• New Social-Emotional Learning curriculum will be in place this fall

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    Last month, our School Board formally adopted a new Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum that will be used in our elementary and middle schools beginning this fall.

    Mallory Shull is a social worker at Spanaway Elementary School who has been piloting the new Second Step curriculum with students in kindergarten through third grade.

    She said the topics addressed in the new curriculum are the same across grade levels, but as the kids get older, the lessons adapt to the students’ age. Shull said the lessons involve a variety of activities for students to take part in, including everything from dancing to discussions. Learn more at



    Pioneer Valley Elementary and Acceleration Academy to be honored in Olympia

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    Pioneer Valley Elementary and the Bethel Acceleration Academy are being recognized in Olympia! Both schools are leaders in terms of growth and achievement – specifically when it comes to closing gaps and demonstrating improvement among student groups identified for support.

    As Washington State Recognized Schools, Pioneer Valley and the Acceleration Academy were among those selected by the State Board of Education, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee to be honored in Olympia next month. Learn more at


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