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Board Meeting Highlights from May 7, 2024

Highlights from the NTPS School Board meeting include:

Aspire Performing Arts Academy students reflected on how participating in clubs and music groups such as choir positively impacted their academic experience and made them feel part of the APAA community.

The Board congratulated all the North Thurston Public School Career and Technical Education (CTE) students who are state champions and gold medal winners! The Board thanked the advisors who spend many hours working with students in FBLA (business), HOSA (health science), FFA (agriculture), DECA (marketing), FCCLA (family and consumer sciences), and SkillsUSA (for American Sign Language). Find the complete list of students and advisors in the Board packet.

The Board recognized the North Thurston Education Foundation, our nonprofit partner that provides support for North Thurston Public Schools students through:

  • Student Assistance Grants for all schools in NTPS Scholarships for graduating seniors
  • Learning Improvement Grants for classroom teachers
  • McGimpsey's Pantry ASB Assistance for students on free status
  • Assistance for McKinney Vento students and their families

The Board recognized NTPS Student Records Supervisor Lynn Knox for her excellent ongoing leadership in ensuring our district has accurate and complete information for our student population, which is essential to providing high-quality education opportunities. Lynn helped lead the migration to a new version of our student information system in 2023, and she and her team continue to provide expertise and support as needed for staff across the district.

The Board received an update on Strategic Plan Goal 4: Continuous Growth—All Students, All Subjects, Outcome c, Increased growth rate for students experiencing personal and/or systemic barriers to achievement or opportunity. We want all students to be welcomed members of our learning community; we have moved away from a segregated service delivery model to one where most students are served in their neighborhood school. Least restrictive environment (LRE) data is one way to measure student rates of inclusion by measuring how much time special education students are in the same classroom as their peers.

NTPS also focuses on inclusionary practices, which are opportunities for students with diverse abilities to learn and be a part of the general education curriculum, classroom, and school community. We use the Universal Design for Learning framework, which offers students information in more than one format, gives students multiple ways to interact with the material to learn it, and looks for ways to enhance student engagement.