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Updates for Staff

Over the past two months, the district's insurance committee has worked with our new benefits broker (Gallagher Benefit Services) to construct the best, most cost effective benefit plans possible. The meetings with the team from Gallagher have been vital, as there will be both changes to plan offerings as well as premium increases. To help you make sense of the changes and make the best possible decision for you and your family, Gallagher will have representatives in the district to explain the changes and run software-based cost scenarios. I would strongly recommend finding a date that works for you. These are "open lab" sessions, so simply show up at the location below and one of the Gallagher reps will be happy to assist you!

  • Aug. 20: 9:00-4:00 @ Middle School Multi-Purpose Room
  • Aug. 23: 9:00-4:00 @ High School Computer Lab
  • Sept. 4: 7:00-8:15 and 2:45-5:00 @ Deer Park Elementary Staff Lounge
  • Sept. 5: 7:00-8:15 and 2:45-5:00 @ Arcadia Computer Lab
  • Sept. 6: 7:00-8:15 and 2:45-5:00 @ High School Computer Lab

On Sept. 4, 5, & 6, after meetings wrap-up in the labs, Gallagher reps will visit the bus garage to meet with employees in that location starting around 8:30am.

Should anyone have difficulty getting to one of these sessions, please contact Rosanne Ronnfeldt in the District Office for information about setting up a meeting with a benefits counselor from Gallagher.

On Monday, August 26th, all certificated staff will meet at Deer Park High School for the first of our three training days for the 2013-14 school year. Coffee and pastries will be provided from 7:30 to 7:55 and our program will begin promptly at 8:00am in the DPHS theater. Lunch will be provided and we'll wrap up at 3:25 in the theater.

Orientation Day is on Tuesday, August 27th at DPHS. An expanded benefits fair will take place from 7:00am to 8:00am (along with coffee and pastries); please plan to stop in and see what vendors have to offer this year! The "official" Orientation Day start time is 8:00am. We'll be done with the program in the theater around 9:30am at which time staff will be released to spend the rest the day back in their regular buildings.

Start and Stop Times for 2013-14

Dear Deer Park School District Families,

Please be reminded of school start and end times for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.

A key reason for these start/stop times at our four schools is that for years, our high school students had the latest starting and ending times of any of our four traditional schools. Typically, high schools start the earliest. High schools usually start earlier because students who need to leave for sports and activities that are scheduled at other area high schools miss part of their last class of the day in order to make it to the event by the scheduled start time. The earlier a high school starts, the less class time students need to miss in order to catch the bus to their game or event. 

So, in a continued effort to maximize class time for our high school students, we will maintain the following schedule:

SCHOOL                                          START TIME                                            END TIME

Deer Park High School                       8:15 a.m.                                                2:45 p.m.

Deer Park Elementary                        8:20 a.m.                                                2:50 p.m.

Deer Park Middle School                     8:30 a.m.                                                3:00 p.m.

Arcadia                                             8:35 a.m.                                                3:05 p.m. 

Message from the School Board - New Superintendent Selected

As you may have heard by now, the Board of Directors and our previous choice for Superintendent could not come to agreement over the terms of a contract. At this time we have determined that it is in the best interest of the district to move forward.

The position of superintendent has been offered to Mr. Travis Hanson, and he has accepted our offer. Travis has been with the Deer Park School District since 2005. He is currently employed as the Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Technology. In this role he is responsible for the alignment, review, and adoption of K-12 curriculum. Additionally, Travis has overseen the administration of all state testing administered in grades 3-12, the development of internal assessment initiatives throughout the district as well data warehousing and analysis. Mr. Hanson has also supervised the district's IT Department and managed both instructional and non-instructional technology throughout the district. Travis has recently been involved in the implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) and the new state Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project (TPEP). These are both initiatives that play a vital role in our district as we move forward.

We are very pleased with the work Mr. Hanson has done in the past and look forward working with him in the future. We have great confidence in Travis and consider him to be intelligent and a man of integrity. We know that under his direction we have a bright future here in Deer Park.

Deer Park School District Board of Directors

Lisa Jordan
Eric Keller
JoAnne Greer
Carri Breckner
Jeff Whittle

2013 August HSPE Registration

HSPEHigh school students have started receiving results from the 2013 HSPE (High School Proficiency Exams in reading and writing). Score reports will be sent home in the next couple weeks - only results for high school tests are being sent at this time. The return of test results marks the close of the spring testing schedule for high school students and opens the door for summer testing opportunities. Students who will be in grades 11 or 12 next year may now register for the reading or writing portions of the August 2013 High School Proficiency Exams (neither the math or science end-of-course exams are an option in the summer).

Registration for the Summer 2013 HSPE is now open and will conclude on June 28th. Students wishing to register for August testing will need their 10 digit state student identification (SSID) number to register.  To complete online registration, please either visit this website - - or register via the phone by calling the toll-free testing hotline at (866) 400-9275.

Please remember that students who register for August testing must be ready to provide their unique 10 digit State Student Identification number (SSID). Students who took the Proficiency Exams this spring will receive a Score Report in the mail which will have their 10-digit SSID number on the top right hand corner; students that have not previously tested or who have not received a score report by Friday, June 28th, can get their SSID number from a school counselor or from the main office at DPHS (468.3500).

August testing will take place at Deer Park's Administration Building (N. 428 Main St.).  Testing will begin promptly at 8:30 am and students are reminded that they must bring some form of picture identification in order to test.  If you have questions about August testing please call Travis Hanson, Deer Park's Director of Teaching and Learning, at 464-5509.

  • August 13 & 14 Writing, Sessions 1 and 2 (students must complete both days in order to receive a score)
  • August 15 – Reading (one session)

2013-14 Kindergarten Round-Up

Elem. Kids Kindergarten Round-Up for the 2013-14 school year is just around the corner! This opportunity to register your child for kindergarten in the Deer Park School District will be on Thursday, May 2, from 9:00am to 12:00pm and from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Deer Park Elementary School. We would love to see as many families at the Round-Up as possible! Please pass this information along to neighbors and friends who have school age children.

Here's some important information you'll need before you come to register for kindergarten:
  • Children need to be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2013.
  • Deer Park Elementary School kindergarten teachers will be doing a short assessment with the children while parents are completing registration forms. Please be sure to bring your child to registration!
  • Please bring proof of immunizations. Call the school nurse for more information on requirements (Dawn Epler, our school district's head nurse, can be reached at 464.5527).
  • Please bring a legal birth certificate (this is not the one with footprints you received at the hospital).
  • If you come without proof of immunizations or without a legal birth certificate, your child will not be considered for placement.
  • If you do not have a birth certificate you can request one from the state in which your child was born. Please contact the school office (464-5600) for more information about necessary documents.
It is imperative that you bring the documents listed above; if you are unable to provide these documents your child will not be considered for placement. If you do not have a legal birth certificate you can request one from your child's birth state. If you have any questions about registration please contact the school office at 464-5600.

DPSD Implements Automated External Defibrillators

Deer Park School District is working toward becoming a "Heart Healthy" designated district. In order to gain that designation, we have obtained Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for most of our school buildings. These are the machines that can "shock" a person back to life in the event of a cardiac arrest. Part of our program requires that we do practice AED drills where we set up a scenario and our "AED Team" in each building responds as if there were a real emergency.

We completed drills today at Deer Park Elementary School, Deer Park Middle School and Deer Park High School. Arcadia's drill is next!  If you have any questions about our AED program, please contact our School Nurse, Dawn Epler, at 468-3512.

DPSD Lockdown Update 2.14.13

At approximately 12:20, the Spokane County Sheriff's Department called Deer Park Middle School to inform them that two individuals, apparently carrying weapons, were walking near the school. Schools immediately went into lockdown.

The Sheriff's Department called the middle school back shortly thereafter, informing them that the individuals had been apprehended outside of the school. Staff and students did a fantastic job of calmly doing just what they had practiced in lockdown drills.

I am confident that our students are in good hands and I thank you for your continued support.


Becky Berg

January is School Board Recognition Month

The month of January has been proclaimed as School Board Recognition Month by Outgoing Governor Christine Gregoire. This year marks the 18th year of the annual observance initiated by the National School Boards Association in 1995. The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA), along with fellow educators and the community, take time in January to celebrate the 1,477 elected school board members from 295 school districts in Washington. “School board members have the tremendous responsibility of preparing the children of our communities for a bright future,” said Debbie Long, president of WSSDA. “It’s a big job and the recognition is well deserved.”
In public schools across the state of Washington, school board members lead districts serving more than one million students. The districts have a combined annual budget of nearly $10 billion and employ 160,000 people. School board members play a crucial role in developing policies and making tough decisions on complex educational and social issues. These issues affect the entire community. They are also directly accountable to the citizens in their districts, serving as a vital link between members of the community and their schools. “Too often school board members are not recognized for their dedication and hard work,” said Jonelle Adams, WSSDA’s Executive Director. “We need to honor the work of these elected officials not only during the month of January, but also throughout the year.

A special 'Thank You' to Carri Breckner, Joanne Greer, Lisa Jordan, Eric Keller and Jeff Whittle for their tireless service to the children of Deer Park.  You are the best!  

About WSSDA — Founded in 1922, the Washington State School Directors’ Association is comprised of all 1,477 school board members from Washington’s 295 school districts. The districts they lead serve more than one million students, have a combined annual budget of $10 billion, and employ 160,000 people.  WSSDA’s core mission is focused on ensuring that school board members have the knowledge, tools and services they need to effectively govern their districts and improve student learning.

Board of Directors Adopts Instructional Framework

The state of Washington has required each district to adopt one of three approved instructional frameworks. An instructional framework is really an analysis of what goes into the art of teaching, and hopefully what actions result in more powerful student learning.  It is a helpful tool to provide a common reference point from which  teachers and administrators can better analyze the teaching and learning in our district, and should aid in our quest for  continuous improvement and ongoing professional development.

At its recent December meeting, the Board of Directors of the Deer Park School District adopted Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching. After much study, thought, and research, a committee of teachers and administrators determined that this one best fit the ongoing professional  needs of our district.  We are looking forward to understanding this more deeply together, and the rich professional dialogue and learning that will result from this effort.  If you have any quesitons about this - just ask your building principal. 


The flu has arrived!  Influenza, also known as “the flu” has arrived in the Spokane area and we are seeing increasing numbers of confirmed cases and hospitalizations.  Most people who get the flu will have a mild case and recover quickly, but some people, especially those over 65 and very young children are at risk for developing complications resulting in hospitalization and occasionally death.

The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot!  It’s not too late - most health clinics and pharmacies offer flu shots.  It is recommended that people six months of age and older be vaccinated against flu.  Local flu activity usually peaks in February or later.  This year’s vaccine appears to be very well matched to the flu strains affecting our area.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs.  Symptoms include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches (can be severe)
  • Fatigue (very tired)

The flu virus is spread when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk and spread “droplets” into the air.  The droplets can land in the mouth or nose of another person, thereby spreading the virus.  People can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own eyes, nose or mouth.  A person can spread the flu before they even know they are sick and up to seven days after.  Other ways to avoid the flu:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water (this is best) or an alcohol based hand sanitize
  • Cover your coughs and sneeze
  • Stay home and keep children home when sick
  • Sick people should not return to school or work until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication

If you are already sick with the flu, doctors can prescribe antiviral medications to lessen the symptoms and help prevent serious complications.  They work best when started quickly – contact your medical provider right away if you think you or your child have the flu.

For more information about influenza and influenza vaccine, visit or or contact Dawn Epler, District Nurse at 468-3512.

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