Comprehensive Needs Assessment for parents
The link below will take you to the Comprehensive needs assessment survey for parents/guardians of students at PSIS. This survey will help us to meet the needs of the families of students at PSIS. Every 3 years we complete this document and the responses guide our direction of supports in the school setting.
Quas Qui Parent Advisory Board special meeting Thursday, October 20, 2021 at 6pm
October 11, 2021
We would like to invite you to attend a special Quas Qui Parent Advisory Board zoom meeting on Thursday, October 20th, 20201 at 6 PM. You can join this meeting through the PSIS Superintendent’s, Lori Falcon, zoom link.
Quas Qui Parent Advisory Board (QQPAB) is composed of parents/guardians of PSIS students. The QQPAB represents the parents/guardians who are interested in promoting and supporting the educational, cultural and wellness needs of our PSIS students and their families. It is our intention to actively encourage involvement of PSIS student parents/guardians in the planning, development, monitoring and evaluations of programs and services which may be funded by PSIS or outside agencies.
Although the QQPAB meeting is held only once a month, we believe there is a need to schedule this additional special meeting. The past year and half has been difficult for many people and families in our community. Many individuals have had to drastically adjust their working life as well as their family life. For some, that adjustment has required them to take on more responsibilities either within their careers or within their family commitments. In addition, a few students have moved on to other districts. This has made it necessary for a couple of our QQPAB members to resign from the board position they hold to allow them to focus on these areas within their lives. Those with students still attending PSIS will maintain involvement in QQPAB, but cannot commit to the full responsibility that a board member holds. With that in mind, we would encourage any parents/guardians who may be interested in being a member of the QQPAB to voice their interest at the meeting on Thursday, October 20, 2021 while nominations for vacant seats are being made.
Agenda Items for the QQPAB Thursday, October 20, 2021 meeting will be:
- Quas Qui Parent Advisory Board Nominations
- Review of items on the agenda for the regular October 28, 2021 Quas Qui PAB meeting.
If you have any further questions regarding QQPAB, please feel free to e-mail Lori Falcon, PSIS Superintendent at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact PSIS School at (509) 422-7590.
Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to seeing you at the October 20th zoom meeting.
Melony Edwards, QQPAB PSIS Student Parent
Smarter Balance State testing to begin 10/18/2021
This fall students in grades 4–8 will take the Smarter Balanced or Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) tests in math and English language arts. Students in grade 6 will also take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) or the WA-AIM science test. These tests are a brief check-in on student learning from school year 2020-21.
Students had limited in-person time in the classroom and likely experienced fewer opportunities to learn last school year. Last spring’s Smarter Balanced and WCAS testing were postponed to fall as we prioritized critical in-person instruction time for the benefit of students, families, and district staff. The WA-AIM spring 2021 window was extended into fall to allow flexibility for teachers and students, based on student need.
Smarter Balanced and WCAS tests were shortened this fall to ensure that students and teachers would have as much time as possible at the start of school year 2021–22 to establish relationships, routines, and activities.
The results from the Smarter Balanced and WA-AIM math and/or English language arts tests provide a picture of whether students across the state are on track to be ready for career or college.
Knowing your student’s achievement level (1 through 4) will provide an important piece of information. As the school year progresses, your student’s teacher will be able to provide more information about your student’s skills in ELA, math, and science. Our school will have access to the Smarter Balanced and WCAS test scores a few days after students complete the tests. WA-AIM scores will be available in late January.
Our school is scheduled to take the tests the week of October 18th 2021
For more information about the tests, visit: https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/testing/state-testing-overview, and click on the name of the test.
To try out an online Smarter Balanced practice test or WCAS training test, visit: https://wa.portal.cambiumast.com/.
For more information about the WA-AIM tests, visit: https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/testing/state-testing-overview/assessment-students-cognitive-disabilities-wa-aim.