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Volunteering
Volunteers make a significant impact on Naches Valley School District. You can help students of all ages succeed in an ever challenging world while sharpening you own skills and doing what you love.

How you can help:
Tutor - Help students excel in academic areas such as math, reading and art.
Mentor - Be a lunch buddy to an elementary student one hour a week.
Field trip chaperone - Assist your child's class during off-campus excursions.
Interpretation and translation - Communicate with parent and students who speak foreign languages.
Extracurricular and enrichment programs - Contact the PTA/PTSA to be part of activities such as drama, chess, or science clubs.
Technology assistance - Help maintain school websites or teach Web design classes.
Administrative support - Assist staff in school office and libraries, or at the district level.

In order to volunteer in the district, one must complete and have on file the results from the Washington State Patrol Query. Please submit both forms below to any of the school offices, administration building, or your child's teachers. This allows the district to query the WSP system for past criminal or abuse history. Once the quiery is completed, you will be mailed the results. If the results are "Clear," you will be placed on the district's volunteer list and will remain there for two years before you must submit another form.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering within our district. We look forward to community involvement in our schools!

No Bullying Allowed

about 1 year ago

We will work with you to keep your child safe from Bullies! Our classrooms, gym, playgrounds, buses, on-line areas must be safe places for our children.  We must ensure our children know how to handle themselves when faced with bullying by others and they must know that any bullying by them won't be tolerated.  Our schools must be safe for learning, playing and growing.  

Definition

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.  The behavior may be physical or verbal, for example, hitting or teasing or may include deliberate excluding from activities.

Attendance

about 1 year ago


Dear Parent/Guardian,

This year, Naches Valley School District is making a special effort to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly.  Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves.  Your student can start (or continue!) building this habit so they learn that going to school on time, every day is important.  Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.

  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers.  

  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.

  • Even being late to school may lead to poor attendance.  

  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences (excused and unexcused) can cause children to fall behind in school.  

  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.  

  • By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff.  

  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

We miss your student when they are gone and we value their contributions to our school. We would like you to help ensure that your student attends regularly and is successful in school.  If your student is going to be absent, please contact your School Secretary:  (Elementary 653-1510 , Middle 653-1543, High 653-1616.)

OUR PROMISE TO YOU

We know that there are a wide variety of reasons that students are absent from school, from health concerns to transportation challenges.  We are prepared to help you and your student face any challenges in getting to school regularly or on time.  For help, contact your school Counselor, Nurse, Principal or Assistant Principal.  We promise to track attendance daily, to notice when your student is missing from class, communicate with you to understand why they were absent, and to identify barriers and supports available to overcome challenges you may face in helping your student attend school.

SCHOOL POLICIES AND STATE LAWS

It is important that you understand our school policies and procedures, as well as Washington State Law, to ensure your child is successful in school. State law for mandatory attendance, called the Becca Bill, requires children from age 8 to 17 to attend a public school, private school, or a district-approved home school program.

We at school are required to take daily attendance and notify you when your student has an unexcused absence.

Generally, after two unexcused absences in one month, we will schedule a conference with you and your student to identify the barriers and supports available to ensure regular attendance.  We will work with you to develop a plan to best meet the needs of your student and reduce absenteeism.  (from RCW 28A.225.020)

After five excused absences in any month, or ten or more excused absences in the school year, the school district will contact you to schedule a conference at a mutually agreeable, reasonable time with a district employee, to identify the barriers and supports available to you and your student. A conference is not required if your student has provided a doctor’s note, or pre-arranged the absence in writing,  and the parent, student and school have made plan so your student does not fall behind academically.

If your student has seven unexcused absences in any month or ten unexcused absences within the school year, we are required to file a petition with the Juvenile court, noting a violation of state mandatory attendance laws (RCW 28A.225.010).

At Naches Valley, we have established rules on attendance that will help you ensure your student is attending regularly.  They are available in each school handbook.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.

  • Prepare for school the night before, finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.

  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required immunizations.

  • Don’t let your student stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.

  • Avoid appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.

  • Keep track of your student’s attendance.  Missing more than 9 days could put your student at risk of falling behind.  

  • Talk to your student about the importance of attendance.

  • Talk to your students’ teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.

  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

THANKS for helping your student get to school EVERY day!

Duane Lyons

Superintendent of Schools

McKinney-Vento (Homeless Services)

5 months ago

The Naches School District McKinney-Vento program is designed to assist homeless and at-risk students and their families within the Naches School District. The program strives to ensure that students experiencing homelessness are able to enroll as quickly as possible, and that they have the same access to educational opportunities as non-homeless students.

 

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Richard Rouleau 509-653-1601 or Lori Gylling 509-653-1813.


The McKinney-Vento Act  
The Secretary issues guidelines for States related to requirements under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These guidelines address ways in which a State may (1) assist local educational agencies (LEAs) to implement the provisions related to homeless children and youths amended by the ESSA and (2) review and revise policies and procedures that may present barriers to the identification, enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children and youths in school.  http://nche.ed.gov/legis/mv.php

 
  Homeless Definition

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act defines homelessness as the following living situations:

  • Shelter, vehicle, campground, tent, etc.
  • Street, 24-hour restaurants, bus stations, etc.
  • Motel
  • Displaced due to natural disaster (hurricane, flood, earthquake, etc.)
  •  Abandoned building, trailer, tent, etc.
  • Doubled up with friends or relatives due to inability to pay for any affordable     housing
  •  “Couch surfing”
  • “Bounced around” from family member to family member, or one household to another
  • Unaccompanied youth living on their own

The McKinney-Vento Liaison or designee will determine whether a student qualifies for McKinney-Vento supports based on responses to the NVSD Student Housing Questionnaire.


 Rights of Students who are Identified as Homeless

  • Once identified as homeless, as per McKinney-Vento, you have the right to register your child (student) at school even if you do not have full documentation (such as immunization records, utility bill, birth certificate, etc.,) available at the time of enrollment.
  • Once registered, your child can begin attending school within 1 or 2 days.
  • If deemed in the best educational interests of the child, the student(s) have the right to stay in the same school for the remainder of the school year, even if you move.
  • Depending on the individual circumstances, your student(s) will be provided with transportation to and from with school buses, city bus passes, or gas vouchers.
  •  Your student(s) are entitled to free lunch and breakfast without the need to fill out the form.
  •  Your student must not be isolated or stigmatized.
  •  The above services continue until the end of the school year in which homelessness ends for that family.
  •  Each school district must have a McKinney-Vento liaison. (Please see contact information at the top of the web page.)





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