Highly Capable Program Referrals
The district is currently accepting referrals for students to test this spring for qualification into next year's (2015-16) highly capable (gifted) programs. The Cognitive Abilities test, along with academic achievement measures in math and reading, are used to identify students who may benefit from this program. Parent permission is required for testing -- please see referral form for details. Students in 4th grade or above that have already qualified as highly capable do not need to retest. For more information about the highly capable program visit our website.
If you are interested in referring a student for testing this spring, please complete the referral form and turn it in to your child's school no later than January 30th.
Washington Tops Nation Again in New National Board Certified Teachers
For the second consecutive year, Washington has the largest group of new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs).
A total of 946 Washington teachers achieved their certification this year, which nearly doubles last year’s first-place ranking of 516 new NBCTs. That maintains the state’s fourth-place, nationwide, in the total number of NBCTs (8,285). Peninsula School District currently has 79 NBCTs.
“The National Board certification process promotes teacher leadership,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “The commitment these teachers have made to their profession is an integral part of raising the quality of teaching in Washington and making a difference students can feel in the classroom.”
As part of this process, teachers must analyze their teaching context and students’ needs, submit videos of their teaching, and provide student work samples that demonstrate growth and achievement.
Congratulations to PSD’s newest National Board Certified Teachers!
- Jennifer Bookman: Gig Harbor High School
- Christopher Coovert: Gig Harbor High School
- Melissa Dower: Goodman Middle School
- Patty Fisher: Gig Harbor High School
- Karen Kent: Harbor Heights Elementary
- Sarah Mattson: Harbor Ridge Middle School
- Amanda Naylor: Gig Harbor High School
- Kathryn Portteus: Kopachuck Middle School
Preparing for Inclement Weather and School Closures
To All Staff and Parents:
Soon the fall/winter storm season will be upon us. We have provided information to assist staff and parents with Peninsula School District’s procedures and expectations during inclement weather and school closures. Below you will find guidelines to help you understand how weather decisions are made.
Report Card Information
Looking for information about our new report cards? We have Parent Guides for each grade level as well as a video that explains the new card. Please go to the following site on the district page: http://www.psd401.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=212&Itemid=677
Harbor Heights works best when there is active participation by our parents... PTA has a variety of opportunities for you to get involved in your school.
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