Special Back to School Section

Published on Thu, Aug 26, 2010
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Blaine High School

By Scott Ellis, Blaine high school principal

It is indeed a privilege to work in this community with our youth. One of the goals of education is to prepare students for their future so that they may recognize and seize its opportunities, meet its challenges and avoid its pitfalls. Whether our students proceed to college, the military or directly to an apprenticeship or the workforce, it is our job to prepare them. We are fortunate to have an extremely knowledgeable staff that cares deeply for our students. We will work hard to make every minute count, to help them learn as much as possible and to prepare them for the future.

To Parents and Community: Our great task as a school and as a community is to prepare our children, our young adults, our students, for the inevitable changes and challenges they will face. This is a task that requires the efforts of parents, teachers and community members working together. Not only do we need to help our students learn the content and skills that they will need on the job or in college, but we also need to help them learn to be responsible and thoughtful. We need to provide them with opportunities they can seize and challenges they can face and meet, both inside and outside of the classroom. We need to help them recognize all that they are capable of and then move them to realize their unique and extraordinary potential. As a school, we are committed to meeting this challenge. We will strive diligently to increase student learning by providing a rigorous and relevant curriculum for all students, by maintaining an orderly environment where students may learn and teachers may teach, by fostering an atmosphere where everyone treats each other with mutual respect and where everyone, students and teachers alike, work to continually learn and improve their performance. Working together we will provide our students with the fine education that Blaine desires.

To B.H.S. Students: It goes without saying that everyone wants you to get good grades. I would like to add something to that. I would like to ask each student to participate. There is academic value in a student being present in class, in hearing the explanations of teachers, in discussing subjects with other students. Although as students you are able to read text and pass examinations, if you have not authentically participated or have not become involved in classroom discussions you will miss a valuable part of the education that is offered at Blaine high school.

I would invite the entire community to attend our events, both curricular and co-curricular and welcome parents to stop by the office or peruse the website. We are here to support you and your students. Thank you for allowing us to share the year with your children.


Blaine Middle School

Welcome back to Blaine middle school where we are proudly united in learning and leadership! We’re excited to see the students come back to school on September 1 and are expecting a great year. At Blaine middle school, we work hard to provide a safe and positive school experience. We teach to the state standards, assess student work and provide interventions to improve performance.

In the 2010-2011 school year we will continue to offer morning and afternoon academies to provide students support for reading and math. In addition, we are increasing our focus on interventions by adding co-teaching to our instructional framework. This will help many students receive more targeted academic services.

As part of our continued support of student interventions, we will be working with an intervention model to help more students learn. The structure is called Response To Intervention or RTI and will help the middle school staff organize and use data to support student skill building.

Working together to create the best educational experience for our students is essential to student success. We recognize that each student benefits from a collaborative school and home relationship and hope to see you at school activities such as the open house in September and conferences in November. Thank you for all you do and we will see you soon.

Blaine Elementary School

By Craig Baldwin, Blaine elementary school principal

It’s with excitement and anticipation I write this first letter to the to the Blaine community introducing the 2010-11 school year. I’m both excited and grateful to be serving as Blaine elementary’s new principal this year. Having grown up in Blaine and attended its schools K-12, I’m eager to serve this community, which did so much to nurture my life journey. Each start of a school year is an exciting event for staff, students and families. The cyclical nature of our schools allows to us begin anew each and every year…what a gift! I’m very excited to meet Blaine’s many students and families as well as those Borderites who may not have children attending Blaine schools, but are passionate about the importance of educating children and the role of schools in our community.

Blaine elementary’s mission is to work in partnership with our community and families to educate and inspire students as they develop the skills necessary to reach their academic and creative potential. We also nurture respectful, socially responsible and life long learners. On that note I want to share with you how important your support of schools is to student learning. Whether you are a parent, grandparent or interested community member, your support of children in the Blaine community is essential! Adults in our community can support students through volunteerism in the schools, attending various school events, mentoring children in your neighborhood, voting, staying informed about school related issues or just caring about the growth and success of our children through public education.

Blaine elementary has been working hard to provide a student-centered environment that challenges and empowers learners through high expectations in a respectful, cooperative atmosphere. This year the Blaine elementary staff will continue its focus on developing interventions to support students who are not reaching standards academically. In concert with this, staff also recognizes the need to support those students who are ready for more rigorous and challenging educational experiences. Over the past few years Blaine elementary has seen growth in both school-based and state assessment results. This trend of gradual academic growth is important and points to the effort of students, parents and staff in helping students to achieve at higher levels. Student core academic experiences are complemented by participation in outstanding physical, technological and arts education programs. Blaine elementary will continue this focused effort to support students and their learning in the 2010-11 school year.

As we educate our future community leaders Blaine elementary promotes not only academic, but also social and emotional learning. This positive culture is supported by the 4 B’s: be safe, be respectful, be responsible and be productive. Blaine elementary will continue to value and support a safe, caring and productive learning environment for all of our community members - adults and students.

We begin our school year on September 1. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. each school day for those students wanting to participate in morning activities or have breakfast in our cafeteria. If students choose not to participate in these activities doors are open at 8:50 a.m. Blaine elementary staff are excited to start the 2010-11 school year! Blaine elementary welcomes families or community members to visit or call our school with questions. As a new member of this Blaine elementary family of students, parents and staff I’m excited to welcome you to the 2010-11 school year. See you September 1!

Blaine Primary School

By Nancy Bakarich, Blaine primary school principal

Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year! We are excited for the school year to start and see all those smiling faces coming through our doors.

We would like to welcome the following new staff members to Blaine primary school: Mrs. Andrea Harmeling – counselor, Ms. Sally Isner – recess associate and Ms. Cathi Hepker – speech pathologist. We are excited to introduce our newest members.

To continue and strengthen the communication between parents and Blaine primary school I will be hosting Parent Coffee Talks with the first one September 21 at 6 – 7 p.m. in the primary school multipurpose room. Please bring any topics/ideas you have and we will develop upcoming meetings. I’m very excited about visiting with the parents of the students here at Blaine primary school.

In the first two weeks of school your child will be bring home the Blaine primary school Student Handbook. Please take a few minutes to go through the handbook and if you have any questions please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or myself.

The primary school feels very fortunate to have the ongoing support of our parents, school board and community. Please feel free to visit and/or volunteer in our school, whether you have children in our building or not. We love to have others helping us enrich the lives and education of our students.

On behalf of the staff and myself, we are looking forward to September 1 and the start of another fabulous year at Blaine primary school.