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Board Approves New Boundaries

(Updated December 3, 2012)

Thanks to all the families that applied for open enrollment at Chief Kanim Middle School for the 2013-14 school year.  The District received 96 Intradistrict Transfer applications by the Friday, November 30 deadline. The lottery to randomly draw up to 75 applications will occur the week of December 3. All families who have applied will be notified by e-mail and/or phone by December 6 -- as to whether they have been selected for transfer or are being placed on the waiting list.

For those students selected through the lottery, parents must confirm acceptance and commit to their student transfer(s) by Monday, December 10 at 4:00 pm. Please call Laurie Edwards at 425.831.8019 or send her an email at edwardsll@svsd410.org indicating your commitment to the transfer.

If there are selections that are not confirmed by Monday, Dec. 10, the District will contact families on the waiting list by phone to fill open spots. The waiting list will be compiled in the order that the applications are drawn in the lottery (if received by the Nov. 30 deadline), followed by the date received for any applications that may come in after the deadline.

Thank you for your patience and assistance in helping to balance enrollment between our middle schools next year.

 

(Updated November 16, 2012)

To review the Boundary Information Packet mailed home to Snoqualmie area families impacted by the boundary change click here. The deadline to return the completed Intradistrict Transfer form to the District is November 30 by 4pm.

After careful consideration of public feedback and potential impacts to our middle school learning communities, the Snoqualmie Valley School District Board of Directors took action at their November 8 meeting, to approve the Middle School Attendance Boundary Committee recommendation of Option F for the 2013-14 school year.

Option F was determined to best serve our middle school population in two schools (CKMS and TFMS), until such time that the district is able to return to a three middle school system.

Some of the factors contributing to the recommendation and subsequent adoption of Option F include:

  • Minimizes disruption with better immediate and long-term alignment of elementary to middle school feeder patterns. (Currently three elementary schools "feed" entirely to an individual middle school; this option increases the number to four elementary schools feeding cleanly.)
  • Significant community support for Option F;
  • Transportation indicates Option F would be the most straight-forward to transition to;
  • Does not disrupt neighborhoods that were most recently impacted by previous elementary attendance boundary changes;
  • Provides the best socio-economic balance between schools;
  • Also, Option F creates a long-term solution for if/when the district is able to build a 3rd middle school and 6th elementary (on properties the district owns on Snoqualmie Ridge) which the district will need to serve its growing population.
  • Confident that a close enrollment balance can be achieved between middle schools with a limited “Open Enrollment” process in conjunction with providing transportation on existing bus routes in The Ridge to CKMS.

Click here to review details on Option F with the open enrollment provision to balance the two schools each year.

Next Step: The district will be notifying families impacted by the change next week. At the same time, information will be provided about the period of Open Enrollment for families that are interested in transferring from the Twin Falls Middle School attendance area to the Chief Kanim Middle School attendance area.

For information presented to date on this boundary review process, please see below. Click here to review the full recommendation presented to the School Board.

Thank you for your interest and participation in the attendance boundary review process.

 

 

(posted October 31, 2012)
Since early October, the Attendance Boundary Study Committee has been meeting to review enrollment projections, school building capacities, demographic data, policy criteria, and developing attendance area transfer options with the charge to make a recommendation on where approximately 460 Snoqualmie Middle School students will attend school next fall when SMS is converted to the Freshman Campus.

After careful consideration of public feedback and potential impacts to our middle school learning communities, the committee recommended Option F at the October 30 School Board meeting.

The committee believes that Option F will best serve our middle school population in two schools (CKMS and TFMS), until such time that the district is able to return to a three middle school system.

Some of the factors contributing to the recommendation of Option F include:

  • Minimizes disruption with better immediate and long-term alignment of elementary to middle school feeder patterns. (Currently three elementary schools "feed" entirely to an individual middle school; this option increases the number to four elementary schools feeding cleanly.)
  • Significant community support for Option F;
  • Transportation indicates Option F would be the most straight-forward to transition to;
  • Does not disrupt neighborhoods that were most recently impacted by previous elementary attendance boundary changes;
  • Provides the best socio-economic balance between schools;
  • Also, Option F creates a long-term solution for if/when the district is able to build a 3rd middle school and 6th elementary (on properties the district owns on Snoqualmie Ridge) which the district will need to serve its growing population.

Click here to review details on Option F.

Option F with a caveat: To help reduce the enrollment imbalance that occurs in Option F, the District intends to provide the opportunity for limited "open enrollment" at CKMS next year (and in subsequent years). This would allow a limited number of students from CVES/TFMS families to apply to "choice into" CKMS for various reasons. Based upon recent trends in enrollment and feedback received throughout the attendance boundary process, the committee is confident this open enrollment opportunity will adequately balance the two schools. If the recommendation is approved, the open enrollment process would likely take place soon thereafter and involve a capped number of transfers granted to ensure a balance between the two schools. If there is more interest in transfers to CKMS than openings, the process may involve a lottery drawing of those who apply by a specific deadline, similar to the Full-day Kindergarten selection process. The District is also looking into the possibility of providing bus transportation to help facilitate a balance between the two schools.

Next Step: The School Board confirmed that it plans to take action on the middle school boundary recommendation at their next regular meeting on November 8, 2012. This meeting will begin at 6:30pm at a new location of Snoqualmie City Hall (38624 SE River Street, Snoqualmie, WA 98065). 

Review the full recommendation.

The approved attendance boundaries will be posted online the next day. To review all information presented to date on this boundary review process, please see info below.

Thank you for your interest and participation in the attendance boundary review process.

 

 

 

(posted October 29, 2012)
Committee's Recommendation to be Presented to School Board October 30

On Tuesday evening, October 30, the Boundary Study Committee will make its final recommendation to the School Board on new middle school attendance boundaries for next fall.  The meeting will begin at 6:30pm at Mount Si High School in the Wildcat Court. As part of the Boundary Review Process, this recommendation is the culmination of four weeks of study and public discussion on a variety of options to determine whether students currently attending SMS will attend CKMS or TFMS, when the SMS facility becomes the Mount Si Freshman Campus starting the 2013-14 school year. 

The following morning, on October 31, the recommendation will be posted here on the district website. 

The School Board of Directors will likely take action regarding new middle school boundaries at their November 8 regular meeting, scheduled for Snoqualmie City Hall at 6:30pm.

Three Boundary Options Now Under Consideration

(posted October 19, 2012)

 

In this next phase of the Middle School Boundary Review Process, the committee has narrowed the five options that were initially proposed to three, after considering feedback from community members and school board criteria. The remaining models include: Option C, Option D and a newly created Option F.

 

Click here to explore the three boundary options, where you'll find maps, data, and frequently asked questions. Then share your thoughts online via Survey #2 (open through October 25), or attend one of three public meetings to ask questions and offer comments in person.

 

Please note a change in the location/time of Monday's public meeting below. The same content will be shared at each of the three meetings:

  • Monday, October 22, 6pm in the Mount Si High School Wildcat Court
  • Tuesday, October 23, 6pm in the Chief Kanim Middle School Commons
  • Wednesday, October 24, 6:30pm, Online E-Meeting (Watch the Oct. 24 webcast if you missed it live!)

If you have questions please contact Jeff Hogan at hoganj@svsd410.org or 425.831.8004

 

Thanks for your time to learn the facts and share your thoughts on the middle school boundary adjustments that will go into effect next fall for the 2013-14 school year.

 

See archived notices below...

(update as of October 18)

Survey #1 regarding five preliminary middle school boundary options closed October 16.  Thanks to all who submitted their comments and suggestions.  Please check back late Friday afternoon, October 19, for an update and a second opportunity to provide feedback online regarding a prioritized list of options.

Explore 5 Potential New Boundary Options

(posted October 9, 2012)

The Middle School Attendance Boundary Study Committee has developed five potential attendance boundary options, as part of the process underway to determine whether Snoqualmie Middle School students will attend Twin Falls Middle School or Chief Kanim Middle School next fall (2013), when the SMS building becomes the Mount Si Freshman Campus.

The committee carefully considered school enrollment data, growth projections, student demographics, and transportation logistics in our district to develop options that will distribute our district's grade 6-8 student population between the two remaining schools. Criteria from School Board Policy 3130 "Attendance Boundaries" was used to help guide this difficult work.

Click here to explore the five boundary options, where you'll find maps, data, and frequently asked questions. (Plus, see below for background information on the process and timeline.) After you've had a chance to review this information, we invite you to share your feedback with the District and School Board through a quick online survey that will be open until noon on October 16 (select link above). If you have questions please contact Jeff Hogan at hoganj@svsd410.org or 425.831.8004.

Middle Boundary Review Process & Timeline

(posted September 24, 2012) 

This fall, a Boundary Review Process will be initiated to determine new middle school attendance boundaries for next year. The study and process will take place during the month of October, with the goal to finalize boundary decisions by early November, 2012.

Why is this needed? New attendance boundaries are needed to determine where students, who are currently zoned to attend Snoqualmie Middle School (SMS), will attend next fall --either Chief Kanim Middle School (CKMS) or Twin Falls Middle School (TFMS). The transition from three to two middle schools in our district will go into effect at the same time the SMS building is converted to the Mount Si Freshman Campus. In the absence of passing a school bond to build a replacement middle school, this solution uses the district's existing facilities to alleviate over-crowding at Mount Si High School and provide a unique and cohesive environment for all 9th graders in the district to more effectively transition into the rigor of high school.

Why now? Adjusting attendance boundaries sooner than later has several advantages, even though the actual transition is still a year away. Confirming the distribution of students and their specific needs will serve as a guide for future planning such as: staffing decisions, providing special education support where needed, adding modular classrooms to CKMS and TFMS, and transportation planning. By finalizing the new boundaries this fall, our schools will also have more time for transition and welcoming activities, which will help students from all three middle schools get better acquainted.

The Boundary Review Process. Our district has guided several boundary review processes over the past ten years, when opening new schools or balancing student populations among existing school buildings. We've accomplished this in different ways, with varying degrees of committee involvement, and have learned some lessons as we've streamlined the process. Improved technology provides the district a very accurate view of where students reside for developing viable options, and our communication tools enable more ways for community awareness and input. The process moving forward involves a district committee with several administrators and technical staff, working to research and present preliminary options for community input. Based on community feedback and attention to the criteria in board policy, the committee will narrow the options to include the top preferences and provide another opportunity for community feedback, before making a recommendation to the Board on a final boundary solution. Click here for the Middle School Boundary Process & Timeline presentation as presented to the School Board on September 13.

Timeline for the 2012 Middle School Boundary Study (some dates approximate):

  • September 13 - Boundary Review Process and timeline presented to School Board
  • Late September - Communicate boundary process and timeline
  • October 9 - Release initial draft boundary options
  • October 9-16 - Open online Survey #1 to collect public feedback on five boundary options
  • October 19 - Announce short list of boundary options, if necessary
  • October 19-25 - Open online Survey #2 for public feedback on remaining options
  • October 22 - Community meeting to review options and gather feedback (6:00pm @ MSHS)
  • October 23 - Community meeting to review options and gather feedback (6:00pm @ CKMS)
  • October 24 - Online E-Meeting to review options and gather feedback (6:30pm E-Meeting)
  • October 30 - Board meeting: Recommendation on attendance boundary to Board and opportunity for citizen comment on the boundary recommendation
  • November 8 - Board meeting: Board adoption of new middle school boundary

Follow this process: The district will post updates on our website headlines, and will use the District E-News to send email notifications when there are new opportunities for public input on boundary options. (Be sure to subscribe to E-News, if you have not already, if you'd like to receive important email updates from the Snoqualmie Valley School District and your schools.)

From past experience, we have learned that it is very difficult please everyone when it comes to adopting new attendance boundaries -- and that differing opinions and strong passions will emerge among parents. With this in mind, we'd like to thank you in advance for your time to learn the facts and contribute to this process. Please keep in mind that both CKMS and TFMS are committed to maintaining high quality educational standards and positive middle school learning environments as they welcome SMS students and staff to their school family next fall. The positive support and encouragement you give your child when discussing the changes will play a huge role in his/her successful transition...with new opportunities and new friendships in the coming year.