you to The ARK Institute of Learning for sponsoring this issue of
the WFIS eMemo
Executive Board Reviews Accomplishments-Prepares for the Future
May 8 Executive Board meeting proved to be a full day as administrators
from around the state and across constituencies reviewed the successes
of the 2005-06 year and laid the foundation for the coming school
year's WFIS agenda.
the educational agenda of the legislature was quite large, the impact
of the vast majority of approved bills will have little or no effect
on the private school community. We were successful in re-electing
Jack Schuster to the State Board of Education as our representative,
with full voting privileges, and we asked to remain under the oversight
of the SBE rather than be set adrift in some new configuration.
That, too, was successful. Two areas that we continue
to watch with great interest and diligence are the new Early Childhood
Department and the new duties of the Professional Educators Standards
Board. We are also carefully watching the transitioning of
duties with regard to OSPI .
an operational note, WFIS experienced a 6% increase in school membership
this year. We have also been able to continue our positive
working relationship with 24/7
Educational Services on-line professional development
as well as adding Educator
Resources and a brand new benefits program to help
lower the business costs for our member schools. This year, we have
also welcomed the return of the Washington Council for Private
Education (WCPE). For the past several years, WCPE,
our 501(c)3 organization, was under the direction of Stephen Dinger,
former WFIS executive director. With Mr. Dinger's return to
school administration, our WFIS board will provide future oversight
Board also took time to recognize those members that will be retiring
from the board this year. Ross Hjelseth, Headmaster at Life
Christian School and Academy (ACSI), past WFIS board president,
served 7 years. Wanda Stewart, Principal at St. Vincent de Paul
Elementary School (Catholic Schools), and past board secretary/treasurer
also served 7 years. Paula Smith, Head of University Child
Development School (PNAIS) served 7 years as well. Mary Schneider,
Head of Woodinville Montessori completed 4 years on the board.
Each one provided exemplary leadership on behalf of Washington 's
private school students and their expertise will be missed.
also welcomed two of our four new members to the board. Jamie
Estill, Silverwood School in Poulsbo (PNAIS), and Dave Boneham,
Cedar River Montessori in Renton, (Montessori Schools). Our
other two new members are Kristi Brown, Holy Rosary in Seattle,
and Pam Dellino, St. Monica School, Mercer Island. Both will
represent Catholic Schools.
wish each of our schools a successful end to their school year!
for being part of WFIS!
INSTITUTE OF LEARNING ANNOUNCES SUMMER
ARK Institute of Learning
is expanding its offerings to Summer
for K-3 students who need
a boost in reading and writing or who puzzle teachers and parents
about why they are not progressing as anticipated. The agency's
specialists have served area students, families and teachers for
over 27 years. See www.arkinst.org
located in a new facility near 19 th and South
Union in Tacoma, the ARK
Institute's Summer Academy
provides a professional
evaluation, parent mentoring and coaching, and 12 one-hour instructions
for the child in individual or small group settings. The ARK
is known for accurately
assessing a child's learning strengths and weaknesses and identifying
ways to help support academic progress. The ARK
provides a place where non-
readers read and those struggling with writing write better. More
than simply tutoring, the academy opens doors to the future.
One: Tues, Wed & Thurs June 27-July 20
Two: Tues, Wed &Thurs August 1-24
deadline is June 1
more information, please call Julie
Aiken , ARK Summer Academy
Coordinator, 759-9682 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to Mr. Harlan Kredit,
long time biology teacher at Lynden Christian High School.
Mr. Kredit has been named to the National Teachers Hall of Fame.
He is the first teacher in the history of the state
to be inducted.
Mr. Kredit has received numerous other prestigious teaching
awards during his career. Among them was the 2004 WFIS Best
of Washington Teacher's Award. At the May 8 th WFIS Board
of Directors meeting, a resolution was passed to honor Mr. Kredit.
We are proud of you, Harlan! Thanks for representing
our private schools so capably.
Schools Days at the Puyallup Fair will
be September 15 & 16, 2006. Private schools are invited
to particiate by manning a booth and providing entertainment on
the Education Stage both days. Contact Jan Morrison at email@example.com
or telephone 425.228.9347 for reservations and information.
Relating to School Choice Legislation
the March meeting of the national Council
for American Private Education the board unanimously passed the
Council for American Private Education (CAPE) is a broad-based national
private schools. In its vision statement, CAPE
recognizes that America
's children have greater opportunities
because of access to an array of high-quality schools. CAPE
's mission is to preserve and
promote educational pluralism so that parents have a choice in the
schooling of their children. In keeping with its vision and
offers the following principles to guide school choice legislation
at the state and federal levels. Choice initiatives have taken various
forms, including government vouchers for parents, tax credits/deductions
for parents, and tax credits/deductions for corporate or individual
contributors to programs that award scholarships. Because
any one of these approaches might be best in a given situation,
these principles are intended to apply to all of them.
Funds relating to school choice should
flow through parents rather than directly to schools
School choice initiatives should not
in any way infringe upon the existing right of private schools
to control the hiring of staff
School choice programs should safeguard
the right of private schools to control the instructional
program and curriculum, and should not add restrictions or regulations
in this regard beyond what may already exist in state law
School choice programs should allow
schools to retain their admission policies
Test scores should never be allowed
to become a sole or dominant indicator of achievement or failure
and Distribution of Benefits
Benefits to families should be substantial
enough to allow families to select from a variety of schools
Benefits should vary with family financial
need to ensure that families with the greatest need receive the
Families with children already in private
schools should be eligible for benefits
of Participating Schools
schools should comply with federal, state, and local requirements
that currently apply
to private schools, including those relating to civil rights,
checks for employees, and student health and safety. However,
choice legislation should
not give rise to additional regulation of private schools.
by CAPE 's
Board of Directors, March 2006
Spotlight: Lutheran Schools
Paul Bethke, Principal, Concordian Lutheran School, Tacoma
Lutheran churches in America operate over 1500 preschools, 1400
K-8 schools, and 103 high schools. These schools are located
in the United States, as well as places such as Russia, Hong Kong,
China, and Africa. In addition, there are over 50 colleges
and universities throughout the United States. Most are liberal
arts, but some have a specific mission of preparing pastors and
schools in America date back to the time of the Revolutionary War
when Lutheran immigrants established schools partly to perpetuate
their culture but largely to assure quality education for their
Washington there are 17 Lutheran elementary schools, three high
schools, and over 80 preschools. These schools are operated
by three different synods of the Lutheran church. Most of these
schools are operated by a single parish, and some are operated by
an association of churches.
uniqueness of the Lutheran schools grows out of an understanding
of grace that guides the application of the law and gospel.
schools have a desire to partner with families in the development
of the whole child: spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, physical,
social, and emotional.
White House has recently released the national plan for a flu pandemic.
You may access it at the following internet link:
U. S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has prepared a Pandemic
Influenza Planning Checklist. It is available at http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/schoolchecklist.html
guidance is available on OSPI's Web site at: http://www.k12.wa.us/HealthServices/default.aspx
School Success Stories
Street School in Seattle
reports that a group of their alumni have continued to play marimbas
with their music instructor, Sheree Seretse. They were chosen
to play at the Apollo in New
York City last winter.
The name of the ensemble is Shumba. Spruce Street also has
an alum working for Governor Chris Gregoire in her communications
office in Olympia.
Francis of Assisi School in Seahurst
reports that one alumna, Adrianne Hughes, has graduated from the
with a degree in cellular molecular biology. She has an internship
this summer at the Louis Pasteur Institute in Paris,
working in her chosen field.
send us YOUR success stories to share with others! They may be e-mailed
to firstname.lastname@example.org .
from the U. S. Department of Education
Spellings Visits Private School and Delivers Remarks on School Choice
U.S. Secretary of
Education Margaret Spellings recently visited Allen
Christian School and delivered remarks at the school choice
forum at the Greater
Allen Cathedral in Jamaica, NY. During her visit,
she discussed the public school choice and tutoring options under
the No Child Left Behind Act, and the President's proposal for a
new $100 million Opportunity
Scholarship Fund to help low-income students in underachieving
public schools attend private schools or receive intensive tutoring.
we are going to meet our goal of having every child at grade level
by 2014,” the Secretary said, “we must empower parents to demand
more from our schools.” She cited the successes of the federally
Opportunity Scholarship Program :
seen the power of choice in Washington , DC , where the first-ever
federally funded opportunity scholarship program has given low-income
families the same choices other Americans have. Almost 1,700
disadvantaged students have received grants of up to $7,500 to
attend the private or parochial school of their choice….
The DC Opportunity Scholarship Program is only in its second year,
but the early results … are encouraging. President Bush and I
want to help spread this experiment to other cities as another
alternative to help students trapped in schools that fall short
of standards year after year.
view the complete remarks made by Secretary Spellings, visit: Secretary
Spellings Delivers Remarks on School Choice . For additional
information on school choice, visit: School
Choice Fact Sheets
Loan Forgiveness Program Expands to Private School Teachers In
signing the Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005 (HERA) on
February 8, President Bush made permanent certain teacher
loan forgiveness provisions included in the Taxpayer-Teacher
Protection Act of 2004 and expanded the loan forgiveness program
to certain teachers employed in nonprofit private schools.
Both public and private school teachers applying for teacher loan
forgiveness must, at a minimum, have worked for five consecutive
years in an eligible low-income school.
HERA authorizes up to $17,500 in student loan forgiveness for certain
full-time secondary school teachers of mathematics or science who
meet the “highly
qualified” teacher definition under the No Child Left Behind
Act (NCLB), and for certain highly qualified full-time elementary
and secondary school special education teachers whose primary responsibility
is to provide special education to children with disabilities.
Provisions for Private School Teachers
July 1 of this year, the HERA expands the loan forgiveness program
to teachers who are exempt from state certification and employed
in nonprofit private schools. The HERA provides that an individual
who is employed as a teacher in a nonprofit private school and is
exempt from state certification requirements may have such employment
qualify for the loan forgiveness program if the teacher can demonstrate
rigorous subject knowledge and skills by taking competency tests
in the applicable grade levels and subject areas. The competency
tests must be recognized by five or more states and a teacher's
score on each test must equal or exceed the average passing score
of those five states. The HERA makes no change for private
school teachers who are subject to state certification and who meet
the “highly qualified” teacher definition under NCLB; they will
continue to qualify for student loan forgiveness to the extent they
meet the eligibility requirements.
who do not teach in the specialties noted above and began teaching
after October 30, 2004, may be eligible for up to $5,000 in student
loan forgiveness, so long as they meet the “highly qualified” teacher
definition under NCLB or, effective July 1, 2006, meet the requirements
set forth in the HERA for private school teachers, and meet the
eligibility rules applicable to all Federal Family Education Loan
(FFEL) and Federal Direct Loan Programs. Teachers who began
their teaching service prior to October 30, 2004 , continue to qualify
for up to $5,000 in student loan forgiveness and are not required
to meet the “highly qualified” teacher definition.
here to review the policy letter on student
loan forgiveness for private school teachers .
Department of Education Releases Additional Emergency Impact Aid
U.S. Department of Education has released additional guidance for
States, local educational agencies (LEAs), and private schools with
implementing the Emergency Impact Aid assistance program for students
who were displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Volume
II Frequently Asked Questions: Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced
Students provides answers to 21 additional frequently
asked questions (FAQs) on topics including: the eligibility
of students, LEAs, and schools; payments; uses of funds; and recordkeeping.
#57 clarifies that students are considered displaced if they attend
the same school in which they were initially enrolled when that
school's physical location has changed as a result of one of the
hurricanes. This would include schools that moved to other
buildings, including other schools or non-school buildings, or were
operating the entire school on the original site using portables
or other temporary structures such as tents.
#58 specifies if the school in which students were enrolled on August
22nd is still operating in the same facility, in whole or in part,
the students attending it are considered to be attending the same
school in which they were initially enrolled. These students
would not be eligible displaced students for purposes of this program.
information about the assistance available under the Hurricane
Education Recovery Act is located on the Department's Hurricane
Help for Schools website.
Openings in Private Schools:
Hamlin Robinson School , an independent, 1 st -8 th grade
school in south Seattle serving students with dyslexia and related
language difficulties, seeks an Assistant Director/Self
Study Coordinator. This full-time administrative position
will begin in July 2006. The self study coordinator portion of the
job description will end in the spring of 2008; the assistant director
position will continue on a full-time basis.
seek a candidate with exceptional interpersonal and verbal/written
skills. She/he must be professional, highly organized, and
have positive experience in school supervision. She/he must
have a background in dyslexia and language disabilities and expertise
in Slingerland language training and test interpretation.
apply, please send a resume and letter of inquiry to Jeanne Turner,
Director, Hamlin Robinson School , 10211-12 th Ave. S. Seattle ,
WA , 98168 ; email@example.com
; 206.762.2419 (fax); 206.763.1167 (phone).
Hamlin Robinson School , an independent
1 st -8 th school for students with dyslexia and related language
difficulties, seeks a school secretary four days
a week. This fast-paced position is critical to the school's daily
operation, providing personal contact, acting as a source of central
information, and setting a professional tone for the school. Previous
experience in school setting preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft
Office required. Salary plus benefits. Please send cover letter
and resumé to Hamlin Robinson School , 10211-12 th Ave. S.
Seattle , WA 98168 or to
Valley Independent School is seeking an energetic and
experienced leader for the position of Director
beginning with the 2006-07 school year. CVIS is a Pre-K through
6th grade established independent private school located in beautiful
Chelan, Washington. At CVIS students join a community led
by a faculty committed to teaching the "whole" child,
guiding each student toward physical, intellectual, artistic, emotional
and social growth. CVIS provides an environment that encourages
and guides children to become lifelong learners. The school
currently enrolls up to fifty students with eight part time instructors.
Parents are viewed as an integral part of the school community,
volunteering in the classroom and working with fundraising projects.
For more information about the school, please visit our website
new Director will be a person familiar with preK-6 curriculum and
current trends in educational philosophy. The ability to work
with people of all ages is a must. Strong leadership skills
and the ability to manage a program within budget are required.
Administrative certification and experience teaching at the elementary
level are preferred but not required. Salary range offered
is $35,000 - $50,000, DOE. Interested
candidates should provide a current resume and letter of interest
Director Search Committee
School (CVIS), an established,
independent PreK-6 school has an opening for a part-time
elementary teacher, beginning September 2006.
position is in a team-taught, upper grade, multi-age classroom.
We are seeking experienced candidates who can help guide children
to become life-long learners and who will enjoy working with them
in an environment that is safe, respectful, family-oriented and
uses a thematic curriculum, weaving traditional subjects together,
emphasizing the relationships between the subjects. We view the
arts, both visual and performing, as an integral component of the
education we provide.
should call 509-682-2020 to request an application form. Please
submit this with a resume and cover letter of interest to:
further information about CVIS, please visit our website at www.cvis.org
let your teachers' certificates lapse! Contact www.my247ed.com
for online clock hours for professional development. Customize
your program according to your need.
your calendar now for the February Winter Dinner and Best of Washington
Awards Tuesday, February 13, 2006 .
for fall dates for the annual WFIS Workshop Day to be held in November
and the February Private Schools Day at the Capitol.
Annual Fall Conference
THE DATES: October 27-28th
. (just across the border
from Portland ,
-- for tax-free shopping and big city night life!)
Donna Beegle :
The Poverty Factor
: Race And Ethnic
Concepts: How are They Measured/What Do They Mean?
Two-day Anti-Racism School Team Training for students and staff
(apply now for team scholarships
Friday Intensive Workshops & Seminars
Saturday Breakout Sessions
Multicultural Excellence Awards
Silent Auction Scholarship Fundraiser
Complimentary Diversity/Multicultural Resource Materials
Up to 16 Clockhours
brochures available end of May. For questions regarding registration,
contact Marisa Afzali at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Washington Federation of Independent Schools is the umbrella public
policy organization for private education in Washington State. With
the vast majority of the independent student population enrolled
in member schools, WFIS serves as the only statewide vehicle for
regular communication and strategic development between the many
diverse religious and independent sponsoring boards.
WFIS schools are affiliates of the Catholic dioceses in the state;
the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI); the Christian
Schools International (CSI); Lutheran Schools; Montessori schools;
the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools (PNAIS);
the Seventh-day Adventist Schools (SDA); and numerous other religious
and independent institutions, including the Waldorf Schools, Hutterian
Brethren, and those institutions with sponsorship within the Jewish
and Islamic communities.ý The WFIS Board of Directors consists of
eighteen school heads representing the largest member constituencies
elected regionally by their respective bodies. WFIS is networked
with similar organizations in the other states through the Council
for American Private Education (CAPE).