February 28, 2020
Dear families and staff,
As February comes to a close, we have seen increasing coverage in the news of the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation around the world. We have also received questions from staff and families regarding the potential impact to Mount Baker and our schools, so I thought it would be helpful to share a quick update to provide some resources and hopefully help relieve potential concerns.
First, I want to thank the health services staff who are invaluable in helping our schools run smoothly and keeping students’ health a daily priority. Our district offices, including Health Services and School Safety & Operations staff, coordinate with our health department partners and other agencies to keep us prepared and ready to respond to any situations that may impact our schools and families.
Secondly, I want to recognize that state and federal agencies consider the immediate risk to the general public in Washington and the United States to be low. There are no cases in Whatcom County presently and there is no evidence that COVID-19 is spreading in our state. As with any emerging communicable disease, there is potential for the situation to evolve and change and we continue to stay in close communication with health experts to be prepared should that happen.
You can find more information at Washington State Department of Health.
Finally, please remember that the risks of viruses like COVID-19 are not connected with race, ethnicity or nationality. Perpetuating stigmas is not only inappropriate but does nothing to help the situation; sharing accurate information will. Everyday precautions like diligent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, remaining home if feeling ill, and staying up to date with immunizations are always important measures in keeping our community healthy. We have not had any major health-related impacts to our schools, but I feel assured knowing our staff, families, and community agencies are all informed and partnering together to keep our kids happy and healthy.
Mary Sewright, Superintendent
February 25, 2020
Hello Mount Baker Community,
Please assist me in continuous improvement for Mount Baker School District by completing the following Mount Baker Community Survey.
This survey is anonymous and confidential as my intent is to provide a safe and confidential way for all of you to share your comments, thoughts, ideas, and feedback on a variety of areas regarding the effectiveness of all of our services. This information will only be shared through a summary of what I learn from the information and data collected. The summary that I create from this survey will be shared on our website and specifically with my Strategic Planning Team, administrators, and the School Board. Mostly, I need all of you to tell me how I am doing, so we can continue to build the best schools for children academically, physically, socially, and emotionally.
The majority of responses from the survey last spring were from women. Thank you, ladies! Gentlemen, this is a friendly challenge to participate. I am counting on both Baker men and women to give me valuable and much appreciated feedback.
There is an opportunity at the end of the survey to share any other additional information with me. I am always willing to talk with people individually. I can be reached at (360) 617-4600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This opportunity will close in two weeks. Thank you so much for taking this time to complete this survey!
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Proud to be Mountaineers
When the morning greets the valley
and the eagle starts to fly
Sunlight peaking o'er the Mountain
Lights the dome of Baker High
Hear the dreams that guide our future
Hear the ties that bind our lives
hear the friends we've come to cherish
Hear our goals for which we strive
And the path that we have chosen
is a trail of joy and tears
but the strength we've found together
leads us on to be Mountaineers
Give us streams and we will cross them
Valleys deep will bring no fears
Give us mountains, we will climb them
After all, we are Mountaineers
And with those who've gone before us
May we stand amidst the cheers
for we've climbed a lofty mountain
and we're proud to be Mountaineers
yes, we're proud to be Mountaineers.
by Mr. James Freeman
MBHS teacher, retired 1998