Spring conferences will be on March 16th and 17th. All Ellensburg School District schools will be on early release during conferences.
The Ellensburg School District will be implementing a late-start model Monday mornings during the 2016 - 2017 school year to enable teachers to meet collaboratively in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). This will replace the current PLC Tuesdays and the early release Fridays that were in place during the past year. (Please note that as part of this schedule change, busses will run an hour later on late-start Mondays).
For more information, please click here for Teacher Collaboration Frequently Asked Questions.
The School Board will hold a Special Meeting to conduct an Executive Session on Friday, February 3, 2017, beginning at 9:00 am, at the Administration Building Conference Room, 1300 East Third Avenue, Ellensburg, WA 98926.
The School Board will hold a Special Meeting to conduct an Executive Session on Friday, January 20, 2017, beginning at 8:30 am and concluding by 11:30 am, at the District Office Conference Room, 1300 East Third Avenue, Ellensburg, WA 98926.
The School Board will hold a Special Meeting to conduct an Executive Session on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, beginning at 12:00 noon and concluding by 2:00 pm, in the Banquet Room of the Bar 14 Restaurant, 1800 South Canyon Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926.
The School Board will hold a Special Meeting to conduct an Executive Session on Monday, January 16, 2017, beginning at 9:00 am and concluding at 10:00 am, at the District Office Conference Room, 1300 East Third Avenue, Ellensburg, WA 98926.
For three elementary schools in Washington, fresh produce from the salad bar has become the new norm.
When it comes to making changes to school lunch options around the country, food service directors are often met with resistance from staff, parents, and students. However, Patrick Garmong from Ellensburg, WA didn't let that dissuade him from making healthy choices the new norm for his students.
- School Size – enrollment: 500 at each of the three schools
- F/R percentage (free and reduced): 38%
- District ADP (average daily participation): 33%
Since becoming the food service director for Ellensburg School District three years ago Garmong has been working to make big changes to the food served in his cafeterias.
Garmong explains that, "when [he] started, it was right when all the regulations really took effect. Being able to see what was coming down the line gave [him] the opportunity to start changing the way [they] operated right away."
And the first major change Garmong made to their operations was the introduction of salad bars in each of the three elementary schools in his district. Garmong feels that salad bars have been crucial to a successful and healthy food program for two reasons. First, more options have resulted in students taking fresh fruits and veggies they actually want to eat. They still go nuts for carrots and apples, but the salad bars have also exposed students to unfamiliar veggies like jicama, beets, and zucchini.
Ellensburg SD staff also attended a Smarter Lunchrooms Training where they learned that giving less familiar produce funny names (i.e. "Tasty Tree Tops" and "Super Strength Spinach") makes them more appealing for the youngerstudents.
Second, their schools have very small kitchens and salad bars have allowed Garmong's staff more space to prepare high quality entrées. Their district is able to prep all salad bar ingredients at their central kitchen, freeing up space at school sites for cooking items such as local drumsticks, raw ground beef, and raw ground turkey. From his experience Garmong notes that, "even though there was some resistance from the staff at first, we were actually taking a lot off their plates." Along with reduced prep time, they've also gotten assistance from teachers and specialists at the schools who want to help promote the healthy options on the salad bars.
Ellensburg SD started out with salad bars to provide healthy produce options while simultaneously freeing up space in the kitchens so they could focus on scratch-cook entrees. Three years ago, the schools were at 100% heat-and-serve meals, now they're at 50%, and next year they hope to have 75-80% scratch-cook operations. Just like when Garmong decided to take away flavored milk this year, introducing healthier options didn't affect their numbers.
"It's really just a matter of changing the status quo and making that the new normal."
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Bingo Night is Wednesday, February 22nd at 6pm. Volunteers needed (see Parent Council Banner)
2/6 2017-18 Cheer/Stuntman applications out
2/8 Cheer/Stuntman mandatory parent meeting 6-6:45
2/17 applications due
2/20-2/24 teacher evaluation week
2/27 & 2/28 tryout material learning and partner pairing 6-8pm
3/6 & 3/7 Tryout material review/practice 6-8pm
3/8 mock tryouts 6-8pm
3/9 mock tryouts 6-7pm; stuntman tryouts 7-8pm
On Tuesday, March 7th, author Dan Gemeinhart will be at Lincoln. He is the author of "The Honest Truth", about a 12 year old boy with cancer who runs away from his home in Wenatchee, traveling 200 miles to climb Mount Rainier. There will be assemblies and book signings throughout the day.