By the Numbers – Fall 2019 Hilander Highlights

image of printed newsletterAnother school year is well underway and a few things have changed here at Kelso School District. Just like you can never step in the same river twice, you can never attend the same school district twice. Here’s a fresh look at who we are as a body of students and staff, and what’s happening in our six areas of focus.

Here’s a printer-friendly pdf of this issue.

Our Students

  • 87.3% – 2018 grad rate vs 80.9% state average
  • 49% – of Kelso graduates enrolled in 4- or 2-year university or technical college or military program
  • 5,146 – total students
  • 57%  – free and reduced lunch
  • 24 – different languages spoken by students
  • 206 – students attending Kelso schools on a boundary exception from neighboring districts

 

Our Teachers

  • 12.4 – average years of teaching experience
  • 68% – have a Master’s degree
  • 25% – attended Kelso schools themselves
  • 38% went to WSU (Cougars)
  • 4% went to UW (Huskies)

 

 

Priority Goals

Climate/Culture

  • 100% of elementary classrooms start their day with social-emotional learning (SEL)
  • 100% of elementary schools have a Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS)
  • 79% reduction in behavior-based special education referrals

Early Learning

  • 200+ – people attended Kinderpalooza to support kinder readiness
  • 31% – of eligible pre-K kids are enrolled in Head Start/ECEAP
  • 100% – of K-1 classrooms receive a strong research-based literacy foundation

Quality Instruction

  • 100% of district purchased instructional materials rank highest in EdReports
  • Priority goals include English language arts (ELA) and mathematics
  • 2018-19 adoptions included world language, high school ELA and music
  • 2019-20 adoption pilot includes K-8 mathematics

Career, College & Community Ready

  • 1 of 4 districts in the state on the Advanced Placement Honor Roll
  • 15 – AP/Honors/College in the High School classes offered
  • 53 – Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses offered
  • 57.6% – of HS students completed at least one dual credit course

Fiscal / Bond

  • $139.8M – total 2019-20 budget ($60M allocated for school construction)
  • 2018 voter-approved bond is tracking on time and on budget (visit WeAreKelso.org for up-to-date info)
  • Upcoming February 11, 2020 levy

We are Kelso: Welcome new teachers!

This year, we’re excited to welcome 19 new teachers to the Kelso School District. Five of them were Kelso students, themselves. Here are a few fun facts about these educators:

District-wide

  • Audrie Luczek, Speech Language Pathologist – Audrie became a Speech Language Pathologist because she’s had her own history with speech therapy, and communication intervention is such a life-changing experience.
  • Christopher Reeves, Physical Therapist – Christopher has a doctorate in physical therapy

Barnes Elementary

  • Amy Allison, Special Education – Amy’s favorite hobbies are riding her horses and traveling.

Beacon Hill Elementary

  • Tammy Parsons, 4th grade – Tammy’s crazy 6 month old golden retriever puppy makes her laugh the most.
  • Lili Venegas, 3rd grade – Lili says her grandparents are her heroes. They are the most loving, kind, wonderful people she has ever met. They inspire her to be better every day.
  • Tony Whipps, 5th grade – Three things three things still left on Anthony’s bucket list: Hike the Pacific Crest Trail, survive the teenage years with his kids, and live off the grid in a tiny house.

Butler Acres

  • Carly Sims, 5th grade – Carly’s most fun/unusual talent? She can juggle on a unicycle.

Catlin Elementary

  • Erin Schuhmacher, Counselor – Erin had the same answer for these 3 questions: What makes you laugh? What inspires/motivates you? Who is your hero? Her son. He has special needs and just learned how to talk last year, at age 4 and a half.

Wallace Elementary

  • Sarah Dahl, Occupational Therapist – Sarah’s favorite hobby is agate hunting at the coast
  • Tyler Hutchison, Structured Learning – 3 three things still left on Tyler’s bucket list are: sky-diving, seeing a UFO, and having some children

Coweeman Middle

  • David Shoddy, Science – Three things three things still left on David’s bucket list: Earn his master’s degree, buy a motorcycle and go on long summer trips in the northwest, and visit Alaska.
  • Sierra Wishard, English Language Learner/Math – If Sierra could have one superpower, it would be flying. So she could see the world, save money and help with pollution.

Huntington Middle

  • Allan Brown, Resource Classroom Teacher (also at Loowit) – When Allan was a child, he wanted to be a sports agent.
  • John Speed, Special Education – When John was a child, he wanted to be a lawyer.

Kelso High

  • Shawn Beattie, Math – When asked what motivates or inspires him, Shawn said, “No matter what happens today, tomorrow is a new day.”
  • Noah Hall, English – Noah’s favorite teacher was Mr. Kim, because he helped Noah find his passion for writing.
  • Liz Hoopfer, Math – Liz’s  most fun/unusual talents are: playing ice hockey, she can name all 50 states in under 15 seconds, and can name every country – which takes a bit longer.
  • Liz Prudnikova, Math – In her new job here, Liz is most looking forward to impacting and making connections with students and becoming part of the Kelso community.
  • Justin Roberts, Language Arts & Social Studies – Three things still left on Justin’s bucket list are: See Alcatraz (as a visitor),go to a Ravens game in Baltimore, and see Elephants in the wild of Africa.

Loowit High

  • Allan Brown, Resource Classroom Teacher – When Allan was a child, he wanted to be a sports agent.

 

new teachers - fun

We Are Kelso: We are 1

ASB students

With the unifying theme of “We are 1”, seven associated student body (ASB) officers are poised and ready to lead Kelso High through a great year. Their goals: increase school spirit, model inclusiveness, making it cool to be involved again, and making students feel like they belong.

 

Congratulations, officers!

  • Eugene Ivankin, senior – ASB President
  • Haley Herbert, senior – Vice President
  • Kennedy Williams, senior – Treasurer
  • Sidney Martin, senior – Publicity Manager
  • Adriana Ramirez, junior – Publicity Manager
  • Madison Forsberg, senior – Business Manager
  • Cooper Joy, senior – Activities Coordinator

We are Kelso: Kelso Public Schools Foundation (KPSF)

The Kelso Public Schools Foundation (KPSF) has been serving Kelso students for 28 years. In that time, the organization has given over a million dollars in student scholarships and grants to fund programs and activities in Kelso schools. This year alone, the Foundation provided $110,650 in scholarships to graduating seniors and more than $16,200 in grants to fund programs at schools throughout the district.

“It has been the greatest accomplishment of my life to follow in Ruth Clark’s footsteps. Ruth invited me to join the KPSF board after being a contracted employee since 1993,” said Jana Clarke, Executive Director for the Foundation.  “Everything I do is to honor and memorialize both Ruth and Doctor Marion Clark. As an alumni, it has been my honor to continue the “WE ARE KELSO” spirit.”

Help from the foundation is available through the scholarship season to assist both students and staff with the process.

Since its inception, a total of 34 community members, five district superintendents, nine ex-officio members from the district and five part-time staff have contributed to the success of this organization. You can learn more about this group or make a tax deductible donation at kelsokidz.org.

We are Kelso: Citizens for Kelso Schools (C4KS)

C4KS members

Established in 1991, Citizens for Kelso Schools (C4KS) has been behind the success of  two bond measures and eight levy elections.  As a result of their efforts, our schools have been remodeled, expanded and modernized; and our staff and students have had greater program and materials support. As longtime residents of Kelso – many are Kelso graduates – they help us stay attuned to our community’s priorities.

“We focus on assuring our kids have the very best schools and programs that our community can reasonably provide,” said Mike Haas, C4KS member. “We are very excited about what this bond is accomplishing. The community’s support of this once-in-a-generation measure is greatly appreciated.”

Last year, C4KS helped us get the right message about our bond and levy to the right people in our community through mailers, radio and newspaper ads, phone calls, door-belling and signage.  With their help, both passed and our students will benefit from the upgrades and state-of-the-art schools as a result.

2019 Scholarship Awards

Kelso High School’s 2019 graduates have been awarded a total of $2,362,170 in scholarships. Sixty-seven scholarships totaling $100,650 came from the Kelso Public Schools Foundation. Students also received $76,640 from community organizations, $1,800,000 through the Department of Defense, and $384,880 from colleges and universities.

Congratulations Class of 2019 and good luck with your futures!

Alan Luff          $1,000
WIAA Greater  St. Helen’s League Scholarship

Alexandra Harman      $19,600
Baker Family
Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship
Lower Columbia College Basketball Scholarship
Moore, Max
Stover, Chuck (Class of ’37)

Alexis De La Grange    $11,250
Concordia Merit Scholarship
Kelso Fastpitch  Booster Club

Andrea Morales-Marquez      $180,000
US Army

Asher Lange    $1,200
Kiwanis/Dr. Herron

Ashley McGhee           $2,500
Kelso Volleyball Booster Scholarship
Roberts, Rick
King, Vern

Benjamin Wohl           $180,000
Marine Corps Enlistment

Bergen Whitney          $1,500
Gary Wagner

Blake Fowler   $180,000
Marine Corps Enlistment

Braxton Lloyd    $1,000
Careers that Work!

Brea Ferguson       $500
Elms, Jack

Breanna Ball    $500
Wardlow, Corey

Brenden Kazensky      $1,500
Class of ’45/Laakso, Al
Kelso Rotary Merit Scholarship

Carlos Valencia           $1,000
Mary Anne Wainwright

Carol Byman   $14,650       
Central Washington University Sports Scholarship
Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
Clark, Marion Memorial
Delta Kappa Gamma International
Hilander Hall of Fame/ Kaiser Permanente
Huntington
Kelso Recreation Council
Kelso Rotary Merit – Norm Peterson
Living Educator/Kathy Williamson
Windermere Kelso/Longview

Chance King    $2,000
Careers that Work!
Kelso Eagles- Robert V Larson

Charlee Remick           $300 
Altrusa Award

Chelsey Kissinger        $2,000
Dykstra, Robert Class of ’54
Klawitter, Charles & Anita

Ciara McMains            $6,000
American Workforce Group
Careers that Work!

Colten Jorgenson        $500  
Roy Parsons Memorial

Darina Kuchinskaya    $1,000
Dykstra, Robert Class of ’54

Donovan Smith           $500   
Express Employment

Dustin Cook    $180,000
Marine Corps Enlistment

Elizabeth Olney           $350
Kelso Fastpitch  Booster Club

Elizabeth Whobrey     $250   
Kelso Fastpitch Booster Club

Erik Relation    $6,500
Moore, Lois

Graham Karvolas        $400 
Hilander Hoop Club

Hannah Palenske        $1,500
Kelso Lions Club

Houston Temanson    $9,250
Grand Canyon Provost Scholarship
Kelso Cheer  Booster Scholarship
Longshoreman’s Credit Union

Isaac Ford        $11,000
Kelso Rotary Merit Scholarship
Moore, Lois
SW Symphony
University of Washington Music Scholarship

Jacob Lease     $2,750
Kelso Rotary Merit Scholarship
Stover, Chuck (Class of ’37)

Jacob Redmill  $180,000
Marine Corps Enlistment

James Peabody           $500 
Kelso Rotary Merit Scholarship

Jayden Hardeman       $8,850
Clark Family
Class of  ’45/St. Onge, Alan
DTQ- Brad Thiery
Hilander Hall of Fame/ Kaiser  Permanente
Hilander Hoop Club
John Reichert Scholar-Athlete Fund
Kelso  Recreation Council
Schleif Family
Washington state Bass Federation

Jeremiah Holter-Johnson       $1,800
DTQ – Mike Heuer Memorial Scholarship
Friends of  St. John

 Jesse Laulainen           $8,800
JATC & Northwest Institute of Electrical Technology

Joshua Dowling           $180,000
US Navy

Joshua Wiltfong          $1,000
Kiwanis of  Kelso Longview Key Club

Kahler Kirk      $3,250
Class of ’48/ Roy Dennis
John Reichert Scholar-Athlete Fund
Kelso Rotary Merit Scholarship
KLOG Student of the Month
Ryan Wolf Memorial

Kaylee Seaman           $82,750
Clary, Terri
KLOG Student of the Month
Schleif Family
University of Alabama Academic Scholarship
Vandecar Family

Keaton Bedegi             $875
Cliff Furness

Kevin Wolff           $5,200
Class of ’45/Bailey, Vronia
Kelso Rotary Merit – Make A Difference
Kingsley, Rosemary
McCool  Living Trust- Engineering/Construction

Kurstin Oliver           $500
Kelso Cheer Booster  Scholarship

Levi Redmill          $4,600
Bergman, Sharon
Class of ’45/Armstrong, Colleene
Schleif Family

Lindsey Roberts          $250
Kelso Fastpitch Booster  Club

Maekaili Russell          $2,600
Baker Family
Kelso Lions Club

Makaila Hughes          $1,000
Class of ’52

Makayla Roggow        $500
NW Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship
Scottish  Rite FreeMasonry  Jim Davies

Makenzie Stephenson        $3,500
Kelso Lions Club
Kelso-Longview Early Bird  Lions
Walworth,  Frieda/Wallace Elementary

Megan Johnson         $5,650
Class of  58/Mike Lyons
Georgia Pacific Foundation Scholarship
Kelso Rotary Merit Scholarship
PEO Chapter CO
Red Canoe- Wally Ohlfs
Windermere Kelso/Longview

Michael Murray        $180,000
US Navy

Michael Richards        $22,000   
Arizona State University Discovery Fellows Award
Arizona State University Presidents Award
Bits and Bots
Semi Tech U

Mikayla Schmidt         $2,700
Anderson, Very! & Larry
Carrolls Elementary School Scholarship
PSE of Kelso Chapter #1

Milee Weitman        $875   
Cliff Furness

Olivia Schamel        $1,100
Piper, Walt & Marty

Riley Noah       $27,900
Butler Acres Alumni Scholarship
Central Washington University Sports Scholarship
Cowlitz County Pop Warner
Cummings, Maurice & Betty
DTQ – Walt Piper
Hilander Hoop Club
John Reichert Scholar-Athlete Fund
Kelso Recreation  Council
Kelso Rotary Merit Scholarship
KLOG Student of the Month
Ryan Wolf Memorial
Scottish  Rite Free Masonry Jim  Davies
Stover, Chuck (Class of ’37)

Robert Sherard           $1,000
Careers that Work!

Robin Hardwick       $54,480    
Kelso Rotary Merit -George Ott
Long, Kate
Moore, Max
Reed Grant
Schleif Family

Sam Rosado    $180,000
US Army

Samantha Gould        $250
Kelso Fastpitch  Booster Club

Sandra Rios Rios         $1,500
Hamm, Lori Annette  Memorial
Murphy, Gordon & Pauline

Sarrah Newenhouse   $300
Altrusa Award

Savanah Becker          $250
Kelso Fastpitch Booster Club

Saxon Hickey   $400
Hilander Hoop Club

Shaw Anderson           $220,400
Hilander Hoop Club
Seattle Pacific University

Shelby Hiatt    $2,100
Class of  ’45/Jabusch, Tommy
Schloss, Betty

Skyla Bentley  $4,000
PEO Chapter CO
Western Washington University Presidential Scholarship

Stephen Williams        $180,000
Marine Corps Enlistment

Sydney Hall     $10,350
Jabusch Family Memorial
Kelso Volleyball Booster Scholarship
Presidential Scholar
Rose Valley Grange
Rose Valley PTO

Tally Connors          $3,700
Eastern Washington University Athletic  Scholarship
John Reichert Scholar-Athlete Fund
Kelso Elks Lodge 1482
Schroeder, Emmett

Thomas Nichols          $180,000
Marine Corps Enlistment

Timisha Robinson       $4,600
Kelso Eagles Auxiliary
Mathis, Ernestine
Schleif Family
Stover, Chuck (Class of ’37)

Todd Johanson            $4,500
Butler Acres Alumni Scholarship
Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
Cowlitz County Pop Warner
DTQ – Ed Laulainen Scholarship
Hopkins, Virgil
Kelso Rotary Merit Scholarship

Trey Hartley    $900
Hilander Hoop Club
Steelescape

Tristan Dombrowsky  $3,500
Class of ’45/Ames, Don & Vivian
Jabusch Family Memorial
Kelso Rotary Vocational Scholarship

Zoe Prothero   $11,154
Bergman, Sharon
CFSWW Gerald Bergquist
Class of ’45/Chinn, Willard
Kelso Lions Club
Kelso  Recreation Council
Kelso Rotary Merit – Robert Almos
PEO Chapter CO
Schleif Family

The Arts Issue – May 2019 Hilander Highlights

arts infographic

If we were to make a word bubble of what our students say about their arts classes and clubs, these words would be the largest: acceptance, family, laughter, confidence-building, where I can be myself…

The arts are truly powerful. With 24 classes at Kelso High alone this year, we’re proud to offer a robust selection of offerings to enhance the learning and lives of our students.

Here’s some information, by the numbers, about the arts at KHS.  (Here’s a printer-friendly pdf of the May issue.)

MUSIC

  • 200: students enrolled in 2018/19 music classes
  • 5: teachers
  • 10: music classes offered
  • 3: after school bands
  • 64: musical performances this year
  • 29: students went to state competition this April
  • 5: students made all-state honor groups
  • 180: hours marching band practices for 9 performances
  • 30: leadership positions in KHS music offerings

THEATRE

  • 139: enrollment in 2018/19 theater classes
  • 2: theater classes offered
  • 5: theatrical shows this year
  • 25: active members in the Theatre Club
  • $3,500: average cost to put on a musical theater production
  • $2,000: average cost to put on a theater production
  •             (rights, posters, programs, sets, lights, advertising)
  • 9: fundraisers this year to support productions

VISUAL ARTS

  • 1200: enrollment in 2018/19 visual arts classes
  • 4: teachers
  • 12:  art classes offered
  • 2,700: ceramics pieces per year fired in the KHS kiln
  • 8: pieces of art from KHS students have hung in the U.S. Capitol
  • 100+ pieces of art framed for the Spring Art Show each year

Arts in Education Matters

  • Sustained learning in music and theater correlates strongly with higher achievement in both math and reading.[1]
  • Not only does music improve skills in math and reading, but it promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth.[2]
  • Students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3 times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.[3]
  • Curricular and extracurricular art studies and activities help keep high-risk dropout students stay in school.[4]
  • High school students who earned few or no arts credits were five times more likely not to have graduated than students who earned many arts credits.[5]
  • Students who had intensive arts experiences in high school were three times more likely than students who lacked those experiences to earn a bachelor’s degree. They also were more likely to earn “mostly A’s” in college. [5]
  • Performing arts students show greater flexibility and adaptability in thinking than their peers.[6]
  • Students who participate in the arts develop leadership skills, including decision-making, strategy building, planning, and reflection. [6]
  • Students who have had an arts-rich education volunteer more often and exhibit greater civic engagement than other students. [6]
  • Students with higher involvement in the arts scored better on measures of persistence than their peers with lower arts involvement. [6]

We Are Kelso Spotlights:

 

[1] Americans for the Arts. “Summary of Key Additional Arts Education Research and Facts.”

[2] Weinberger, Norman M. “The Music in Our Minds.” Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, University of California.

[3] National Endowment for the Arts. “Re-Investing in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools.”

[4] National School Boards Association. “Prediction: Identifying potential dropouts.” The Center for Public Education.

[5] National Endowment for the Arts. “The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth.”

[6]  Arts Education Partnership (AEP). “Preparing Students for the Next America.”

We Are Kelso: Breaking out of their shells in Theatre Club

Theatre Club

If you walk by the KHS auditorium on any given day after school, you’re likely to hear people running lines, breaking out in song, or letting out big belly laughs. It’s the Theatre Club holding their regular meeting. The 25 active members are most likely rehearsing, building sets, or planning fundraisers for the two main productions they put on each school year. They may also just be doing a little bit of team bonding. Not that they really need it.

“We’re all family here,” explained Braden Lesh. “Everyone loves each other.”

Maekaili Russell agrees, “It’s everything we go through that makes us a family. We get to understand each other through the process of working together.”

There’s an overwhelming feeling of appreciation and acceptance among the group that’s easy to see; making the vulnerability that comes with acting and performing a little easier.

“Once you enter, you understand that no one will judge you for anything. At all,” Taya Deal emphasized. “You can do the chicken dance and people would join you.”

This year, the club has put on Arsenic and Old Lace and Love’s Labour’s Lost. The dedicated group is completely self-funded. With the average play costing about $2,000 to produce, and the average musical costing $3,500, fundraising is a near constant endeavor. Being part of Theatre Club also requires a fair amount of DIY time, as the students build, paint, disassemble and rebuild their own sets. For all that these students put in, they get even more out.

“I struggle with anxiety and theater helps me break from that shell,” shared Lauren Cramtom. “I can get up and perform for people, but I can’t always talk to them. It helps me realize that people aren’t so scary.”

Rowan Bratton added, “Since being in theater, I’m able to show more of my emotions.” And Levi Redmill said, “Theater helped me build more lasting and meaningful relationships; and how to help others when they’re not feeling great.”

With added benefits like that, it’s no wonder club alumni come back to support current members. Some even travel quite a way to do it, like Michael McMahon who takes a six-hour train ride from Western Washington University to see shows.

That’s not really too surprising to club advisor Sharayah Lovell, whose own passion for theater is hard to beat. She’s been doing theater since she was in third grade and is quick to say one of the best things is “getting to experience this thing I love with them. These kids are phenomenal.”

We Are Kelso: The transformative power of arts in education

At Kelso High School, the arts are alive and well. The robust program has 24 classes taught by 10 passionate teachers; and the quality of their teaching is evidenced by the many successes of their students.

For example, in band, 29 students went to state competition this April, five students made all-state honor groups and another 16 are part of other honor bands. Visual arts students bring home numerous regional awards every year, and KHS students have won first place in the Ceramics Showcase in Portland for the last three years in a row. Thirteen theater students are active members in the International Thespian Society, and 16 more are eligible for induction, which takes place at the end of the year. These are just a handful of the many accomplishments stemming from the arts departments.

Even more important and impressive than the awards and accolades is the growth and development of the students. And that blossoms so well due to the culture nurtured in these classes.

“The kids are really supportive of each other. There’s never a judgmental vibe, so it’s a safe place for them,” said art teacher TJ Frey. “When they trust us, and each other, enough to really put themselves out there, that’s when you see really cool art.”

Theater teacher Sharayah Lovell agrees, and has seen students go from being nervous or shy to being able to explore characters and “stand up in front of people and say anything. They learn how to be vulnerable.”

Arts education also has a unifying force. “We all come from different homes, religions, backgrounds,” says band teacher Daniel Hartley. “That doesn’t matter, because for the next 10 minutes we’re all going to play ONE piece of music together.”

All the arts teachers agree that the classes are about more than the name in the course catalog. “We have a saying here,” Hartley confirms, “you’re here to learn about music and life.”

Frey adds, “It’s about expression, whether it’s band or art or theater. It’s about acceptance, that safe space to develop yourself. The arts lend themselves to self-discovery.”

Indeed, they do.

Where we’re at with Early Learning

(Click here for the printable info-graphic version of this Hilander Highlights)

We’re seeing a steady decline in the number of kids coming to school ready for kindergarten. Some of the ways lack of readiness shows up is in a student’s ability (or not) to walk in lines, self-regulate, work with others, identify letters, or recognize their own name when it’s written. One way that could be recommended to help fix some of these issues, is to allow your children to watch online videos of Kids Learning Toys. These educational videos can help a child’s development by teaching them through fun and colorful videos to capture their attention.

Early learning is one of our top district priorities. In addition to providing additional supports for teachers to meet kids where they are, we’re working on ways to help more kids come to kindergarten ready to learn.

Percent of Kelso School District kids ready in all 6 areas of development over time:

kinder readiness over time

 

Percent of Kelso School District kids ready by area of development in 2018-19:

by area of development

 

# of Development Areas
K-Ready in 2018

Kelso SD

WA Longview SD

Vancouver SD

0 of 6

24%

7.8% 13.9%

2.8%

6 of 6

11.4%

44.9% 25.4%

56%

 

Percent of qualifying kids in Head Start programs:

  • 95% in Longview
  • 50% in Kelso (due to lack of space)

 

What we’re doing to help:

  • The district is looking for more space for Head Start programs and partnerships
  • We’re looking for grants to fund kindergarten readiness training for ALL pre-K and day care providers and teachers in Kelso.

 

Did you know?

  • 71% of kids who are behind when starting kindergarten are still behind in 5th grade (Children’s Reading Foundation)
  • 70% of the achievement gap is created before the beginning of second grade and most likely between birth and kindergarten (Northwest Evaluation Association)

 

What care givers can do:

  • 20 minutes of reading a day builds attachment, resilience and empathy
  • Label household items so kids see letters in relation to things
  • Play with purpose
    • Find all the red vegetables
    • Count toys in a box
    • Identify shapes

Look at the Readiness Family Checklist by Spokane Public Schools for more: bit.ly/k-readiness