To enable students to become responsible citizens and lifelong learners by ensuring quality instruction in a nurturing environment.
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The Evergreen School District is in its 115th year of continuous operation and is located in beautiful Northwest Montana, near Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, and Whitefish Mountain Resort. Located in the heart of the Kalispell area, Evergreen is an unincorporated community with its own Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and Lions Club. There are approximately 2,400 registered voters and 8,000 residents in Evergreen. The District boundaries are approximately three miles wide, and, as a result, no bus transportation services are provided for students. All students walk, ride bikes, or are car riders to and from school each day.
As the 40th largest school district in Montana (of 409 districts), the 4th largest K-8 school district in Montana, and the largest K-8 school district in the Flathead Valley, the District has approximately 720 students and 122 staff. The District has K-4 elementary school, a 5-8 junior high, and hosts the Flathead Crossroads Program.
The District’s vision is to be a District that equips students with skills, resources, and resiliency to adapt, thrive, and positively contribute to our rapidly changing world. The District’s mission is to enable students to become responsible citizens and lifelong learners by ensuring quality instruction in a nurturing environment. The District’s Credo is Ever Giving; Ever Growing; Evergreen. The District’s goals are to improve student achievement and learning, to improve systematic analysis and allocation of resources, and to improve climate and culture.
Some strengths of the District culturally are providing a caring and nurturing learning environment; celebrating the successes of students, staff, and community; working together with our close knit community as the Evergreen family; and working with a strong, stable board of trustees committed to the success of students and staff. Some strengths of the District academically are using data to improve teacher instruction and student learning; implementing digital learning across multiple platforms and for various uses; providing inclusive classrooms where students work together to achieve; and collaborating with partner high schools to ensure student success. In addition, both Evergreen School District schools are fully accredited (by the Montana Office of Public Instruction) at the highest level with no deviations and no corrective action plans required.
The District has recently added a College, Career, and Citizen Ready Summary to share expectations that students be well prepared, well rounded, productive citizens who give back to their community. For College Ready, the District looks at course pass rate, STAR Assessment proficiency, and Smarter Balanced/CRT proficiency. For Career Ready, the District looks at attendance, co-curricular participation, and community service. For Citizen Ready, the District looks at responsibility, citizenship/teamwork, and quality of work.
The District is a Google Apps for Education District, and students have daily access to computers, iPads, and Chromebooks in all grades, with 5th-8th grade junior high students having one-to-one access to Chromebooks. The District also recently upgraded from a 50mb wireless connection to a 500mb fiber optic connection. At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, the District was one of seven districts visited in state of Montana on the Governor’s “Back to School” tour, where the Governor highlighted the District for its use of technology and noted that Evergreen’s technology plan was a “model for schools across the state.”