Lyle School District

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  • Lyle School District #406 is located in the Columbia River Gorge and serves the residents of Lyle, Dallesport, Appleton, High Prairie, Timber Valley, Murdock and the surrounding areas. Lyle School District offers a K-12 educational system for approximately 300 students throughout the school district.

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    Please call the Lyle Schools Office at 509-365-2211.

Recent News

An Update from Superintendent Varkados

  • We're All Learning Right Now

    Posted by Deb Stenberg on 4/20/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Dear staff, students, families and community,

    April 24, 2020

    Dear students, families and community,

    I have spent a lot of time in the past few weeks participating in Zoom meetings with state education leaders, all of whom are dealing with the same challenges Lyle is. I have been humbled by the immensity of the things we DON'T know about educating our students during an extended school closure. I’ll be honest -- it’s exhausting and, at the same time, fascinating to be part of pioneering new instructional models.

    This year marks 43 years in education for me. When I started as a 2nd/3rd grade teacher in 1977, personal computers were just being introduced to the public. Telephones were something we spoke on, not entertainment and education portals. As much as technology has become ingrained in our daily lives, educators know it is not the single answer for educating our kids.

    What we DO know about effectively educating children has not changed. It’s about relationships and knowing someone cares. While technology is an amazing tool, I believe its biggest value right now is to maintain our personal connection with our students.

    There are many families who don’t have the level of Internet service necessary to participate in weekly Zoom check-in with their classroom teachers. Hard copy learning packets are a lifeline for our kids in these circumstances and a phone call may be all we have to keep that important connection between school and home alive. For kids who have bandwidth and devices, the challenge to staff is to develop a comfort level that allows us to maximize their learning too.

    That brings me to my first request: To stay in contact, our staff needs to know how to reach you and your child. Please – if you haven’t heard from our staff since schools were closed, email support@lyleschools.org and provide the best phone numbers to reach you and your child. Also include any alternate emails.

    We must continue to pull together through these challenges. Parents, please know the work we send home needs to be completed and returned. You can drop them in the box near the meal delivery bus when you pick up the next packet or drop them at the school. 

    We continue to get guidance on grading; just this week, the state shared that students need to demonstrate effort and engagement in learning. You can find a fact sheet under the COVID-19 tab on our website.

    I am so full of pride and gratitude for my Lyle community. We are making learning take place and providing breakfasts/lunches to our kids remotely.  Staff are participating in professional development to be even better at what they do, putting together lessons, and contacting students and families just to make sure all is well. 

    My hat is off to our teachers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, groundskeeper, custodian, and all support staff. At the same time, I salute parents and families, too. You may be working at home along with trying to help your child keep learning. We know it’s not easy.

    Parents/families, we don’t expect you to be a teacher, but perhaps it will help to think of yourself as your child’s learning coach during this time. Our staff is here to support you. Please email your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns.

     

    We also need to make sure your child is checking his/her district email.

    If your child needs help resetting their school email password, please call Jen at 509-365-2211, and dial extension 120 anytime during the message. She is available weekdays between 10 and 6, and on weekends, too, from 10-3.  Cynnamon can also help with resetting passwords and troubleshooting technology problems and can be reached at extension 127. Leave a message to get a return call.

    Please keep checking our website and Facebook page regularly, too, to find resources for this extended closure. There’s an Earth Day challenge for students on Facebook right now, and all entries will get a reward.  

    At the end of this situation, we will prevail.  We are in uncharted waters, but as long as we keep the focus on doing what is best for our students and our children, we will be better for this experience.

    Thanks for all you are doing to stay home, keep safe and keep students learning.  Lyle is the GREATEST!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Ann Varkados, Superintendent

     

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