News & Publications from NTPS

  • Black History Month: NTHS celebrates through poetry, posters, and a quilt

    Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in the U.S. History. Each February, citizens nationwide take part in different acts of recognition, including students and staff from North Thurston Public Schools. Students from North Thurston High School in particular took action by creating posters, studying slam poetry, and initiating a multi-layered program to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read more >>

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  • New Director of Transportation at NTPS (2/18/20)

    NTPS is excited to announce that Deanna Maddox has been selected to serve as the new Director of Transportation. Deanna has served already as a driver (started driving a bus at the age of 21), dispatcher, and Assistant Director since joining the NTPS team. Outside of NTPS she serves as the President of the Capital Chapter of the Washington Association for Pupil Transportation (WAPT). Congratulations Deanna!

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  • Mike Smith honored for communication (2/11/20)

    River Ridge Assistant Principal Mike Smith was recently given the traveling “Key Communicator” trophy by the Community Relations Department. "Mike has led the effort at River Ridge in building relationships with the Nisqually Indian Tribe both for professional development and student programs. He’s been great at telling that story to the larger community and inspiring other school districts to do the same,” said Courtney Schrieve, Executive Director of Public Relations for NTPS." Read more >>

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  • NTPS leaders honored for attendance, graduation, and partnerships (1/30/20)

    The district held their semi-annual leadership awards recently at ESD 113 in an effort to recognize the initiative and accountability of principals and other administrators and their staff. “Our leadership works tirelessly on behalf of our schools every day to help implement our Strategic Plan goals and promote student success,” said Supt. Debra Clemens. Read more >>

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  • Key Communicators in Financial Services (1/13/20)

    Congratulations to the Financial Services Payroll Team for their excellent job moving over all employees to the new benefits system. It took serious communciations skills, which is why they are being honored as the latest NTPS Key Communicators! Read more >>

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  • Graduation rates at all-time high (12/3/19)

    North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) students have achieved an all-time high four-year graduation rate of 88% for the Class of 2019, five percentage points above the state! Timberline High School has the highest rate in the district at 95%! Read more >>

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  • Student Records has a Key Communicator (12/2/19)

    December 2, 2019 - Congratulations to Teresa Ahlf, Student Records Supervisor, who oversees everything from new student registrations to data management and staff training, for being honored with the Key Communicator award for her communications plan and efforts to streamline the registration and enrollment process. Great work Teresa!

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  • NTPS & Nisqually Tribe Collaborate on Land Acknowledgement (11/26/19)

    November 26, 2019 - In honor of Native American Heritage Month, and in recognition of our ongoing partnership with the Nisqually Tribe, North Thurston Public Schools has formally approved a land acknowledgement to be read at future public events. Our schools will also display the Nisqually Tribal Flag at every district site. As part of the flag display, every school will engage in a lesson developed in partnership with the Nisqually Tribe and North Thurston School District staff. Read more!

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  • CTE - a hands-on approach to learning (11/15/19)

    November 15, 2019 - When most people think of a typical school day, a setting is thought of- students sitting at their desks taking notes while the teacher lectures with a guided powerpoint. CTE classes completely disregard this stigma. Whether it is operating a power saw, video camera, or cash register, the typical day in a CTE class is much different than the average class.

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  • New Auxiliary Gym at River Ridge High School Up and Running for All Sports (10/15/19)

    October 15, 2019 - The much-awaited Auxiliary Gym at River Ridge is now in use since the September grand opening. This 2014 bond project is now a staple to the appearance of the Ridge campus, helping nudge them one step closer to a full-campus modernization.

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