School District Board of Directors updates their action plan for family engagement.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Big Muddy School serves 15 students of employees at the Washington Family Ranch.
Big Muddy School, some 51 miles from Madras on the Washington Family Ranch, was the site of the Nov. 13 meeting of the School District 509-J Board of Directors.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Students from the Big Muddy School attend the 509-J School District Board of Directors meeting at their school Nov. 13.Parents, students, and Big Muddy School teachers Kerick Adams and Dena Palmaymesa attended the meeting, and displays of student work was put up in the hallways.

An update on the district's action plan for 2018-19 was given. Actions call for implementing professional learning communities (done on late start Mondays) in all schools. Job embedded professional learning will continue at all schools to build teachers' instructional skills.

A plan for family engagement activities will be developed at each school to help families partner in student learning. For district employees, monthly meetings of communication groups for certified and classified employees will continue to be held.

Action plans for departments will be developed to support student achievement, including maintenance, food services, transportation, business services, human resources and information technology.

Two large grants were approved. The board accepted a $110,388 Chronic Absenteeism Grant from the Oregon Department of Education, which will be used to reduce chronic absenteeism by implementing ways to address the effects of traumatic events in students' lives, which may result in their absence from school.

Also approved was a $997,119 New Day Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which will be used to increase school, college and career readiness and educational opportunities for Native American students and their families.

Under personnel, Marika Yuma was hired as an English Learning Development teacher for Warm Springs K-8 Academy.

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