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August 2017


Wednesday, Aug. 30 for grades 1-12.
Kindergarten starts Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Credit retrieval and summer school courses help students prepare for the 2017-18 school year

William Niva and student
Lakes High School English teacher william Niva discusses digital learing resources with a studnet.

Clover Park School District offered opportunities for students of various grade levels in need of extra help to spend the summer getting back on track for the new school year. This year’s summer school programs included credit retrieval courses for high school students, as well as summer school options for middle and elementary school students from several schools and grade levels. More than 400 students participated in summer school or credit retrieval programs, receiving individualized support from district educators as well as access to valuable online and in-person learning resources.

“Summer school is a great opportunity for students to maintain and strengthen skills in reading and math,” explained assistant superintendent for elementary schools Ron Banner. “Our district and school-based staff work very hard to create and implement a targeted instructional program for our students which builds on their readiness to begin their next grade level.”

At the high school level, credit retrieval courses help ensure students remain on track for graduation. Open to incoming juniors and seniors from the district, courses allow students who failed a required class to take extra time with the material, working with an online curriculum at an individualized pace to pass and/or complete the course. Teachers from district high schools facilitated the courses, fostering a welcoming and productive learning environment and offering individualized help to students.

Elementary and middle school students from identified schools were invited to participate in summer school based on their performance on reading and math assessments, including Smarter Balanced, i-Ready and Measures of Academic Progress. Students focused primarily on reading, utilizing age- and grade level-appropriate intervention materials such as Leveled Literacy Intervention and Collections. Teachers worked with students to help them achieve grade-level reading skills and supplemented classroom time with math and other subjects as time allowed.

Back to School Information

Start and Dismissal Times

Clover Park and Lakes

Start Dismissal Early
Late Start
7:25 a.m. 2:10 p.m. 11 a.m. 8:25 a.m.

Middle Schools & Harrison Prep

Start Dismissal Early
Late Start
8:45 a.m. 3:15 p.m. 12:15 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

Firwood/Oak Grove

Start Dismissal Early
Late Start
8:30 a.m. 3 p.m. 12 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

Elementary Schools

Carter Lake, Evergreen, Four Heroes, Idlewild, Lakeview Hope Academy, Rainier, Tillicum and Tyee Park

Start Dismissal Early
Late Start
7:45 a.m. 2:15 p.m. 11:15 a.m. 8:45 a.m.

Elementary Schools

Beachwood, Custer, Dower, Hillside, Lake Louise, Meriwether, Oakbrook and Park Lodge

Start Dismissal Early
Late Start
8:30 a.m. 3 p.m. 12 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

Class of 2017 earns academic, extracurricular honors

The graduating class of 2017 earned numerous awards and scholarships while at Clover Park and Lakes High Schools and Harrison Preparatory School:

$11,647,979 total amount of scholarships recived
$11,647,979 Total dollar amount of scholarships recived
446* Graduates
84 Honor Graduates
202 Award and Scholarship recipients
38 Washington State Honor Awards
3 Washington Scholar
1 National Football Foundation Scholarship
131 Academic scholarships/honors at entrance
5 Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship-Army
1 National Scholar/Athlete of the Year
456 Community service awards and scholarships
29 Fine arts awards/scholarships
38 Other scholastic awards
47 Other vocational achievements/certificates

* Source: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction 8/15/17

Schools and facilities are prepared for new school year

New generator
Workers craned in a new backup generator for the Student Services Center, which will support the entire building’s electrical needs in case of a power outage.

Crews worked over the summer preparing district facilities for the 2017-18 school year. This year’s updates included some exterior painting, a carpeting project at a middle school, an upgrade of special education playground equipment at an elementary school and more.

Maintenance crews worked on general school maintenance projects and gave all schools a thorough cleaning in preparation for the start of school.

New generator
Crew members from Excel Electric installed a new transfer switch designed to provide HVAC power to the Student Services Center during power outages.

Board adopts 2017-18 school year budget

Finance Pie Chart
Administration $5,433,447 2.83%
Public Activities $261,385 0.14%
Other Services $4,486,696 2.33%
Maintenance & Operations $18,094,705 9.42%
Student Transportation $6,716,678 3.50%
School Food Services $7,197,115 3.75%
Instructional Support $5,910,296 3.08%
Instruction $144,051,723 74.97%

In its July board meeting, the Clover Park School District Board of Directors adopted the district’s 2017-18 budget.Prior to the meeting, the district’s director of financial services Kristy Magyar shared information on 2017- 18 enrollment projections, beginning fund balance for the general fund, budgeted expenditures and revenues and materials, supplies and operating costs.

The total operating budget for the 2017-18 school year amounts to more than $192 million.

Magyar’s presentation also included budget information for the Associated Student Body, Debt Service, Capital Projects and Transportation Vehicle funds.

For questions about the budget, please call Magyar at 253-583-5021.

Telephone survey to obtain community perceptions

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Representatives will call local residents beginning next week.

Clover Park School District is partnering with Pacific Market Research to conduct a telephone community perception survey among community members regarding impressions and opinions of the district. Community members are encouraged to complete the anonymous, 30+ question survey. The survey is estimated to take about 15 minutes to complete.

Representatives of Pacific Market Research will telephone local residents beginning next week through mid-September.

“The district conducts a community perception survey every two years,” said Kim Prentice, director of community relations. “The survey results are monitored as part of the district’s accountability plan under the school board priority of communication with all stakeholders.”

For more information, please call the district’s community relations office at 253-583-5040.

Principals connect with students and families during JBLM’s National Night Out

Distributing school supplies
Beachwood Elementary School principal Paula Gayson helped to distribute back to school supplies and other giveaways at JBLM’s National Night Out.

Principals and staff from a number of elementary, middle and high schools participated in National Night Out Aug. 1 at the Greenwood Community Center on JBLM. National Night Out is a crime prevention event held the first Tuesday of every August and is aimed at building community and police partnerships.

New administrative changes for 2017-18

CPSD welcomes new administrators this year, including current CPSD employees transitioning into new roles.

John Boatman

John Boatman is the new director of maintenance and operations. He is familiar with CPSD facilities after serving as a member of the MENG Analysis team that assisted with the facility assessment conducted last year. He has 25 years of experience in the construction management field.

Doug Kernutt

Doug Kernutt joins CPSD as the executive director for student support. He previously worked in the district from 2007 to 2013 as the administrator for human resources and then as deputy superintendent.

Kristi Smith

Kristi Smith recently moved into the newly created position of executive director of teaching and learning. She previously served as the director of teaching and learning and has worked in CPSD since 2014.

Diane Carver

Diane Carver is director of career and college readiness and joins CPSD after serving in the same position in Bethel School District from 2014-17. She has worked in education since 1997.

Ray Kurtz

Ray Kurtz is the assistant principal at Lakeview Hope Academy. He has been with CPSD for 21 years in various roles, including teacher, math consultant teacher and dean of students.

Trish Stallard

Trish Stallard is the new Custer Elementary School principal. She is the former principal of Campbell Hill Elementary School in Renton and has worked in education for more than 20 years.


Michaela Clancy

Michaela Clancy joins CPSD as the director of special education. She most recently held the same position at Seattle Public Schools, where she worked since 2013. She has 21 years of experience in various fields of education.

Brian Laubach

Brian Laubach steps into a new role this year as the assistant superintendent for secondary schools. He has worked with CPSD since 1993 and served as deputy superintendent since 2014.

Celena Zanuttini

Celena Zanuttini is the new assistant principal at Lochburn Middle School. She most recently served as the dean of students at Minter Creek Elementary School in Gig Harbor and has a broad range of experience as a teacher and coach.


Travis Holmgren

Travis Holmgren is the new principal at Lake Louise Elementary School. He has been with CPSD since 2015 as the assistant principal at Lakeview Hope Academy. He has 12 years of previous teaching and administrative experience.

Tess McCartan

Tess McCartan is the new director of teaching and learning. She came to CPSD in 2016 as a teaching and learning program supervisor. She has more than 19 years of administrative and teaching experience.


Now hiring - Apply to join the CPSD team!


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Back to School Reminders

Check the “parent” section on the district website for:

  • School bus routes;
  • School delays and closures;
  • Immunizations; and
  • School supplies.

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The first late-start Wednesday is Sept. 20 – see district website for details.

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Stay up-to-date

Check out the Events Calendar online!

District, school and athletic events are listed on the district website under “Calendar” and “Events Calendar.”

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Are you registered to vote? Need to update your voter registration?

Pick up a voter registration form from your student’s school or the Student Services Center.

Meal Prices

Free and reduced price meals are available to students who qualify. For more information, call 253-583-5490.

ELEMENTARY Breadkfast Lunch
Regular Price $1.65 $2.75
Reduced price $0.30 $0.40
Staff $2.45 $3.95
Milk $0.55 $0.55
SECONDARY Breadkfast Lunch
Regular Price $1.80 $3.00
Reduced price $0.30 $0.40
Staff $2.45 $3.95
Milk $0.55 $0.55



Check out the latest Community Conversation on the district website

On the first Friday of every month, CPSD partners with local radio station KLAY-1180 AM to air Community Conversations, a segment featuring 10-minute interviews with district administrators regarding pertinent updates and information.

In this month’s Conversation, district superintendent Debbie LeBeau discusses important back-to-school information. To hear current and previous Community Conversations, please visit the district website at www.cloverpark.

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Lakewood has you covered.

Lakewood is known for its diverse culinary choices with flavors from around the world – and our restaurant offerings continue to grow. Here’s a few of the newly opened restaurants and those set to open soon.

Open Now:

  • Biscuit House
  • Black Bear Diner
  • Bon Asian Hot Pot
  • Chronic Tacos
  • House of Mandoo

Opening Soon:

  • Chipotle Grill
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Hop Jacks
  • MOD Pizza
  • The Gyro Shack

Spot Light on Schools

Clover Park School District partnered with Lakewood Police Department to offer local and regional law enforcement officers and educators training within a school environment at Lochburn Middle School. The training allowed local police officers and first responders as well as officers from other jurisdictions to gain a better understanding of the school’s design and provided an opportunity to apply proven tactics, techniques and strategies in a school setting.

Lakewood Police officers training
Officer Mike Wiley
Soon-to-be Lochburn students

All Clover Park School District middle schools offered transition programs for incoming sixth graders, and more than 400 students across the district participated this year. Here, a group of soon-to-be Lochburn Middle School students prepare for a scavenger hunt designed to help familiarize them with their new school campus.

Warrior Academy participants and Clover Park High School football team members helped prepare for the Caring for Kids Ready to Learn Fair recently. The students helped set up stations in the building and unload supplies and materials, earning community service credit in the process.

Clover Park High School football team

Superintendent Column

Welcome back to school!

Superintendent Deborah L. LeBeau
Deborah L. LeBeau

Wednesday, Aug. 30 is the first day of school for the 2017-18 school year; kindergartners start Tuesday, Sept. 5. Districtwide, staff have been hard at work during the summer months to prepare for the new school year.

This school year, we are excited to introduce our preschool and K-5 students to new reading curricula. The new reading materials coincide with the Washington State Learning Standards. The publisher collaborated with National Geographic to have high-interest, nonfiction content along with fictional stories and a digital component to enhance learning for students at all skill levels. Our teachers received training on the new reading program in June and earlier this month and will receive more training throughout the school year.

The board of directors continues to focus on five goal areas that direct the district’s work. These five goal areas are: student success and achievement; community engagement; communication; supportive learning environments for students and employees; and staff retention, recruitment and professional development.

Students and families can visit schools during “meet and greet” events in late August, right before school starts. At these events students and families meet teachers, re-connect with classmates and meet new ones, and become familiar with the school. Families should check school websites now for more details.

Beginning on Sept. 20, we will implement one-hour, latestarts most Wednesday mornings. During this common time, certificated staff across the district will meet in grade level or department teams. They will review and analyze student data, revise teaching strategies and practices and collaborate to improve student achievement. Staff will also plan for additional time and support for students who need it, and enrichment opportunities for students who already are performing at grade level.

Our goal is to shape Clover Park School District into one of the top-performing districts in the state and nation. Late-start Wednesdays will give staff teams time to meet and focus on student learning. The first late start occurs Wednesday, Sept. 20.

We are also excited to be celebrating the district’s 90th anniversary in February. More details on our celebration will be available here and on the district website.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer. See you on Aug. 30!

Deborah L. LeBeau, Superintendent