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2021-22 Back-to-School District Newsletter

We are looking forward to returning to full-time learning in Kiona-Benton schools beginning with our first day of school on. During the week of August 16th, all Benton City residents should have received a mailed copy of our Ki-Be Schools District Newsletter. If you did not receive a copy of the newsletter, please contact our district office to assure that your mailing address is included in our distribution.

The articles included within that newsletter can be found below, or you can view the August 2021 newsletter as a PDF online here.


2021-2022 BACK TO SCHOOL NEWSLETTER - August 2021

Back to School Hot Topics

** Denotes updated information added following the distribution of the original printed newsletter. Please refer to the Washington Department of Health K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for Summer 2021 and the 2021-2022 School Year

Bus Routes

Find transportation updates and current bus routes for all of our schools on our website at www.kibesd.org/transportation.

**Daily Monitoring

Schools are no longer required to screen or check temperatures upon entry into the building. Parents are responsible for monitoring their children daily for COVID-19 symptoms. If symptoms are present, please keep your child home and notify the school office. The school office will communicate quarantine protocols. Schools will continue monitoring students, staff and visitors for symptoms, and will follow the protocols for responding to someone who shows symptoms of COVID-19.

**Masks

All staff, students and visitors are required to wear masks while indoors at schools, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required to be worn outdoors. All students must wear a mask while riding school buses. It is important to note that this is a legal requirement for all Washington public schools and cannot be changed by local school boards.

**Quarantine

Quarantine is when someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 stays home and away from
others for the recommended period of time in case they were infected and are contagious. Quarantine protocols have been updated to reduce student exclusions from instruction. The definition of a "close contact" excludes students who were at least three feet away from AND infected student when (a) both sides were wearing face coverings/masks and (b) other prevention strategies were in place. Close contacts who are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms do not need to quarantine but should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in all public indoor spaces for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.

Registration & Enrollment

Download forms, sign up through Final Forms, and find more information at  www.kibesd.org/enroll

School Supplies

The 2021-2022 school supply lists can be found on our website at kibesd.org under the Students & Families link.

 

 

Student Grades & Attendance

Parents and guardians play a vital role in their child’s education. To make it easier to get involved, Kiona-Benton School District provides you with access to student record information anytime online through Qmlativ (formerly Skyward). Through Qmlativ, students and parents can check grades, attendance, and more.


Important Dates

August

  • 3 – Ki-Be Community Council meeting
  • 16-17 – Kindergarten Beginning Assessment
  • 18 – 6th Grade Link Day (orientation for 6th grade students), 2:00-4:00 PM
  • 19 – Meet the Middle School Band and Choir Teachers, 6:00 PM
  • 24 – 7th/8th Link Day orientation for new students, 3:00-5:00 PM
  • 24 – Sports Clearance Night for 7th and 8th grade athletes, 5:00-7:00 PM
  • 25 – 10th-12th Grade Orientation Night, 5:00-7:15 PM
  • 26 – Meet Your Teacher Nights:
    • Primary and Intermediate School Meet Your Teacher Night, 5:30-6:30 PM
    • Middle School Open House for all students and families, 6:30-8:00 PM
    • Mandatory Freshmen Orientation Night, 5:30-7:30 PM
      • 6:30-7:30 PM – Parent presentation from office staff
      • Freshmen schedules handed out at this time
  • 30 - First day of school

September

  • 6 – NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
  • 7 – Ki-Be Community Council meeting, 6:00 PM, High School Commons

October

  • 4-7 – SBAC testing for 4th and 5th grade students
  • 5 – Ki-Be Schools Community Council meeting, 6:00 PM, High School Commons
  • 8 – NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day

Superintendent’s Message

Good Day Ki-Be Community,

Welcome to the new school year! We are excited to start off this year with your kids and our new staff! You will find new employee bios and pictures coming to our website and social media in the coming weeks, and if you have any questions around individual school start of the year plans, please take a look at the Principal’s Messages in this newsletter.

We are focusing this year in a few areas, the first of which is Community Engagement and Communication. This newsletter has been an important tool in those efforts, and our Communication Plan was reviewed by our Board of Directors during their August 9 meeting.
We will also be focusing on developing a cohesive Assessment Plan, which begins by returning to a locally administered MAP Test. This assessment was used by the district a number of years ago. In fact, some of you may remember the colorful results that were sent to parents each year. We are returning to it for precisely that reason; to give students and parents
real world feedback that is consistent from year to year and easy to read. This assessment will make sure that we are providing the correct interventions with all of our kids. Finally, we will be rolling out our Strategic Plan for the next four years, with identifiable benchmarks that
we hope to achieve. You will hear more about this in coming newsletters.

With COVID still a concern but seemingly under control for now, you can expect to
hear about the most up-to-the-minute safety precautions we are taking soon. I didn’t want to put something out there and have the state change it three times before school started, so we will publish the latest and greatest right before school starts. As always, if you have any
questions or concerns, feel free to email me at pete.peterson@kibesd.org or give me a call at 588-2000. Have a great start to school everyone!

Sincerely,

Pete Peterson
Superintendent


Messages from Our Principals

High School

Welcome back to what we believe is going to be another GREAT school year at Kiona-Benton City High School. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information that will help your student transition successfully into the 2021-2022 school year. Listed below are key dates, schedules, and other information pertinent to the opening of our schoolbuilding and start of the school year.

  • Wednesday August 25 - 5:00-7:15 PM; 10th-12th grade orientation night
    • 5:00-5:45 – Seniors
    • 5:45-6:30 – Juniors
    • 6:30-7:15 – Sophomores
  • Thursday, August 26 – 5:30-7:30 PM; mandatory freshman orientation night
    • 6:30-7:30 – Parent presentation from office staff
  • Monday, August 30 – First day of school

Our Leadership students will be leading a mandatory Freshman Welcome to the High School orientation for all incoming freshman and new students on Thursday, August 26th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Parents, please drop your students off around 5:25 and please return at 6:30-7:30 for a presentation from our office staff for the upcoming school year. This is a mandatory meeting because we would like to take the opportunity to start all of our freshman students off
for a great start to the school year. Freshmen students class schedules will be handed out for all students in attendance.

If you do not attend this evening, then your student will have to pick up their schedule prior to school starting on Monday, August 30th. At the meeting, the following topics will be covered: class schedules, hall lockers, parking spaces (including proof of current insurance, license, and ownership), expectations for the school year, and the requirement of filling out “Final Forms” student information by October 1st (use of school log-in/password will be BLOCKED until Final Forms information is completed).

We hope this will make for a smooth transition for our new students, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone for orientation and the new school year.

Sincerely,

Clay Henry
High School Principal
chenry@kibesd.org
509-588-2142

Middle School

Welcome Middle School Families,

We are excited to return to a more “normal” school year for 2021-2022. We have been planning and scheduling many opportunities for our students and their families. Although we are not sure the exact details of the new COVID protocols, we are confident that we will be able to offer a comprehensive educational experience for all students.

Here are a few dates to remember:

  • Wednesday, August 18 – 2-4 PM – 6th Grade link day; orientation for 6th grade  students
  • Thursday, August 19 – 6:00 PM – Meet the Band and Choir Teachers
  • Tuesday, August 24
    • 3-5 PM – 7th/8th Link Day; orientation for new students, everyone is invited
    • 5-7 PM – Sports Clearance Night for 7th and 8th grade athletes
  • Thursday, August 26 – 6:30-8:00 PM – Open House for all students and families
  • Monday, August 30 – First day of school

We would love to have more family involvement this year. We will continue to hold quarterly parent meetings and would encourage those families that are musically inclined to work with our band and choir programs. Additionally, if you are a Facebook user, consider following Kiona-Benton Middle School. As always, we are here to serve you. Feel free to contact me through email at cfeth@kibesd.org or by phone at 509-588-2042.

Sincerely,
Chuck Feth
Middle School Principal

Intermediate School

Welcome Back to our Ki-Be Intermediate Families and Students, We are enthusiastic about a brand-new school year with less COVID-19 restrictions and rules. Last year was a challenge for
everyone. We look forward to a return to “normal” and embrace a new beginning for this 2021-2022 school year. We may still have some of the pandemic protocols in place, so please be patient with us as we navigate the beginning of the school year.

One of the lingering effects of the pandemic is that we have to make up our state SBAC testing from last spring during the fall. We are also transitioning to a more universally accepted
placement test. MAP testing will be given early in the school year to give us a baseline for reading, math, and science. Some important dates for the beginning of the school year are:

  • Thursday, August 26 – 5:30 – 6:30 PM – Meet Your Teacher night at the elementary school. Bring in your supplies and say hello to your child’s teacher.
  • Monday, August 30 – First day of school
  • Monday-Thursday, October 4-7 – 4th and 5th grade SBAC testing.

We are planning to have more evening family engagement events this year and are looking to schedule one each month. Some of these will be purely informational, while other will be more interactive. Please watch our website and flyers for these important events to be announced. We are aiming for late September for the first one.

We are also working diligently to update our intermediate school website. Our goal is to keep this up-to-date and make it more accessible for the information pertaining to our school. We are systematically working on this project. Thank you in advance for your patience as we work through the kinks and fine tune the necessary content.

We celebrate the beginning of a new school year and look forward to working together for the betterment of all of our Ki-Be students.

Sincerely,
C.D. Williams
Intermediate Principal
cwilliams@kibesd.org
509-588-2139

Primary School

Welcome Back Ki-Be Primary School Families,

Welcome to the beginning of a brand new school year. With everything being so crazy the last two years, we are hoping for a much more “normal” year to be in place as we start a new beginning. Again, we thank you for all your flexibility as we navigated through the pandemic protocols. We appreciate all your support.

There are a few dates to put on your calendar as the school year approaches:

  • Monday and Tuesday, August 16 and 17 – Kindergarten Beginning Assessment. We will be notifying you of available assessment times for you and your student.
  • Early September – Transitional Kindergarten Beginning Assessments will start. You will be notified of an assessment and conference time for your family.
    • Note: Transitional Kindergarten will begin later in September than the rest of the grade levels. More information to follow.
  • Thursday, August 26 – 5:30-6:30 PM – Meet Your Teacher Night. Bring in supplies or just come say hi!
  • Monday, August 30 – First day of school

We are looking forward to having more evening family engagement events this year. Please stay tuned for these important events to be announced. We are hoping to have the first one in late September or early October. We are also working hard on updating our primary school
website and having it be more accessible for finding information. Thanks for your patience as this work progresses; it is definitely a goal for us this year.

Here’s to a new “normal” and a wonderful school year! Please know I am always willing to take a phone call or sit down for a conversation to address questions or concerns. I want your
student to have the best experience and learn to love school here at Ki-Be Primary!

Sincerely,
Kristine Hanson
Primary Principal
khanson@kibesd.org
509-588-2092


We’ve refreshed our website!

Over the summer, we began the process of updating our district and individual school websites to improve both the content and accessibility. As we continue to work on improving the website throughout the school year, please watch for updates at www.kibesd.org and feel free to share your feedback at Info@kibesd.org.


Participate in the Ki-Be Schools Community Council

Are you interested in what’s happening in your community’s schools? Would you like to share
your thoughts, ideas, and questions about Kiona-Benton City School District and what it has to offer? Benton City community members are encouraged to join the Ki-Be Schools Community Council for the 2021-2022 school year.

The Community Council meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM in the High School Library (unless otherwise announced). During the meetings, community members share their ideas and feedback with the district superintendent, voice any concerns, and make connections with other residents interested in our school system. If you are interested in attending or would like to know more, please contact the superintendent’s office at 509-588-2002.