Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year!
What an exciting time in education as we continue to embrace 21st century teaching and learning. We will implement the 3rd year of our robust district plan, known as the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), to meet the needs of our students and improve academic achievement.
Our school community is growing with the addition of the Early Learning Center and a new preschool at each elementary school. Additionally, Stony Point Academy has joined the District, offering a college and career preparatory program through high school. BUSD now offers a full PreK-12th continuum of quality education for the Bellevue Community.
We are particularly excited to open the BUSD Dual Immersion (DI) Spanish-English program in 2016-17, beginning with Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten (K). The DI program is located on the Kawana Springs campus.
Our instructional program includes a 1:1 (student to technology device) environment starting in 3rd grade, allowing for a Teach to One program. The instructional program for all secondary students includes a commitment to personalized learning with competency-based instruction. In the elementary grades, we are beginning this journey with adaptive learning programs and a focused system of supports to ensure that all students master grade level expectations.
We will continue to provide a longer school year for students (3 week Learning Academy in June 2017), longer school day for primary grades, academic intervention during spring break, focused support for K-3rd literacy, PE for all students, and liaisons for every school. This year, we are implementing our new Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) and GATE plans. We will continue to offer extended transitional kindergarten, or "TK Plus" to students turning 5 years-old after December 2nd.
We remain committed to student health and well-being, as we know it supports student learning. We are offering the dental sealant program to all students, and we are continuing our on-site meal preparation program, which will begin at Taylor Mountain this year. We are pleased to support "Farm-to-Table" with local produce and vendors. Having students participate consistently in PE, starting in kindergarten, also reflects our commitment to health and well-being.
We look forward to working together in the Bellevue Community to educate 21st century citizens who contribute to our world and make it an even better place.
Alicia Henderson, Ph. D.
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2016-17 Teachers of the Year
Bellevue – Nina Craig (5)
Kawana Academy – Beth Wilson (K)
Meadow View – Sarah Goodin (5)
Taylor Mountain – Areli Carranza (TK)
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