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4/30/2020 – School Board Meeting Live Stream

We will be live streaming tonight’s school board meeting on YouTube. You’ll be able to view it here on our YouTube channel. You do not need an account to watch it. Tune in at 6:00 PM!

You can subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified automatically when we go live or post new videos. Here’s how:

  1. Go to our YouTube stream.
  2. Click/tap the red “SUBSCRIBE” button located underneath the video.
  3. After subscribing, click/tap the bell icon and select “All.” That’s it!

Update: Due to technical difficulties we were unable to stream live to YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have it working for the next meeting.

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available at Skagit Valley College. Testing is available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. As of now (4/30/2020), these are who qualify to be tested:

  • Anyone who works in the meatpacking industry
  • Anyone who lives/works in a congregate setting
  • Anyone who is a close contact of a confirmed case
  • Any member of the public who has mild symptoms of COVID-19 – such as cough and/or fever, new loss of taste or smell, chills, muscle pain or headache
  • Any member of the public whose doctor has recommended them for testing
  • Any healthcare workers or first responders regardless of symptoms.

For more information, please visit the county’s web page.

4/24/2020 – Principal’s Letter to HS Families

Dear Concrete High School Families,

Phew…The last five weeks have been a whirlwind for us all as we navigate this unprecedented situation. Thank you students and families for your support and flexibility.

As we continue to learn and grow in this distance learning model, our staff is receiving training from a state-endorsed consultant on how to develop and improve what we are doing in our district. Here are a few “adjustments”, as well as some new vocabulary, as we shift to this distance learning system.

  • Homebase – Concrete HS will use Google Classroom or Edmodo. All assignments and instructions will be available in one of these two platforms. Students without the internet, should continue to reach out to their teachers and Lion Time advisors if information is not clear.
  • Drop Day(s) – Teachers will “drop” their assignments into their “homebase” based on content areas. ELA, Science, Spanish, Health, and PE will “drop” (put into Google Classroom/Edmodo) their work for the week on Mondays by 9 am. Math, Social Studies, Electives (Music, Art, Woodshop, Culinary, Robotics) on Wednesdays by 9 am. Students without the internet, can expect to pick up work on Wednesdays after 3 pm outside the high school doors or receive work on the breakfast/lunch bus routes on Thursday mornings.
  • Suggested Schedule – Students should complete approximately 3 hours/class/week:
    • Monday: ELA, Science, Health, PE
    • Tuesday: ELA, Science, Spanish, Health/PE
    • Wednesday: Math, Social Studies, Spanish PE
    • Thursday: Math, Social Studies, PE
    • Friday: Elective, Elective, Unfinished Assignments, PE
  • Office Hours – All teachers have posted “office hours” in their “homebase” and on the district website. Most teachers will use Google Meets or Zoom to facilitate questions, concerns, or ideas about student learning. Please check your teacher’s schedule for their specific office hour plan.
  • Attendance – Each week, your family should receive a phone call or email from your student’s Lion Time advisor. This weekly check-in will account for their 5-day attendance.
  • Grades – Please see the letter from OSPI (Supt. of Public Instruction for Washington). Please email me with your questions (ctripp@concrete.k12.wa.us).

The staff at Concrete High School is committed to the success of our students. Please let us know if you need assistance. We are here to help. Go Lions!

Warm regards,
Christine Tripp, Principal

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Update on Student Grading (4/22/2020)

Dear Concrete Parents and Students,

Yesterday (4/21/2020) Superintendent Reykdal and OSPI provided emergency guidance regarding student grading.  This guidance is summarized as follows:

This guidance and subsequent rule adoption will focus on the following framework:

  • Students in grades K–8 will be challenged to demonstrate effort and success in learning standards established by their teachers. Students will move on to the next grade, unless by agreement between parents/guardians and teachers they agree to repeat a grade or a portion of learning missed. Districts will retain complete decision-making on middle school grading practices for students not taking high school credit-bearing courses.
  • Grades 9–12 and middle school students taking credit-bearing high school level work will be graded using the following principles:
    1. Do no harm!
    2. Every student will get an opportunity to improve their grade with their March 17 status as a baseline.
    3. No student will receive a “pass,” “fail,” or “no credit” grade for any course.
    4. Teachers will assign grades or assign an “incomplete” for students that cannot engage in an equitable way.
    5. Every class taken during the closure period will be given a statewide designator on the high school transcript to demote the unique environment in which the course was taken.
    6. Students assigned an “incomplete” for a course will be given opportunities to re-engage in the learning standards based on local school district decisions in consultation with the student/parents/guardians, including but not limited to:
      1. Summer school,
      2. Courses in the following term or year,
      3. Independent study,
      4. Competency-based courses,
      5. Online courses, or
      6. Backfilling the incomplete grade with the letter grade obtained in the next course taken in that subject area.
      7. All students will be given an opportunity to engage in continuous learning to maintain or improve their mastery of essential standards.

This statewide framework will create more consistency across the state, but districts will still decide which letter grade system to use. However, “F’s” will not be an option. This is a very complex problem, and I am incredibly grateful to the parents, students, and educators across the state who offered their ideas and input.

Sincerely,

Chris Reykdal
State Superintendent
of Public Instruction


The Concrete School District will adhere to the following grading format:

All grades were frozen on March 17, 2020 in a (do no harm format).  Students may demonstrate increased performance but may not have their grades lowered as a result, of Covid-19 distance learning.

Grades K-6 will continue with current grading practices and all students will move to the next grade unless mutually agreed upon by parent or guardian and the school district.

Grades 7-12 will utilize the following grading procedure:

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • Incomplete

Teachers will continue to grade student work and provide feedback to students on improving their performance.  Students receiving an incomplete may complete additional learning, to receive a letter grade and credit for the course.  This additional learning may include completing additional summer coursework.

Sincerely,

Wayne Barrett
Superintendent
Concrete School District

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REMINDER: Please complete the 2020 Census!

How the 2020 Census Affects Children

The 2020 Census count impacts the federal funds that communities receive each year for programs and services that are critical for schools, students, and younger children, such as:

  • Special education, Head Start, after-school programs, and classroom technology.
  • Food assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunches.
  • Maternal and child health programs.

You can complete the 2020 Census online here: https://2020census.gov/

Washington State Superintendent Chris Reykdal talks about the importance of the 2020 Census, among other things, in the video below: