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School Hours

8:15-2:45

Monday-Thursday

8:15-12:30

Friday


152 Marble Road Washougal, WA 98671
Office: 360.835.3371

Up & Coming Events

  • May 5...... Plant Sale pick up

  • May 30...... no school

  • May 31....... Snow make up day.

  • June 13....... zoo field trip

  • June15........ LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!



It's that time of year! Any new kindergartners coming in the 22/23 school year? Contact the office.


Mt Pleasant Community:

Last month the Mt. Pleasant School Board announced a search to find our next district Superintendent. The window to receive applications closes at the end of this month, and we would like to invite any interested members of our community to participate in the screening and selection process. Involvement will include 2-3 evening meetings during the first three weeks of June.

Please feel free to contact Tanis Morris, Vice President of the School Board at tanis.s.morris@gmail.com to get involved in this process.

We look forward to partnering with you as we work to make great things happen for Mt. Pleasant!

Sincerely,

The Mt. Pleasant School Board


Message from Milt Dennison

During the March 23, 2022, meeting of the Mt. Pleasant School Board, I announced my resignation effective June 30, 2022. After fifty-two years in education and over 30 years as a superintendent, I have decided it is time to retire and look for new opportunities.

It was with a great deal of sadness that I made this announcement. During my time here I have been surrounded by high quality staff members and 60 students whom I have grown to love. Those wonderful kids are supported by great family members who care for them, many who I have had the opportunity to meet.

The Mt. Pleasant School Board will soon begin a search for a new Superintendent-Principal. I will make sure I update you on the progress.

Even though I will be around until June, I do want to thank all of you for your support, especially the support of your children. You will be missed.

Milt Dennison



Superintendent/Principal of Mt. Pleasant School District


General Responsibilities:

We seek a qualified school administrator with excellent leadership skills and experience guiding small schools to success. Mt. Pleasant is a K-8 district located immediately east of Washougal, Washington. We have a small but excellent staff and a wonderful community of children and families who make up the Mt. Pleasant School family. There are fewer than 60 students in the student body, and the majority of our classrooms are mixed grade. This is a part time position at 2-3 days per week for the 2022-23 school year and beyond. Interested applicants can send their cover letter and resume to megan.knight@mtpleasantschool.org


Essential Functions:

Because Mt. Pleasant is such a small district, the Superintendent position encompasses both the roles of district administrator and principal and requires that the fulfillment of these two roles be accomplished working part-time. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Providing learner-centered leadership for staff and students

  • Working with the school board to create and implement a vision for the district and keeping the board informed regarding the state of the district

  • Maintaining adequate records for the district, including financial accounts, business and property records, personnel records, school population and scholastic records.

  • Developing and overseeing a positive, supportive culture for and among the teaching and administrative staff

  • Ensuring the appropriate in-service training is conducted, as well as taking responsibility for all evaluations of district employees

  • Making a personal commitment to the success of Mt. Pleasant School, caring deeply about the Mt. Pleasant community, and taking the necessary steps to ensure this commitment is fulfilled to the best of the Superintendent’s ability


Other Functions:

At a small school, leaders end up wearing many hats. Other responsibilities inherent to the position may include:

  • Management of capital improvement projects

  • Identifying grant opportunities and writing grants for the district

  • Staffing decisions

  • Fostering healthy relationships with district parents and families

  • Leading efforts to pass school board levies

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Understands the needs of a small school district

  • Is an effective communicator and excellent listener

  • Is approachable, personable, and works well with others

  • Has a high degree of integrity and honesty


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education or related field

  • A current Washington administrative license to serve as Principal or eligibility to obtain one

  • Successful experience in educational leadership

  • If an interested applicant does not meet all of the aforementioned requirements but does possess other skill sets or qualifications that give them a strong foundation for success in this role, the board is willing to consider their application.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Mt Pleasant School is unique in a number of ways. Although it is a small and rural district, it is not far from the more suburban communities of Camas and Washougal. The school sits atop a high point overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, directly across from Vista House in Oregon. The setting fosters a strong awareness of the natural world, further emphasized by the school’s vegetable and flower gardens, fruit trees, honey bee hive, and the neighboring farm animals. Many of the families whose children attend Mt Pleasant live out of district and choose to give their kids the experience of attending a small school in a beautiful setting. As a result, we have a very active group of involved and supportive parents. There are currently four mixed grade classrooms and a staff of seven educators.

The Mt Pleasant School Board offers a competitive compensation package depending on experience and education. Although the position is part-time, the structure of the time spent at the school is negotiable. The board will work with the applicant to create a schedule that will foster success for both the Superintendent/Principal and the school.


State Guidance for Schools

There have been many changes in guidance from the state regarding schools and COVID. Below I have highlighted those changes that could impact staff and families.

· If a person with COVID-19 symptoms tests negative with a molecular or antigen tests, they may return to school as long as they are not a close contact of some with COVID-19 and subject to quarantine. If the test is conducted with an antigen test, it is recommended that either a confirmatory molecular test or repeat an antigen test within 48 hours. If you are using an at-home test, you should carefully follow all package instructions.

· If a person tests positive for COVID-19 with a molecular or antigen tests, they can return to school when:

o 5 days have passed since symptom onset, or since positive test date if no symptoms are present; AND

o No symptoms are present, or symptoms are resolving; AND

o No fever within the past 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.

o Students and staff should continue monitoring for symptoms and wearing a well-fitting mask around others through day 10 (days 6-10) both in and out of school, including during extracurricular and sports activities.

o Individuals who have been in isolation may test on day 5 of their isolation period. An antigen test is recommended. If the test result is positive, they must continue to isolate until day 10. If the test result is negative, they may return to school.

Quarantine: Students and staff who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after their last close contact.

· These groups need to quarantine:

o Ages 18 or older who have completed the primary vaccine series (or single J & J) but have not received a booster shot when eligible.

o Those who are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.

· These Groups Do Not Need to Quarantine:

o Ages 18 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters.

o Ages 5-17 and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.

o Had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

· Quarantine Options for close contacts.

o Students or staff must quarantine at home. Quarantine can end after 5 full days beginning after the last close contact if no symptoms have developed and after receiving a negative test result for test taken no sooner than day 5

o If an individual or student who is a close contact chooses not to test or does not get test, a longer quarantine period (at least 10 days) will be required.

Please keep students home if they are sick and get them tested for COVID-19 if symptoms occur.

I know this is all very confusing. As things change, and I am sure they will, I will get you updated information.

Milt Dennison

Superintendent




Mt. Pleasant School District Equity Plan: INSTITUTIONAL PRACTICES


Mt. Pleasant School District is deeply engaged in work around equity, race and identity to better foster and support an environment in which our students, families, and staff grow, thrive, and succeed. This work, and the language used to describe it, is rapidly evolving. This procedure will be reviewed at least annually by the administration staff and the School Board to reflect current practices and language.

Institutional practices are those actions taken by an institution (a school, a department, the school district) that intentionally or unintentionally advantage or disadvantage certain groups. In working to become an anti-racist institution we must actively work to develop and implement practices that are equitable. We must also actively work to dismantle current practices that end with inequitable or discriminatory results.

Objective: By using an Equity Lens Mt. Pleasant School District aims to reduce inequities within the institution, including disproportionality in student outcomes. This Lens is intended to help implement the vision outlined in the district’s equity policy and the strategic plan, which is our equity plan. This Lens will also develop a common vocabulary and protocol for developing and evaluating policies, programs, practices, and decisions to result in more equitable outcomes.

Recognizing that applying the Equity Lens might look different at the school, department, or district level, the Equity Lens should be considered in decisions such as staffing; budgeting; initiating, developing, or ending programs or procedures/processes; developing design specifications; allocating resources and opportunities; and purchase or implementation of instructional materials.

We acknowledge that the use of the equity lens can result in different decisions depending on the data set used and the people involved in the decision making. While reasonable people can disagree, decisions do need to be made and the lens should not be used to paralyze administrative action. To truly apply an equity lens to our work it is important that decision makers be involved in the broader community to ensure an understanding of our students, families and staff.

Process: When using the Equity Lens, consider the following questions and consider the impacts on historically marginalized groups and communities:

1. Who are the groups affected by this policy, program, practice, or decision? What are the potential impacts on these groups?

2. Does this policy, program, practice, or decision have unintended consequences, such as ignoring or worsening existing disparities?

3. How have we intentionally involved stakeholders who are also members of the communities impacted by this policy, program, practice, or decision? Can the stakeholders validate your assessments in questions 1 and 2?

4. What are the barriers to a more equitable implementation of your policy, program, practice, or decision? (Consider mandates, politics, emotions, finances, or programs.)

5. How will you mitigate any negative impacts and address any barriers that you have identified?

In addition to using the Equity Lens, we will:

● Implement a proactive strategy to recruit, employ, support, retain, and continuously develop a workforce of racially and culturally competent administrative, instructional, and support staff that increases the diversity and inclusiveness of the Mt. Pleasant School District work environment and reflects the Highline Promise.

● Distribute resources in a way that considers equity in a student-centered mindset to eliminate or significantly reduce systemic, measurable inequities in achievement.

● Continuously and comprehensively review disaggregated district-, school-, and student-level data to identify areas of disproportionality and identify strategies to eliminate achievement gaps.

● Assure that all students have access to the same rigorous, culturally relevant, standards-based materials and instruction while ensuring the creative use of culturally relevant supplemental materials that engage our community of diverse learners.

● Incorporate student voice as a critical part of decision-making.

● Implement and monitor culturally responsive, anti-racist and gender affirming practices throughout the district and in each school. This can be accomplished through the development of equity teams and the creation of norms and protocols to support these conversations.

● Foster a work environment that provides a safe environment for staff of color that includes accountability of professional and respectful behaviors.

● Hold each other accountable for our individual and collective responsibility to intervene when they see instances of inequity, racism, and institutional bias.

Accountability:

At least annually the Superintendent will issue a report updating each area of work, including progress made and areas for improvement, as well as areas that will be changing for the upcoming year. The report should include both qualitative and quantitative data and may result in recommendations to change policies, procedures, or practices throughout the district.

Mt. Pleasant School District

Adopted By the Mount Pleasant School Board May 2021

Equity Analysis Tool
Academic and Student Well Being Recovery Plan



Safety Precautions & Procedures - Frequently Asked Questions:

Updated Sept 23, 2020

Ventilation/filtration:

a. Have upgrades been done to the HVAC system to filter viruses?

We have a brand-new HVAC system that was installed this summer and has the highest level of filters available for that system. The filters meet the standard to filter viruses. Our classrooms are stand-alone units and don’t move air from/to other classrooms.

In addition to the new HVAC units, we have purchased air filters for each classroom with HEPA filters. They filter the air 12 times per hour in addition to the HVAC to make sure we have the cleanest air possible in the classrooms.

b. UV light to sanitize air?

We are not using UV lighting at this time. We are looking into the CDC recommendations for the use of such a device. Initial advice is this that this is not effective for schools and it has not been recommended.

c. Flow calculation/testing to mix in fresh air?

Our new system meets the recommended guidelines.

Bathrooms - if someone gets sick are there only 2 bathrooms in the school?

There are 4 bathrooms in the building two are for students and two are for staff. We have always allowed students to use staff bathrooms if the student bathroom is not available or if there is another reason they feel they can’t use the student bathroom. The Mt. Pleasant staff is creating a system to take students in groups to the bathrooms and follow procedures - only 2 in the bathroom at at time -especially checking for hand washing, The bathrooms are “deep cleaned” tues night and weekends. Staff will clean and sanitize highly touched surfaces several times a day when used by students.

Mask guidelines? homemade versus a blue medical style. Many homemade are of unknown quality and condition and may not include a suitable nose fit mechanism.

State guidelines require students to wear masks and don’t differentiate between cloth or procedural masks. We have masks on site if someone forgets to bring one or they need a replacement. Mask recommendations are under review by Health authorities. Changes will be communicated. Students and staff are required to wear masks at all times when at school or on the bus. Early reports form schools in session with students comment that students of all ages are doing a great job complying with this mandate.

Parent attestation:

Parents are required to provide a statement that their child is not sick and does not have symptoms EVERY time they enter the building. We are hoping for a “sign in” app called “Qualtrics” before their student arrives at the building that states their student meets the requirements to attend school that day. If a parent does not have access to this app, they will be provided paper copies that will need to be brought to school with the student daily. If a parent forgets to fill out the attestation the student will not be allowed in class until it is filled out. We will keep you informed about the availability of the app. We are planning to start the attestation process on Oct 6th with a paper attestation. Look for the paper forms in your child's backpack when they return from school on the first day.

Numbers:

Our district includes students from Skamania and Clark County with the majority of students residing in Clark County. Because our district is located in, and is a Skamania County school district, we are required to meet the metric guidelines set forth by Skamania County. A letter from the Skamania Dept of Heath is on our website- showing the recommendation to allow some “in-person” teaching of students. The Mt. Pleasant school board approved the phase 1 reopening plan at their meeting on Sept. 15th.

Located at the entrance to the beautiful Columbia Gorge, the Mt. Pleasant School District began as a one-room school. Now a K-8 school district with modern facilities and an annual budget of $500,000, the district offers the many benefits of a small school district as well as outstanding supplemental programs that draw on the talents of our staff and the resources of surrounding communities. The school district’s 60+ students learn in a unique multi-age classroom configuration that maximizes student learning and builds a cohesive and productive school environment. Following the eighth grade, the majority of students matriculate to Washougal High School or Stevenson High School.

Mt. Pleasant offers the quality of life of a small community and the beauty and recreation activities in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. An abundance of cultural, dining and retail opportunities is less than 30 minutes away in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of Mt. Pleasant School District to provide learning experiences which will not only assist students in developing basic skill, competencies, and attitudes, but challenge them to succeed. Mt. Pleasant will provide these experiences in a safe and secure environment through caring educators and staff in partnership with the community, school board and administration.

Vision Statement

To be recognized as a school district that empowers all children to succeed in an ever-changing world.

Information on Distance Learning Days

Distance Learning Days: Snow days are now distance learning days! There will be no “Late Starts” or “Snow Days” this year. Grades 4-8 need to check their Google Classroom for zoom links and will meet in their normal zoom room at these times:

6th-8th Miss Loveland 8:15 AM ZOOM

Mr. Chavarria 8:30 AM ZOOM

4th-5th Mrs. Dinnel 8:20 AM ZOOM

Grades K-3 will not meet on zoom. K-3 students need to check their HOMEWORK BINDER for snow day packet.

If it is a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, your student would normally see Ms. Dodge. They should go do something creative! Build a snowman, draw a picture, or make snowflakes, for example.


Look for:

  • Flash Alerts for Distance Learning Days or Late Starts