Highlights from May 21, 2018 School Board Meeting
School Board Meeting Highlights
Posted on 05/24/2018

District Highlights

Before the meeting began, the Aylen Junior High Concert Band performed. During District Highlights they played again. Under the direction of Ms. Kit Carollo, the student musicians displayed evidence for their high marks at a recent regional contest.

Following the band performance, directors honored outstanding seniors from Emerald Ridge, Puyallup, Rogers, and Walker high schools, and the Puyallup Digital Learning program. There were 70 seniors recognized in front of parents, staff, and their peers.

Each senior was introduced by the school principal who told the audience why they were chosen for the recognition. They received a booklet describing their school and community activities, honors, hobbies, future plans, and a comment by faculty. A reception to honor the seniors followed.

Students were identified by staff for a variety of reasons which distinguished them from their peers. Some characteristics which set students apart included work ethic, leadership, encouragement of others, resilience, academic achievement, and positive influence.

You can learn more about the seniors, their accomplishments, and future plans by reading the booklet and seeing a gallery of photos on the PSD website: Outstanding Seniors honored at school board meeting.

Action Taken – Career and Technical Education Express Connect Program

Director of Instructional Leadership Maija Thiel presented a review of the recommendation made during the board meeting on May 7 for implementation of an Express Connect program starting in the 2018-2019 school year.

The Career and Technical Education Department has explored potential partnership options for the seamless transition of Puyallup School District students to post-secondary educational opportunities related to specific career fields. Thiel shared considerations related to an Express Connect program including a partnership between Clover Park Technical College and the Puyallup School District in a co-developed system for transitioning students into advanced career training.

To see the overview of the Express Connect program, visit the PSD website: Express Connect one-pager. To see the slides used in this presentation, visit: Express Connect Program slidesDirectors approved this recommendation.


Action Taken – Career and Technical Education Nursing Assistant Certification Program

Director of Instructional Leadership Maija Thiel presented a review of the recommendation for implementation of a Nursing Assistant Certification program starting in the 2018-2019 school year in each of the three comprehensive high schools: Emerald Ridge, Puyallup, and Rogers.

To see the overview of this new program visit the PSD website: Nursing Preparation. To see the slides used in this presentation, visit: Nursing Assistant Certified Program slides. Directors approved this recommendation.

Action Taken – Technology Upgrades

Chief Financial Officer Corine Pennington presented directors with Resolution No. 264 2017-18 for their consideration and action.

The resolution would authorize the transfer of $3,050,000 from the General Fund to the Capital Projects Fund for the sole purpose of completing three important technology upgrades which will provide equity, continuity, and support for student growth.

The district’s reliance on technology both instructionally and operationally is growing steadily, especially with the acceleration of Empowering Puyallup. These projects are necessary to ensure continuity of operations and for successfully moving to digital curriculum and 1:1 student devices. Directors approved the proposal as presented.

Action Taken – Core Materials for Sixth Grade Mathematics

Director of Instructional Leadership Cari Ake presented directors with a review of the request for consideration and approval of core instructional materials for sixth grade mathematics. School Board approval is required for Core and Alternative Core Instructional Materials per School Board Policy 2020 and Regulations 2020 Course/Subject Area Design, Selection and Adoption of Curriculum and Instructional Materials.

Regular review of instructional materials is necessary to ensure ongoing alignment with teaching and learning standards and research-based best practices. On April 23, 2018 the Instructional Materials Committee reviewed and approved the selection process used for the proposed instructional materials as outline in Policy 2020 and Regulation 2020R Course/Subject Area Design, Selection and Adoption of Curriculum and Instructional Materials.

Ake requested consideration for the adoption of the following core instructional material for sixth grade mathematics: Illustrative Mathematics Grade 6.

To see the slides used in this presentation, visit the PSD website: Sixth Grade Math Adoption, 2018Directors approved this request.

Action Taken – Core Materials for Elementary Social Emotional Learning Instruction

Director of Instructional Leadership Tracy Pitzer presented directors with a review of the request for consideration and approval of core instructional materials for Core and Alternative Core Instructional Materials per School Board Policy 2020 and Regulations 2020.

On March 15 and April 23, 2018, the Instructional Materials Committee reviewed and approved the selection process used for the proposed instructional materials as outlined in Policy 2020 and Regulation 2020R Course/Subject Area Design, Selection and Adoption of Curriculum and Instructional Materials.

Pitzer requested consideration for the adoption of the following core instructional material for social emotional learning instruction: Second Step by Committee for Children.

To see the slides used in this presentation, visit the PSD website: Elementary Social Emotional Learning Instructional Materials First Reading, 2018Directors approved this request.

Board Policy Updates

Directors were presented with a second reading of school board policies which have been revised due to legislative changes, suggestions by the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA), or to implement district efficiencies and effective use of available resources.

Policy 3110 - Qualifications of Enrollment and Grade Placement

Policy 3515 - Student Incentives

Policy 6995 - Employee Recognition

Assistant Superintendent Casey Cox provided directors with an overview of the changes being recommended. Directors approved policy revisions as presented.


Report – Public Employment Relations Notice

Assistant Superintendent Casey Cox presented directors with the reading of a public employment relations notice prepared by the independent state agency Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). The notice is posted in each school and can be found here.

Report – Core Materials for Bridge to College Mathematics and English Language Arts

Directors of Instructional Leadership Cari Ake and Tracy Pitzer presented directors with a request for consideration and approval of core instructional materials for sophomores who score a Level 2 or better on the Smarter Balanced high school assessment. School Board approval is required for Core and Alternative Core Instructional Materials per School Board Policy 2020 and Regulations 2020 Course/Subject Area Design, Selection and Adoption of Curriculum and Instructional Materials.

Regular review of instructional materials is necessary to ensure ongoing alignment with teaching and learning standards and research-based best practices.

The following Core Instructional Material for Bridge to College Mathematics and English Language Arts was presented for first reading and consideration:

  • Bridge to College Mathematics
  • Bridge to College English Language Arts

To see the slides used in this presentation, visit the PSD website: Bridge to College.

Directors will consider approval of this recommendation at their next regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Aylen Junior High located at 101 15th St NW, Puyallup.

Report – Core Language Arts Materials for Two-Way Dual Language Program

Director of Instructional Leadership Arturo Gonzalez presented directors with a request for consideration and approval of core K-6 Spanish language arts materials.

Introduction of new instructional materials is necessary to ensure ongoing alignment with teaching and learning standards and research-based best practices.

On April 23, 2018, the Instructional Materials Committee officially reviewed and approved the selection process used for the proposed instructional materials as outlined in Policy 2020 and Regulation 2020R Course/Subject Area Design, Selection and Adoption of Curriculum and Instructional Materials.

The following Core K-6 Spanish language arts materials are presented for first reading and consideration:

 

  • Benchmark Advance/Adelante K-6
  • Descubre
  • Time for Kids Small Group Readers (Spanish)

To see the slides used in this presentation, visit the PSD website: Dual LanguageDirectors will consider approval of this recommendation at their next regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Aylen Junior High located at 101 15th St NW, Puyallup.

Human Resources Report

The Human Resources report approved by the school board can be found using the link below:

Human Resources Report May 21, 2018.

Upcoming Meetings

The next meeting of the Puyallup School District Board of Directors will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2018 at Aylen Junior High located at 101 15th St NW, Puyallup, WA.