2018-19 Teaching and Learning Committees

K-5 Science

Committee Members:

Kindergarten: Dana Fievez, Amy Kay Lindh

First: Jennifer Galassi, Kris Overhauser

Second: Katy Eagle, Nancy Howard

Third: Emily Moore, Deb Paulson

Fourth: Loreen Aguirre, Kat Rickel

Fifth: Alyssa Demir, Nikki Myers


Meeting Dates and Notes:

September 26, 2017

October 3, 2017

October 11, 2017

October 25, 2017

October 30, 2017

  • Elevate webinar 3:30-5:30

November 6, 2017

  • Amplify webinar 3:30-5:30

November 27, 2017

December 4, 2017

  • STEMscopes training grades 3-5
  • Handout

December 5, 2017

  • STEMscopes training grades K-2
  • Handout

January 22, 2018

  • FOSS Kit Consultant Presentation (Updated Kits)

January 31, 2018

February 6 and 12, 2018

6-12 Science


  • Sixth Grade:  Kim Ruygrok, KC Ahrens, Bill Cushman
  • Seventh Grade:  David Beal, Miranda Schmidt, Matt Doherty
  • Eighth Grade: David Beal, Miranda Schmidt, Matt Doherty
  • High School: Jim Biancardi, Scott Carlson, Brandy Barton, Erica Whitmore, Rob Champoux

Middle School Meetings:

November 8, 2017

November 29, 2017

January 22, 2018

  • DiscoveryED Webinar Training 7:00-8:00 am


High School Meetings

October 13, 2017

October 30, 2017

November 7th, 2017

  • McGraw-Hill Webinar

November 8th, 2017

  • Cengage Learning Webinar

November 15, 2017

January 10, 2018

January 22, 2018

  • McGraw-Hill Training Pilot #1

February 7, 2018

Health & Physical Education


Elementary – Sean O’Neal, Steve Schuerman

Middle School – Patti Adams, Ken Ryan

High School -KC McConnell, Ben Widman, Keith Stamps


November 6, 2017

January 17, 2018

February 7, 2018

Human Growth & Development

March 2018:  Over the next 12 months this committee will work to provide clear and accurate information as well as resources and guidance related top the work of adopting Human Growth & Development curriculum in Deer Park Schools.

The following is taken from OSPI’s Guidelines for Sexual Health Information and Disease Prevention (co-published by the Washington State Department of Health & The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2005)

Achieving healthy sexuality is a developmental process from birth to adulthood; so is learning about sexuality. In the early years, the foundation for mature adult sexuality is laid with such building blocks as healthy self-esteem, positive body image, good self-care, effective communications, respect for others, caring for family and friends, and a responsibility to community. As an individual matures, other essential elements are added such as understanding body changes, sexual intimacy and commitment; knowing and using health-enhancing measures, such as health exams, abstinence and protection; and recognizing the joys and responsibilities of parenting.

The committee is tasked with selecting units and materials that allow for an accurate, factual, healthy, positive, safe, and age-appropriate approach to Human Growth & Development. In no way does the work of the committee encourage, condone, or advocate for sexual permissiveness or activity. Rather, we believe that factual information and a deeper understanding of human sexuality equips young people to make healthy choices.

Committee Members:

  • Elementary – Sean O’Neal, Steve Schuerman
  • Middle School – Patti Adams, Ken Ryan
  • High School -KC McConnell, Ben Widman, Keith Stamps


Committee Meetings

January 17, 2018

February 7, 2018

March 7, 2018

April 18, 2018