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Local Legislators Visit Granite Falls Classrooms

May 2, 2014 by

by Elizabeth A. Holderman, Granite Falls School District Administrative Assistant/Community Relations

Karin Manns, Superintendent Hall, Senator Pearson, Leg. Scott, CCSS Teacher Leader Debra Howell

Karin Manns, Superintendent Hall, Senator Pearson, Leg. Scott, CCSS Teacher Leader Debra Howell

On Monday, April 21st, Monte Cristo Elementary in the Granite Falls School District hosted an informational day for our local legislators. Senator Kirk Pearson, 39th District, and Representative Elizabeth Scott, 39th District Position 2 attended from 9-11am. Teacher Debra Howell invited legislators to come and see first-hand what the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) look like in action. Superintendent Linda Hall was at the school to greet all Legislators and introduce them.

The entire Granite Falls School District has been working hard for the past two years to move toward effective implementation of the new CCSS. During the morning, the legislators first received a brief overview of the changes from the Washington State Standards to the Common Core State Standards that are being implemented in 44 states throughout the nation.

Orion Green with Senator Pearson

Orion Green with Senator Pearson

After the introduction, they had the opportunity to visit both primary and intermediate age classrooms teaching the new standards. Included were language arts lessons, using computer tablets that support students in meeting the new standards. In addition, they had the opportunity to watch several math lessons and talked with students and staff.  After the class visitations, they gathered for a question and answer session.  This informational morning was a fabulous opportunity for our legislators to become better informed about CCSS and how it looks with the students first hand.  We, in our district, believe there is no better way to learn than to see it in action in the local schools they represent!

For more information on the Common Core State Standards, visit the OSPI website:

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