Well it sure got colder so winter must be upon us. With the change in the weather I thought it would be good to let you know the process we take when announcing a snow day or other weather related closures. After monitoring the weather and road conditions and talking with other local agencies, a decision is made no later than 5:30 a.m. The next step starts the process of running our mass communication program called School Messenger. This program allows me to communicate to all employees and families of our students at the same time. The closure announcement is done through a recorded phone message, email, and text in a matter of minutes. I also send the information to KXLY Ch. 4, KLEW Ch. 3, KQQQ KHTR Radio, Inland Northwest Radio, Lewiston Tribune, Daily News, and post it on our website. The goal is to have everyone notified no later than 6:15 a.m.
As parents you can help by making sure your contact information is up-to-date in our school information system, PowerSchool, which is where we pull the phone numbers and email addresses for notification. You can do this by going into Powerschool from our website and editing your demographic information. You can also call your child’s school to ask them to check the information.
Last Saturday, my wife Cathryn and I attended the Bear Booster Annual Auction and Dinner. The event was impressive as always. It was packed with people having a great time and helping to support our students in their extra-curricular events. I haven’t heard how much money they made this year, but by the great donations provided by the community and the willingness of patrons to generously bid I’m sure they surpassed their goals.
Extra-curricular, or as I like to call it co-curricular, is a vital part of our educational program in the Moscow School District. Lessons are not always just learned in the classroom. Leadership, teamwork, cooperation, and grit are just a few of the skills and behaviors learned. We are proud of our athletics, arts, and other school organizations that make up our co-curricular activities throughout the grade levels. We especially like how the community supports these opportunities for students. Thank you and especially thanks to the Boosters and the patrons who helped support this year’s auction.