Kuna School District Update
Inspiring each student to become a lifelong learner and a contributing, responsible citizen
April 17, 2015
"Unity is strength...when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." -Maddie Stepanek
The Kuna Way is a collaborative way. In our district, we work together to improve our system for the purpose of improving the lives of our students. While much of the work we do is with each other via School Leadership Teams, Grade Level or Department Teams, Negotiations, and Administrative Teams, we become even better at meeting our children’s needs when we access the expertise and dedication of our community members. The purpose of today’s update is notify you about some of the collaborative committee work currently in progress that directly connects to the following School Board’s goals:
- Maintain and grow a high quality educational system, including student achievement, and community and parent partnerships.
- Maintain and cultivate safe, effective, and efficient operational and fiscal practices.
- Improve community satisfaction, relations and communications.
In order to best address these three goals, I have formed the following three collaborative committees that include community members, employees and students:
1. Accountability and Transparency Committee is facilitated by Director Melanie DeLashmutt and composed of fully invested stakeholder from each of the five Trustee zones. In addition to reviewing budget information and reports, the committee will also serve as the district’s audit committee for the Board of Trustees. The committee is tasked with assisting the School Board to be accountable for all monies the district has received and to assist the district to clearly show the community how and why monies have moved throughout the school district. In other words, the committee will assist the Board to be able to answer to the taxpayers that the district spent the money in the areas they said they would. I am proud to be able to work with a committee that will help us to continue to improve our regular financial review processes.
2. Superintendent's Advisory Committee is facilitated by Superintendent Wendy Johnson and composed of a parent representative from each school and a student from KMS, KHS & IPHS.
The main focus of this committee is to meet with the Superintendent and other district staff on a regular basis during the school year to complete the following important work:
- identify common needs and goals among the parents and students enrolled in Kuna School District.
- provide feedback and insight from both the parent’s perspective and the student’s perspective on school process, policies and initiatives to ensure that the needs of parents, students and their families are included as decisions that are made in the district.
- address existing and emerging issues expressed by parents at the school they represent.
- serve as an advisory body that makes recommendations, encourages brainstorming and provides opportunities for parent and student involvement in a variety of topics such as preparation for college, career and citizenship and other system improvement ideas.
- facilitate communication between and among the parents and parent organizations from all district schools.
- serve as a forum for sharing innovations and best practices from around the district.
3. Facilities Committee is chaired by community leader Jim Ford and assisted by Assistant Superintendent
Devan DeLashmutt and composed of community members and district and school staff.
This committee will review the status of the district’s current facilities and develop recommendations to
address the district’s facility needs for the coming years.
Please note that these are not the only items I am focused on improving--my main focus as the chief
educational leader of the district is collaborate with each of you to continuously improve the achievement of
our students and create systems that move us closer each day to the school board's vision of ensuring that
every student has the future he/she desires.
Nominate a Colleague Who Inspires You as Our Next Employee of the Year!
Anyone (students, parents, colleagues, administrators, etc.) can submit a nomination by completing the
electronic nomination form located on the KSD website, www.kunaschools.org. The categories are as follows:
• District Support Staff Employee of the Year
• School-Based Classified Employee of the Year
• School-Based Educator of the Year
Each school will also be celebrating a Friend to Educator—a volunteer in their school who inspires the best
The Employee of the Year Celebration will be Friday, May 7 from 8:30 – 10:00 in the Kuna Performing Arts
Center within Kuna High School.
It’s Time to Investigate a Math Resource Solution
All you math teachers, in the coming week, please be on the look-out for an update on some opportunities to
pilot some math resources. Teams are currently working diligently to coordinate some possible math resources
and professional development for exploring. More information to come soon!
Celebrate KSD’s Superheroes!
If you have a celebration that you'd like to share, we encourage you visit http://www.kunaschools.org.Select the Rumors, Questions and Feedback link within the “Quick Links" tab.
KSD Students Work Hard for the Community During Spring Break
While many of Kuna’s students were taking advantage of spring break to relax, a hard-working team of young people took spring break to improve our community.
Coordinated through a non-profit, student led organization called One Stone, Kuna students created a plan to beautify Kuna. Some of the projects they completed
included a new sand volleyball court behind the Kuna Visitors Center, a mosaic on the back of the bandshell and pillar and fence art I and near the park. A huge shout
out to the following Kuna students for their leadership and community service:
Hayden Hust, Jesus Duran, Mackenzie Thomas, Mari Baeza, Kyra Keomanivong, Justine Welfley, Kenya Morales, Martiza Gonzalez, Janay Trent, Christian Bahena, Estephani Lopez, Poter Winward, Sarah Wollan, Cassie Hettinga, Mackay Trent, Lupita Corona, Skylar Newton, Madi Thurston, Marina Baeza, Erin Kelly, Jesus Villagomez, Fatima Jimenez, Angel Olmeda, and Kayla Addington.
Thank You to Our Amazing Assessment Proctors!
Interim Assessment Coordinators Tammy Merithew and Kim Nixon would like to send an extra thank you to the following amazing assessment proctors for all of their help through our transition to the SBAC assessment:
Angie Robarts Gail Pavlock Karin Bonham Melissa Milward Susan Lords
Cheryl Hainsworth Holly Murray Lisa Wright Pam MacFarlane Denise Shull
Danielle Gunny Jenni Gordley Lori Fuller Patty Bodily Crystal Kulack
Erica Collins Jill Cloward Margaret Roberts Shannon Wilcox
Have You Heard a Rumor and Want to Know the Answer? Post your question on our website!
It is easy for rumors to get started in light of all the questions and concerns employees and parents have regarding the future of the Kuna School District. If you've heard a rumor that you'd like to get an "official" response on, we encourage you visit http://www.kunaschools.org/. Select the "Rumors, Questions and Feedback" link within the “Quick Links" tab.