Congratulations and good luck to Aaron Adler, Ollin Boer Bohan and Carly Stinson from North Thurston for being selected as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program! Click here to read more in The Olympian.
This summer was the second year for NTPS art teachers and WAEA members to participate in "Sand in the City." This popular family event draws nearly 50,000 visitors per year. The district team was once again sponsored by HDR Engineering and Mortenson Construction.
After an extensive interview process, the district has hired John Suessman as the new Director of Transportation. Suessman was a substitute bus driver after retiring from more than 30 years of successful law enforcement including the Lacey Police Department.
Each year we ask our community, parents, staff and students how we are doing in a variety of areas, including teaching and learning, leadership and financial management. This information will be shared with our School Board and help the district better serve our students and community. Here are the results!
Congratulations to North Thurston Boys Basketball JV Coach Mike Reid who was recently selected to the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He and others will be honored on July 24 at the Tacoma Elks Club.
This year Community Relations helped implement a new school/business partners program called “Partners in Education (P.I.E.).” Under the leadership of Community Relations Specialist Cortny Martin, this program matches a business with a school, helping cultivate positive relationships that benefit education and student learning. Click here to see the 2012-13 P.I.E. Partners.
Today there are many more requirements for students to graduate. Testing and completing a culminating project are just a couple. Juniors and Seniors have the option to participate in the Running Start program which allows them to take college courses at a local college.
This year an estimated 862 students graduated from the four high schools in North Thurston Public Schools. To get there, they had to meet graduation requirements including 22 high school credits, a High School and Beyond Plan, a culminating graduation project, and earn a Certificate of Academic Achievement or Certificate of Individual Achievement (Special Education), including high school state assessment requirements.
The North Thurston Education Foundation recently hosted an annual celebration to honor “Teachers of the Year” as well as NTEA retirees. The teachers are nominated by other NTEA members in their schools. “It’s a nice way to end the school year and honor fellow teachers,” said NTEA President Conni Van Hoose. To see who they are click bold headline.
Soldiers gave high fives and students got to take the Olympic March around Tumwater Stadium during the 7th annual “Day of Champions” Track and Field event which has its roots in NTPS! Read more and see photos by clicking bold headline.
Several graduating seniors from North Thurston Public Schools were recently honored by the Rotary Club of Hawks Prairie as the “2013 Hawks Prairie Heroes.” Students were nominated by a staff member for overcoming adversity in order to successfully complete high school.
Congratulations to the following schools for placing in the Lacey Spring Fun Fair parade: Best dressed-up individual, Aluminum Robot from Lacey Elementary; Best dressed-up group, Woodland Elementary; and Most "Out of this World" entry, Lacey Elementary.
Congratulations to Julie Wyatt, 5th grade teacher at Pleasant Glade, who was recently named Washington Science Teacher Association's Elementary Science Teacher of the Year! Read full story in The Olympian.
Congratulations to Rob Cahill, 6th grade teacher at Lakes Elementary for being selected as the Evergreen State College “Distinguished PK-12 Educator of the Year!” Cahill was honored for his outstanding work with students, his leadership in the Food to Flowers Program and in the district math cadre.
OSPI recently announced that Mountain View, Lakes and Aspire will each receive a prestigious Washington Achievement Award, which is given to schools based on state testing data for the past three years. Read more here.
The South Sound Reading Foundation honored paraeducator Terri Evans (left) on Thursday at their 1st annual “Readers are Leaders” breakfast for her work in developing the library and love of reading at South Sound High School.
Smoked salmon, scholarships and stereotypes were all topics of discussion for some 50 students of Native American ancestry during an Education Summit sponsored in part by the Nisqually Tribe on March 15 in Yelm.
Custodian Dave Watson was in the right place at the right time last month when he helped save the life of Chinook teacher Fred Smith using his CPR skills. Together Watson and P.E. teacher Micha McBride stayed with Smith, who was finally revived by medics and a defibrillator.
Over 1000 students participated this year in the Washington State Thespian Conference, a WIAA approved activity that allows students the opportunity to be assessed by professional and collegiate adjudicators.
Before he was Mayor of Lacey or had a career in the Air Force, Graeme Sackrison was a North Thurston High School graduate. Flash forward to today, and he is the latest TOGETHER “Champion for Kids” for North Thurston Public Schools.
This week Lacey Elementary Cook, Juliet Esmele, helped save a life. Esmele was on her way to work in the morning and saw a pedestrian who was lying on the ground having a seizure. The pedestrian had a dog with her that was barking. “It was almost as if the dog was barking at me, trying to tell me that its owner needed help,” Esmele said.
River Ridge, North Thurston and Timberline SkillsUSA chapters continued their winning ways. In February, over 150 student members representing 12 schools from the Olympic Region met to test their skills in 21 leadership events.
At the March 5 Board Meeting, Margaret Douglas, Pleasant Glades Behavior Assistant, was honored as the ESD 113 Classified Employee of the Year in part for her development of a highly recognizable student leadership program.
The Washington School Counselor Association presented Maddy deGive, Assistant Superintendent with the Supervisor of the Year award. She was honored with this award for her continual encouragement, support and advocacy for the school counselors of North Thurston Public Schools.
Over 350 NTPS students were reported as being homeless last year and in need of food and basic supplies. Through McGimpsey Pantries, a program sponsored by the North Thurston Education Foundation, these students are able to receive supplies, toiletries, clothing, food and medical supplies. Read more on ThurstonTalk.com
As reported in The Olympian, Students at South Bay, Lacey, Lydia Hawk, Chambers Prairie, Seven Oaks, Olympic View and Meadows elementary schools were among nearly a dozen schools that participated in the “Valentines for Veterans Drive” led by U.S. Rep. Denny Heck of Olympia. Read full story here.
Earlier this month, NTPS co-hosted a Thurston County School Safety Summit with the Thurston County Sheriff’s office, bringing together school district superintendents and leaders, police and law enforcement officials from local jurisdictions, plus our local fire district, to share information and coordinate our collective safety planning.
The NTPS “Academic All-Stars” who have earned high academic achievements on national and state tests and assessments, including Advanced Placement (AP), Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) were recognized at the January 8 School Board Meeting. Click here to see who they are.
In November the district’s Community Relations Department hosted a “Faith Community Bus Tour,” giving 30 attendees from local faith organizations an inside look at our schools and educational programs.
Nineteen outstanding music students from North Thurston Public Schools were selected for various honors musical groups this year. Each year thousands of students from across the state audition for a place in these prestigious groups.
Elementary school principals in the Capital region have selected Chambers Prairie Elementary Principal Stan Koep as one of 18 regional Distinguished Principals for the 2013-14 school year, and will be considered for the state’s Distinguished Principal Award.
Leslie VanLeishout, a dedicated teacher and theatre instructor at River Ridge high school was recently named as one of 12 innovative educators across Washington state. Click bold headline to read more.
North Thurston Public Schools has refinanced a portion of its outstanding bonds in order to take advantage of lower interest rates. The recent refinancing will save the District’s taxpayers a total of $4,210,756 during the next 13 years. These savings flow directly to taxpayers through reduced tax levies and are not available for District expenses.
On the 2012 state standardized tests, North Thurston Public Schools students met or beat the state average in 17 of 21 areas, according to spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve. “We are proud of this growth; we’ve worked hard at it,” she said. Click here to read story in The Olympian