fernbrook students at breast cancer walkStudents and staff at Fernbrook Elementary came together to give back to their community on April 25 as the school hosted its Kids for the Cure Walk.

Held each spring, this schoolwide event supports the Susan G. Komen organization, a nonprofit that works to eradicate breast cancer by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. This year, students and staff raised $18,224.28 for the cause, said Fernbrook Elementary Volunteer Coordinator Carol Joelson.

“It was a wonderful way to introduce our students to the power of working together, community outreach and a lifetime of volunteering,” Joelson added.

Since the event began at Fernbrook in 2001, students and staff have raised nearly $186,000 for the Susan G. Komen organization.

Check out this heartwarming story from KARE-11 about the event and learn why it’s so special to the Fernbrook community.


Logo SqWebThe school district will gather information in several areas over the coming months to support comprehensive long-term planning, primarily related to facilities. School facilities have surfaced as a common theme in conversations about teaching and learning, student activities, safety and security, and the work of the Enrollment and Capacity Management Advisory Committee.

Next-generation school facilities are the focus of one study. The findings will feed into next year’s work of the Enrollment and Capacity Management Advisory Committee, which will examine secondary building capacity. Teaching and learning staff have been visiting schools in the metro area to identify essential facility elements at middle and high schools; next fall, they will focus on best practices in classroom design.

Facilities for student activities will also be examined to identify how they compare to those among our metro area district peers.

A third area of study will consider the physical aspects of our current facilities to identify strengths and needs related to providing safe and secure schools for students and staff.

A final study will examine magnet school programming. The district has hired an independent research organization (Magnet Schools of America) to identify:

  • the degree to which magnet programs reflect best practices in magnet education and are attaining desired educational outcomes
  • the impact of various forms of district-level support on magnet school viability
  • new thematic program opportunities the district may want to consider

The magnet school study will also delve into a question posed by the Enrollment and Capacity Management Advisory Committee regarding the implications of a potential partial solution for addressing capacity issues at certain elementary schools by relocating the STEM program from Weaver Lake Elementary to another site. This idea will require careful examination by independent reviewers this spring so that findings are available when the advisory committee reconvenes next fall.