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Our Mission: We believe that education is a partnership with
responsibility shared by all: school, family, students, and community.
All individuals shall be provided a safe, positive environment
where they may reach their full potential as responsible citizens.
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Wahkiakum School District Vision Statement

Learning is the mutual responsibility of the student, staff, and the parents. The goals of this vision are:

  • To provide and maintain a positive school environment that enhances the learning experience for students.
  • To create, model, and maintain a school climate that develops acceptable social interaction and behavior.
  • To provide an equal education opportunity for all.
  • To incorporate technology into the educational environment to assist in meeting educational goals.

Learn more about how the District supports students via the Washington State K-12 learning standards and end-of-year testing and assessments.

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Keep Your Contact Information Current

Image: Keep Your Emergency Contact Information Up-to-Date Please remember to update any address/phone or email contact information as soon as possible with the office. We need to know how to contact parents/guardians in case of emergencies or to share things about your student.

If you have Family Access, your information will be shown there and you call or send a note with the changes.

K-8 PTO: Get Involved, Have Fun, and Help Support Our Kids!

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The PTO is always looking for parents, grandparents, friends, community members, and teachers willing to volunteer to help run activities and fundraisers in support of our kids (or to help out at various events).

If you have questions or are ready to start volunteering, contact the PTO by email at jaw.pto@gmail.com or call the Elementary School Office at 360-795-3261 and leave us a message.

Student Accident and Health Insurance

All student athletes are required to have health insurance coverage. For those who do not have it, Wahkiakum School District makes available to parents a relatively low-cost Student Accident and Sickness Coverage for their children.

Families without student athletes are also allowed to purchase this coverage, if they are so inclined. There is however, no requirement on the District's part for student non-athletes to have this coverage.

Forms are available through our student registration process, as well as in both school offices. Feel free to contact your student's school office for more information and/or to pick up the form describing the Student Accident and Health Insurance.

Home Schooling for All Grades, K-12

The District offers an Alternative Learning Option for Home School families, incorporating learning at home with parents as teachers, yet having a connection with our District, which includes having communication and some instructional assistance provided by one of our certificated teachers. For more information, email Cathy Murphy or call her at our K-8 building (360-795-3261)

WSD's Highly Capable Program

The WSD is committed to identifying and providing for the unique intellectual, social, and emotional needs of highly capable students in grades K-12 to prepare them for college and career readiness. Our purpose is to provide appropriate educational programs and services through instructional, curricular, and administrative modifications to create educational opportunities for highly capable students which will maximize their individual potential. Learn more about the Highly Capable Program.

It's Never Too Early To Think About College and Other Post-High-School Plans!

Photo: It's Never Too Early To Think About Your Plans for After Graduation We know your child is only in elementary school. But, these school years go by faster than you can possibly imagine! And, before you know it, it's your child's Senior year in high school.

We invite you to talk with your child on a regular basis about college, work, and how they might imagine their life beyond high school.

To get some ideas on planning for the future and ways to save/pay for college, visit our High School & Beyond page, our Scholarships, Financial Aid and Testing Resources page, or download our High School & Beyond Family Resource Guide.

We Need to Stay Alert - Teach Your Kids About Strangers and Safety

In this day and age, we can never be too vigilant. Parents, please remember to speak with your children about strangers and safety. There have been incidences at schools around the country where someone attempts to lure students into a vehicle by stating, "I just got off the phone with your mom and she wants me to take you to her." It is important to teach our kids to quickly turn and run away!

Please make sure your child understands that he/she should not communicate with a stranger, nor get in a car with a stranger. If we all "keep our eyes open" we can help keep our kids safe!

For more information about safety at school, visit our School Safety Center.

Homeless Student Rights and Services

The goal of the Wahkiakum School District Homeless Program and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is to keep students in school. We also want to assist families in staying involved in their children's education and reducing risks they may face. For detailed information, forms and resources related to Policy 3115/Homeless Students, please visit our Homeless Rights and Services/McKinney-Vento Act Program page.

Our district Superintendent, Brent Freeman, also serves as our Homeless Liaison. His office is located within Wahkiakum High School at 500 S. Third St/B398, Cathlamet, WA 98612. His phone number is 360-795-3971.

Wahkiakum School District Is a Title I District

Image: J A Wendt Elementary School Is a Federally Funded Title I School All of Wahkiakum School District schools qualify to receive federal funds under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title I, Part A. Title I, Part A funding requires that schools create a positive and supportive learning environment that results in high levels of achievement for all students. Funds are available for academic programs and strategies, staff development, materials and supplies, and parent training.

Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities which support students identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state's challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading, and writing.

We invite all parents in our District to become involved in their child's education and the Wahkiakum School District's Parental Involvement Policy (4130) describes our Title 1 Community Relations Policies and Procedures in detail.

Citizen Complaint Procedures: Anyone can file a citizen complaint. For more information about this process, visit our Citizen Complaints Section.

PLEASE NOTE: Title I - "Parent's Right to Know" Regarding Teacher and Paraprofessional's Qualifications - Parents can request information regarding the professional qualifications of the classroom staff working with their child. Parents also have the right to request information regarding the qualifications of the paraprofessional assisting their child's teacher (if they are receiving Title I, Part A services from a paraprofessional). If making a request for this information, please put it in writing to Superintendent Brent Freeman and send it to the district office at 500 S 3rd B398, Cathlamet, WA 98612.

Research shows that how well students do in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents get involved in their education. Parents can become more involved by:

Image: Parental involvement can influence the success of your student in school.
  • Joining school/parent organizations
  • Supporting school extra-curricular activities
  • Volunteering at your children's schools
  • Attending parent-teacher conferences
  • Communicating with your student's teacher regularly
  • Keeping your student's teacher informed about events in his or her life which may affect his/her performance at school

For more detailed information about the Title I, Part A federal program, visit the Title I, Part A and Learning Assistance Program (LAP) on the Washington State OSPI website or email our Title I/LAP Coordinator or call at 360-795-3261.

As a Title 1 District, We're Also Here to Offer Parents Resources

As we hear about resources that parents may be interested in, we'll be adding them here.

Assistance with Childcare Expenses: If you are working or looking for work, Washington State Working Connections may help pay for child care expenses. Check your eligibility and apply at www.WashingtonConnection.org or call 1-877-501-2233.


Early Release Policies for Kindergarten are described on the School Closures and Delays section of the District Forms & FAQ's page.

Absence Policies & Making Up Work:  As studies have shown, regular school attendance helps students to be successful in school. If your child is absent for more than one day, please make arrangements with the teacher or office to pick up their work. We also ask that you always send a note or call the office anytime your child is late or absent from school, so that we can mark them excused and have proper documentation in our records. If you know ahead of time that your child will be absent, please prearrange the absence with the office. For more detailed information on attendance and tardiness policies, please refer to the Elementary and Middle School Student Handbook.

Wondering Whether or Not to Keep Your Child Home from School?  Here are Guidelines for Keeping Children at Home, which are the same ones our schools use in determining when to send a child who is ill home from school. This is one reason why it is so important that the school office has current home, work, and emergency telephone numbers.

Bus and Change of Plans - Procedures for Notes:  When students are going somewhere other than home or their regular drop off site (i.e. daycare), students MUST bring a note to school that morning. Teachers will collect parent notes in the morning and send them to the office. All bus notes for the day will then be written.

If plans change and you need to pick your child up, please come to the foyer area of the office at 3:00, so you can meet your child as he/she is dismissed at 3:05. Please, only call the office if an unexpected emergency arises. We really appreciate your cooperation with these procedures. It helps us a great deal in the office.

Computer/Internet Use at School:  Internet use has become a standard part of the educational process. A parent/guardian may request an internet opt-out form in the office if they do not want their child to use the internet at school. The students are to use the internet for research and other classroom activities as directed by the teacher. Any misuse of the internet will be considered a Category 1 discipline infraction. Repetitive misuse will result in loss of privilege.

Cell Phone Policies and Warning About Sexting:  Students may not use their cell phones at recesses that are not before school or at lunch. This means students may not use cell phones during passing time, in the restrooms during class, or in the hallways during class. Also, please review the policies about sexting and its consequences on page 7 of the Student Handbook

Medications at School:  There are state laws regarding medications at school. Any medications, prescription or over the counter, taken at school must be stored in the office in its original container and must be accompanied by an "Authorization for Administration of Medication" form. If your child needs to take medication of any kind at school please pick up and complete the form. A physician's signature is required for all medications on this form. These forms need to be updated every school year. Some students who use inhalers can carry them with them, but still need to have the paperwork on file in the office.

Restraining Orders/Parenting Plans:  If you possess a restraining order against another person or if you have a parenting plan, it is very important that you provide the office with the most current documents bearing the signature of or stamp of the judge. We are legally unable to deny parent contact with a child unless the proper documents are on file in our school.