Hoquiam School District grant puts $600,000 into repairs to 2 facilities

The Hoquiam School District will spend over $600-thousand on energy efficient and safety upgrades in the coming months. School Superintendent Mike Parker tells KBKW “Lincoln Elementary

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Hoquiam School Board selects Kathy Eddy for vacant Director position

The Hoquiam School board tonight will swear in it’s newest member, School Superintendent Mike Parker says “The school board on Monday night interviewed two candidates for the vacant

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Several local schools to receive Washington Achievement Award for 3-year growth

Hoquiam High School has received an award from the state for their growth in reading, School Superintendent Mike Parker says “Just recently I was notified that the High School is one of only 5% of schools across the state to receive a very prestigious Washington Achievement Award for the work that they’ve don in improving reading scores at the High School.”

Also being recognized for High Progress is Stevens Elementary in Aberdeen, and Beacon Avenue and Simpson Avenue elementary in Montesano.

Pacific Beach Elementary was recognized for both High

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All local school levies now passing as Oakville pulls within 1 vote

With a new batch of ballots counted Thursday, the Grays Harbor County Auditor’s Office reports Oakville School District is now passing their multi-county M&O Levy, by one vote. In Lewis County, the levy is failing 8-3, but Grays Harbor’s stronger support pushed yes votes over the top; 207 to 206 – total for the two counties. The new ballots brought Grays Harbor’s voter turnout up to 36% for the February Special Election. Hoquiam is among 12 area school districts showing support for their levies School Superintendent Mike Parker said “I’d like to thank the Hoquiam community for supporting our school levy again, with a strong 66% “Yes” vote, we will continue to make you proud, thank you.” School Districts in Aberdeen, Hoquiam, North Beach, McCleary, Elma, Quinault, Cosmopolis, Wishkah, Ocosta, and Mary M Knight are all passing their M&O Levies. Elma Voters are rejecting the 8.4 million bond measure to replace the grandstands at Davis Field. Election results will be certified on the 25th.

Ballots hit the mail soon for Hoquiam School District M&O Levy

The Hoquiam School District is hoping that it’s taxpayers will again support a Maintenance and Operations Levy replacement for 2015 and 2016. The current levy collects about $2.7 million in property taxes annually,  Superintendent Mike Parker said they haven’t raised that amount for the past 4 years “This year we have to raise it just one dime, it’s going to be $4.90 [per thousand],” reminding voters that this is the bi-annual M&O levy that supplements the school’s general fund. “It’s not additional money, the current levy that was approved a couple years back will expire at the end of 2014, so what we need to do is go back and replace it.”
Hoquiam Public Schools Making Connections, The Hoquiam School District newsletter, is  published on a regular basis to keep the community informed about our  children’s education. Newsletter comments and suggestions should be directed to Mike  Parker, Superintendent, 538-8200. Hoquiam Board of Directors: Christie Goodenough, Chris Eide; Hoki  Moir, Mike Cummings, Dave Westby Superintendent: Mike Parker  Assistant Superintendent: Shannon Webster
Hoquiam Public Schools
Making Connections, The Hoquiam School District newsletter, is
published on a regular basis to keep the community informed about our children’s education.
Newsletter comments and suggestions should be directed to Mike
Parker, Superintendent, 538-8200.

Ballots are being mailed out later this month, if the levy passes again the district would receive an extra $1.2 million in Levy Equalization Funds. For complete

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Hoquiam School District earns School of Distinction award

HOQUIAM, Wash. - The Hoquiam School District this week was recognized as a School of Distinction in their region. School Superintendent Mike Parker tells us Educational Service District 113 notified them this week that they are one of twelve schools throughout the region that will receive the award.
ESD 113 serves 44 school districts in Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties as well as approved private schools within those counties.
To earn School of Distinction status, schools must be performing at least at the state average in each grade level measured in their school (3rd through 8th and 10th grade) on Reading and Math assessments. Schoolswere then evaluated on combined Reading and Math improvement over the last 5 years. The top five percent of the elementary schools, middle/junior high schools, high schools and alternative schools are designated as Schools of Distinction.

Hoquiam School District Talks Early Release

HOQUIAM, Wash. - School board members heard from more teachers than parents at a meeting Monday night on the proposed shortened class schedule for the coming school year, as one parent spoke against the plan "I don't think less seat time for our students is going to improve their education."
School Superintendent Mike Parker detailed the proposed options for an early-release Wednesday "We put together two alternatives, actually three if you count doing nothing, maybe we go to twenty days instead of every Wednesday, then the other option was to do every Wednesday."
Marissa LaLonde is a 4th grade teacher, she says Hoquiam's teachers are stressed for time as it is.
The standards keep going higher and higher, and we're getting asked to do more and more, and we have to be effective. To be effective Teachers have to collaborate. - Marissa LaLonde
The extra 90 minutes created by an early release would allow teachers of core curriculum to collaborate on teaching practices, make needed changes, and analyzing student performance.