Stanwood-Camano School District Information about Kindergarten Programs
Recently, the Washington State Legislature provided additional funding for full-time, everyday kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year, and will fund full-time kindergarten for all schools in the State starting in 2016-17. Three schools in the Stanwood-Camano School District were funded by the State this year. The schools are Twin City Elementary, Elger Bay Elementary, and Stanwood Elementary. On Wednesday, July 22nd, the School Board of Directors approved additional district funding to include full-time, everyday kindergarten at Utsalady and Cedarhome Elementary Schools. This decision was based on research, which supports the benefits of full-time kindergarten for all children. Providing full-time kindergarten has been a long time goal for the School Board of Directors because it gives all students a great start to their school career.
The Stanwood-Camano School District is looking forward to expanding the half-time kindergarten program to full-time in the 2015-16 school year. This increase in time will bring some fundamental changes to our kindergarten classrooms. The district is busy preparing for these changes and is excited about the opportunities for our students. The most obvious change will be the amount of time students are in school. Next year students in kindergarten will attend school the same amount of time as all other elementary grades do as opposed to the current model in which students attend full days two or three days per week. As before, we will still have late start Wednesdays, which allow for necessary professional development for district staff.
Students attending full-time kindergarten will eat lunch at school, have recess and focus on state kindergarten standards and specific learning targets set by the teacher. Physical, social, linguistic and academic needs will be the focus of individual, small and whole group learning in the core subjects of reading/language arts, math, social studies and science.
In preparation for this change, materials and approaches are being adjusted. Half of the day will focus primarily on reading/language arts, math, science and social studies while the other half, students will participate in learning centers related to academics. The learning centers will focus on letters, words, numbers and science to make learning meaningful and academic while rich in community and real-world experiences. This extra time will also give teachers the opportunity to work individually and in small groups, which will allow them the time to differentiate for the needs of each student.
Parents have the option to enroll their children in a half-day or full-day program. For more information about opting your child out of the full-time program, please contact the Stanwood-Camano School District office (360) 629-1237.
The Stanwood-Camano School District is excited about partnering with you to begin your child’s formal public education and the ability to support a full-day, everyday kindergarten program.
For more information about kindergarten, please contact Teresa Haugstad at
The Board of Directors recognized three Shining Stars at the January 20th Board Meeting. Noble (pictured left to right) is a fourth grade student at Stanwood Elementary, Monique is a 7th grade student at Saratoga School and Selena Fryberg is an 8th grade student at Stanwood Middle School. The Shining Star Award publicly recognizes students from elementary through high school who are eager to learn, have made significant progress and have overcome challenges. The Shining Star Award is sponsored by Tony Warner, Umpqua Bank Manager, in partnership with Snow Goose Bookstore and Stanwood Cinemas.
The Board of Directors publicly recognizes the Classified Employee of the Month and Teacher of the Month at the second regular board meeting a month, throughout the year. The following employees were nominated and received the award for their outstanding contributions and dedication to our students and community. To read the nominations, please click the person's name. Also, if you wish to make a nomination, click Employee Nominations. December nominations are due by January 5th.
CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH
TEACHERS OF THE MONTH
Kris Merritt, Career and Technical Education Culinary Arts at Stanwood High School
Judy Birk, Librarian at Twin City Elementary
Michelle Rockwood, Band and Choir at Stanwood Middle School
The Board of Directors recognized two Shining Stars at the November 18th Board Meeting. Jett (pictured left) is a second grade student at Cedarhome Elementary and Kendra is a fifth grade student at Elger Bay Elementary. The Shining Star Award publicly recognizes students from elementary through high school who are eager to learn, have made significant progress and have overcome challenges. Tony Warner, Umpqua Bank, sponsors the award in partnership with Snow Goose Bookstore and Stanwood Cinemas.
- Written by SCSD Staff
Schools are back in session and it is time to nominate a teacher or classified employee to be awarded as the Teacher of the Month or Classified Employee of the Month. We are proud that our staff goes above and beyond for the Stanwood-Camano School District. If you feel inspired to share some of the great deeds our staff are doing, please take a few minutes to write a nomination so that we can identify and give public recognition to our outstanding employees. Just click on the following link: Employee Nomination