We Are SoWashCo


Staff across the district are coming together to support our community by keeping kids safe, fed, educated and connected.

We are one community. We are SoWashCo!

Tech distributionchromebooksassembly line
Staff from technology services created an assembly line to get Chromebooks to middle school students in preparation for drive-thru distribution. This technology will help students stay connected for Distance Learning.

Selecting Books at CES
Picking our picture books, read-alouds and supporting tests for our future e-learning! #crestviewelementaryschool -Sara Bebeau
Food delivery
Nutrition Services delivers meals through a new grab-and-go system at Crestview Elementary.

Mindful Movement Minute
"Social workers across the district are offering virtual mindful movement minutes to staff during these trying times to help reduce stress and enforce the practice of self-care. This was Dr. Gervais at Valley Crossing Elementary School getting prepped for her session this morning with staff." -Jennifer Gervais

Emily Scoville at Red Rock
Emily Scoville is a special education (center-based teacher) at Red Rock Elementary school. Emily is preparing for distance-learning. Her students require hands-on manipulatives and she is getting materials together for families and students. The kiddos will be so happy to be using familiar materials!!

Jamie Kirchner created this video for our students and shared it on the Oltman Middle School Facebook page. Oltman Misses Our Students!

Technology Department Helping With Chromebooks
Amazing SoWashCo staff distributing chromebooks at Lake Middle School! 
Matt Liston
SHOUTOUT goes to Matt Liston (long-term orchestra substitute at Lake Middle School) for sharing his beautiful music in the main entry this afternoon with staff! Our school is definitely much “quieter” around here without our students – so thank you to Matt for sharing your musical talents!

Pine Hill music teacher Liz Ziegler created a video of herself dancing to music while cleaning her classroom, with a playlist that was suggested by her students. So funny and creative!

Rockstar Paras
"Here is a photo our rock star ECFE paraprofessionals at Central Park taking a break from deep cleaning/sanitizing our site. They really stepped up and put in elbow grease to combat COVID-19. They sure are missing our littles!" -Brenda Griffin

WMS Chromebooks
WMS Chromebooks
WMS Chromebooks
#WeAreSoWashCo staff distributing Chromebooks to students at Woodbury Middle School!

Food Pick Up
Jana Zaremba and Julie Prior-Miller from Community Education waiting for families to pick-up food packs at Cottage Grove Middle School.

CES Spirit Day
Crestview Elementary School had a “Distance Learning” virtual spirit day kick off!

Red Rock Elementary
Red Rock Elementary teachers and staff have a message for their students!

Our Crestview Elementary staff got creative to connect with students and families this week. Staff asked local police to join them in a car parade through the neighborhood to wave at students, say hi and give them encouragement.

"Unfortunately I do not have a photo, but I could not be more proud of my team at Community Ed! We worked SO HARD to put an emergency care program together in TWO DAYS. That is simply amazing, and could not have been accomplished without the incredible displays of teamwork and support. Many worked 12+ hours, and will continue to do so for the coming days, because we love the children in our district, and we want to do our part to support during this unprecedented time. I am so thankful to work for SoWashCo Community Ed, and proud to work with such caring and selfless people."

Annie - Out-of-School Time Support Specialist
Collaborating at Red Rock Elementary
Collaborating at a safe social distance at Red Rock Elementary. 

MES 3rd Grade Teachers
The third grade team at Middleton Elementary hard at work and missing their students! (Linda Pieper, Liz Brown, Heather Bestler, Sara Koehenen and Olivia Bartholow)
Community Education Working Late
"This photo, that does not accurately depict how many people were working together, was taken last night at 6:30 p.m. Although staff stayed much later into the night, all Community Education staff pitched in to help with the planning, safety and registration of over 300 children so they would be ready to check-in at 6:30 AM this morning and their staff leaders would know who their parents were, their emergency contacts, dietary needs, IEP’s, authorized pick-up persons, ages, and more." -Julie Prior-Miller

"I was helping unbox Chromebooks at the DSC yesterday when the superintendent walked in took off his coat, rolled up his sleeves, and started helping the tech team." -Annie Pedersen

Valley Crossing Q&A
"Participating in a staff Q & A meeting via WebEx and practicing social distancing! I love my team!" -Sheila Franzen at Valley Crossing

Grey Cloud staff wanted our families to know that we are thinking of them and really miss the students coming to school!

CE Delivering meals
Six teams of two CE staff went out in district vehicles today to deliver 197 meals to students in need all over our district (Pictured: Mary Meier and Carol Bromen, clerical staff for Community Education).

SLP Meeting
The District Speech and Language Pathologist’s collaborated this afternoon via Webex. We have an awesome group of SLPS in 833!

Practicing Social Distancing
Practicing social distancing while meeting (with hand sanitizer at the ready) -Angie Lawrence & Chuck Paulson

Online Ceramics Prep
Tricia Schmidt went above and beyond to make sure students could continue ceramics class at home!

Big thanks to my small team of two, Coley and Laura, who've spent 12 and 14 hour days creating a comprehensive information website, writing emails and phone calls, and ensuring all our families and staff stay updated with the latest information. 
- Pepe Barton, Director of Communications.
Here are some of our amazing Lake Middle School Nutrition Services staff members preparing meals for students. 
WMS Workout Club
"WMS staff using WebEx and Nike Training Club to connect with each other and get rolling on a Friday morning" -Joshua Eidem

Valley Crossing Elementary early childhood teachers sent out a “Wish you well” video to their 3 and 4 year old students! A parent wanted to share their child's reaction to video.

Early Learning will be providing a 10-15-minute circle time, story, etc. with their children each day as part of our distance learning plan and this shows the importance of our continued connection.

Great moments from iPad pickup at Crestview Elementary. 

Chromebook Pickup at ERHS
Chromebook pickup at East Ridge High School went great!
Lee Wingall
Lee Wignall, a teacher at Woodbury High School, hosts a physics WebEX session and answers some tough questions.

East Ridge High School wanted to make some shoutouts!