Current reports indicate that there are nearly 2.5 times as
many entry-level jobs in computer science as there are graduates to
fill those positions. Our robotics program is an extension of work
students do during class time to learn computer programming basics. Our
hope with the robotics program is to allow students a fun, engaging way
to apply the computer science skills they are learning in class and
computer lab. Long-term, we are hoping to send our students on to
middle school equipped with 21st century skills and ready for the next
Currently, we have just over 60 4th and 5th graders
participating in our full robotics program on a rotating basis. We also
recently began a junior robotics program, using less complex robot
kits, that allows our 1st-3rd grade students the opportunity to
participate as well. We are limited by the number of robot kits we have
available for use and the robot kits are fairly costly. Both the
Weyerhaeuser Elementary PTA and Avaunt Technologies have made very
generous donations that have funded the cost of about 3/4 of our kits.
Staff training and some additional kits were funded by school district
levy dollars that were allocated to our school.
We have several staff members that work with students in
the robotics program. They are Vince Greco, Shelley Fitzer-Surface,
Matt Pederson, Tricia Whitted, Jennifer Root and Kim Vander Hoek.
Dear Eatonville Students, Families and Staff,
winter months are rapidly approaching, it's a good time to share
important information about school closures and other necessary
precautions pertaining to severe weather conditions.
various types of emergencies may cause the temporary closing of a given
school any time of the year, the winter months with the potential of
ice, snow and extreme cold always carry the increased likelihood of such
of our students live in areas that may receive considerably more snow
and ice than most areas in town. Because of the existence of these
increased risks, we will always base our decisions to modify schedules
and/or actually close school with regard to the safety of our students
decisions are not always easy, and very much complicated by our varied
elevations and unpredictable weather patterns. None the less, we will
try our best to make all late start or snow closure decisions by 5:00 am
with specific follow-up announcements as soon as possible thereafter.
snow fall is heavy, but not heavy enough to cause school closure, road
conditions may make it impossible for our bus schedules to operate on
time. Please anticipate running two hours late when roads are icy or
covered with snow.
A robo call will be sent from the school district, and
announcements of the closure will be broadcast over the following television
and radio stations:
KOMO Channel 4, KING Channel 5, KIRO Channel 7, KCPQ Channel 13
AM Band: KIRO (710), KCIS (630), KAPS (660), KIXI (880), KOMO (1000), KYCW (1090)
FM Band: KPLU (88.5) KSER (90.7) KLSY (92.5) KUBE (93.3) KBSG (97.3) KMTT (103.7)
In addition, more information on closings and delays are posted on our website at: www.eatonville.wednet.edu. Opening and closing decisions are made collaboratively with surrounding districts and the transportation departments. We will do our best to make our decisions in a timely manner.
Let's hope we won't need to use any of these systems!
Krestin Bahr, Superintendent