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Partnership is a strength of M'ville/Tulalip community

 


Partnership is one of the strengths of the Marysville/Tulalip community. Here we believe that organizations and entities working together can accomplish so much more than we each would on our own. That’s why we’re excited to introduce a new monthly feature article co-written by the Marysville School District, the Tulalip Tribes and the City of Marysville.

Each month we’ll explore a topic of interest in our community with information and perspectives from the schools, the tribes and the city. For September, our theme is Back to School.

Marysville School District

It’s a busy time for staff, students and families. Great things are happening and Marysville School District staff is thrilled to see all of those bright, eager students once again.

This year, the District is implementing new elementary school English-Language Arts curriculum (Ready Gen), and grades 6-8 Math materials (GlenCo). The goal of adopting new curriculum is to improve instruction in classrooms, and meet the District’s North Star Indicator of all students achieving at or above state standard in English/Language Arts and Math. This is also the first year of Chromebook redeployment for grades 6-12. New students are receiving Chromebooks for the first time and returning students are getting them back after the summer. There were many successes from the technology levy our voters approved in 2012, and the community should look forward to another year of 21st Century learning for our students.

There are many opportunities to get involved in Marysville School District-sponsored efforts and events this year. The new Food Commons at M-PHS is set for completion this winter; once students are settled, they will share their new space with the community at a public open house. Last week, the District held symposiums recapping the unsuccessful April 26 Bond Measure. More feedback is needed, so look for a community survey in late September. On Oct. 18, the District is hosting a Legislative Town Hall on education funding with 38th Legislative District leaders. You won’t want to miss the discussion. For more information on any of these priorities or events, contact Emily_Wicks@msd25.org.

Tulalip Tribes

The Tulalip Tribes realized a decades-long dream this past year when it opened the Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy that serves tribal children age birth to five. “Research shows the life-long benefits of early learning programs,” said Chairman Mel Sheldon. “We now have the opportunity to give our children the best possible start in life. The fact that we are able to teach our culture alongside traditional early learning curriculum makes it a very unique program.”

The Taylor Early Learning Academy combines several programs under one roof. The academy’s mission is to provide children a solid foundation for success. The program emphasizes strong families, community, culture, and a coordinated early learning education system. Studies show that students involved in the Montessori program score higher in social and emotional skills when entering kindergarten, while children in the ECEAP program have higher math scores than children without preschool education.

This October will see the first generation of tribal members to be fully exposed to Lushootseed, their ancestral language, since the Treaty of Point Elliot was signed in 1855. Teachers and staff study the language daily in an effort to incorporate the language into all aspects of the education system.

“Our decisions are made in the best interest of our children and families,” said Sheryl Fryberg, director of the academy. “It is a concept we live by here at the Early Learning Academy.”

City of Marysville

Lifelong learners, rejoice! Even if you graduated years ago, community education classes let you learn and explore topics ranging from fitness, arts and crafts, music and special interests. Budgeting, geocaching and essential oils are all offered this fall by Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation. Find more information at http://www.marysvillewa.gov/147/Parks-Culture-Recreation and keep on learning.

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