Wed Apr 14 2021, 6:15pm
Woodland High School Library and Zoom
Study Session


Learning Supports and Alternatives Report

To: Michael Green

From: Jake Hall

Date: 4.8.21

Re: April 2021 Board Report

Alternative Learning Experiences

To use an analogy of a strong motor, Lewis River Academy is operating like a well-oiled machine and TEAM High School is “kicking into high gear” with many students finishing courses, earning grades, and getting closer to graduation! At TEAM High School we have a new teacher, Preston Brooks. Preston is learning the alternative education systems and providing oversight for students in their junior year; he will also serve as a long-term substitute for Jillian Domingo starting May 21, 2021. As we approach graduation season, we are fortunate and grateful to have been able to add Preston along with Joni Meize into our TEAM Team! 

Family and Community Resource Center

We have been focusing on the following projects at the FCRC:

  • Planning and preparing for Back to School Bash August 22, 2021
  • Working with staff and community members to create our first Latino Resource Fair on May 15, 2021
  • Applying for a Community Foundation Grant for emergency rent assistance, hotel vouchers, and utility shut-off prevention funds for families for next school year
  • Working with the Cowlitz Community Foundation on their Childcare Grant
  • Helping marginalized populations access vaccine opportunities as they become eligible

K-12 Attendance

With all that families are navigating during the pandemic this school year, Stacy Mouat has shifted her efforts from student attendance compliance to collaborative problem-solving with families and students who have not been engaging in their online or in-person learning. Stacy has primarily done this collaboration with families and students via phone, email, texts, and home visits to problem-solve solutions. As we move into in-person instruction at the various grade levels, we will work to carefully, respectfully re-familiarize our families with our district attendance policy, procedures, and expectations. The efforts around student engagement are still centered on problem-solving with families and students.

K-12 Health Services

Kerri Six, our district nurse, finished our annual health “district assessment” for ESD 112. Our health and nursing staff continue to provide guidance and facilitation for families about immunizations required for in-person learning. 

LAP Program

As our K-4 students have been able to return to full-time instruction, we have continued to increase our intervention services. For example, we moved our K-1 students to five days a week of intervention reading instruction to help close the gap for our youngest learners. We continue to look at our progress monitoring data and make individualized decisions based on student data, restructuring our groups as needed.

Special Services

We have submitted 24 “Safety Net” Individual Education Programs (IEPs) along with their unique spreadsheets that account for service costs, to the OSPI. This “Safety Net” effort is a request to our state educational agency (OSPI) to recover some of the expenses required for our students per federal guidelines. This was the largest amount of Safety Net IEPs and request for reimbursement we have had yet in our district.   

Title Program

At WMS, the Title program has been focused on addressing learning loss for our most struggling learners in the following ways: