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


2016-17 Teaching & Learning Committees

2017-18 Teaching & Learning Committees

Curriculum Review Schedule

We have worked to align our review and adoption schedule to match OSPI’s curriculum and standards review timelines, as OSPI periodically conducts formal instructional materials reviews in various subjects as a service to school districts. Washington is not a state-mandated instructional materials adoption state; the cycle by which the state reviews materials is largely dependent on the availability of state resources. Likewise, the district’s review and adoption schedule is always subject to change based on availability of funds.

Using the following link, you can access the last Washington State Learning Standards Development and Revision Cycle document published by OSPI. The results of state-led reviews are meant as resources for school districts undergoing their own local review and/or adoption processes. State law requires school districts to have policies and procedures in place that guide their selection and adoption of instructional materials for use in classrooms.


Social Studies &
World Languages (K-12)


The Arts &
Music (K-12)


Career & Technical
Education (7-12)


English Language
Arts (K-12)


Mathematics (K-12)


Science &
Health/PE (K-12)

Curriculum Review and Adoption Process

Washington State (OSPI) Grade Level Standards and Resources

OSPI’s K-12 Learning Standards website provides quick access to Washington’s adopted learning standards (including dates of adoption). As required by state law (RCW 28A.655.070) OSPI adopts and oversees the development of learning standards. Learning standards in Washington define what all students should know and be able to do at each grade level. The Grade Level Standards & Resources website provides quick access to all content standards with aligned resources to support curriculum development, instructional practices, and assessment of student learning.

Additionally, OSPI’s Learning and Teaching Dept. provides support for schools to ensure engaged and effective teaching and learning for all students in Washington’s schools. The work of the dept. focuses on learning standards development and professional learning, and content support for state assessment systems and K–12 education policies.

In Washington, Common Core State Standards provide the guidance as to what students should know and be able to do in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. In other subjects, Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) provide detail about what students should know and be able to do by grade level. GLEs are aligned from kindergarten through grade 10 – so that parents, students and educators can see how skills and knowledge build from year to year. Grade level expectations have been developed or are under review/revision in each content area.

Elementary Curriculum

  • Reading – Reading Wonders (2012)
  • Math – Eureka (three year pilot approved 2013)
  • Science – FOSS Science Kits (2009)
    • Leadership & Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER Institute)

Secondary Curriculum

  • ELA – 
    • Approved Novel Spreadsheet
  • Math – 
  • Science –