Tuesday in the MMS Library at 4:30)
  • Bidding
  • Student open forum(s)
  • Survey of staff of other buildings
  • Public historical survey and discussions with stakeholders during the design phase
Explanation of the Educational Specifications Process: 


Explanation of the GC/CM Process: 


 
Explanation of the Design Process: 

Morgan Middle School Construction Manager Selected
On Wednesday, May 13, the School Board interviewed three candidates applying to be the general contractor for the Morgan Middle School project. All three candidates were highly qualified, so the Board had a difficult decision to make. The Board selected Graham Construction of Spokane as the general contractor (GCCM) for the project. If you would like to watch the interviews, please click here.
DON MAY, 2015 Teacher of the Year

Please join us in congratulating Don May as the Ellensburg School District Teacher of the Year for 2015!

Ellensburg High School Band Director Don May has been chosen by students, staff and community members as Ellensburg School District’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. Don received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from CWU in 1991, and his Masters in Music Education from CWU in 1999. He has taught in Ellensburg for 16 years. He currently teaches three middle school and two high school concert bands, HS jazz bands, HS street marching band, HS pep bands, as well as oversees a middle school jazz band. Don is passionate about his students’ success inside the classroom, as well as what they have going on in their lives outside the classroom in their day to day activities and home life. He always finds time for the students and their needs, and he does it with a smile on his face and positive words of encouragement. We are very proud to have Mr. May as a member of the Ellensburg School District staff.

Congratulations, Mr. May!   Don will be honored with a reception at Ellensburg High School on May 20th at 3:30 p.m.. Please RSVP to Heather Burfeind at 925-8314 if you would like to attend.

Ellensburg School District's photo.
New School Board Member selected
Let's welcome our new school board member, Dan Shissler, as he begins his work with the District. Dan was selected by the Board on April 22 and is being introduced very quickly to the roles and responsibilities of being a school board member. Dan comes with a background in construction so he is excited about working on the Morgan Middle School project. Welcome, Dan!
Surplus Property Sale
Our annual surplus property sale will be held on Monday, June 22, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Transportation Center. The public is invited to attend. If you have questions, please call Kari at 925-8003.
KINDERGARTEN NEWS!
Kindergarten registration packets are available at any elementary school office. To register, you will need your child's certified birth certificate, immunization record and proof of residency. Students must be five (5) years old on or before August 31, 2015 to qualify for the 2015-2016 kindergarten class.

In preparation for kindergarten, attached are Kindergarten Readiness Guidelines for parents to use to prepare your child for kindergarten. Help your child learn basic skills as they prepare to enter school!

Click here to view the Kindergarten Readiness Guidelines in Spanish.
 
Bond Passes! Thank You Ellensburg!
2013 - 2014 Annual Report is available
To view the report, click here. The report can also be found under the District Reports tab on the left side menu bar. More data can be found on the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) website at http:/www.12.wa.us.
WELCOME BACK STUDENT INFORMATION
Welcome back Ellensburg students! The first day of school for students will be Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Full-day kindergarten begins on Wednesday, September 10. Attached you will find helpful information for the upcoming school year. We are excited and looking forward to a great 2014-2015 school year!
2014-2015 Academic Calendar
Click here to view the 2014-2015 Academic Calendar
Parent Information and Required Notifications Handbook
FOR PARENTS
2015 - 2016 Academic Calendar
Click here to view the 2015-2016 Academic Calendar
Student Transfer to Non-Resident District
Click here to print the Student Transfer to Non-Resident District form
ONLINE CHOICE FORM REQUEST (attending Online only)
Click here to view the Online Choice form for attending an online school
ONLINE CHOICE INTER-DISTRICT RELEASE FORM (attending Online and Ellensburg)
Click here for the Online Choice form for attending an online school and attending Ellensburg School District
DECLARATION OF INTENT TO HOME SCHOOL 2015-2016
DECLARATION OF INTENT TO HOME SCHOOL 2014-2015
2014-2015 Fees and Fines
Click here to view the fees and fines for 2014-2015
2014-2015 Facility Fee Schedule
Click here to view the facility fee schedule for 2014-2015
RELEASE OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION OPT-OUT FORM
Click here to download the "opt-out" form.