June was an exciting time of celebrations, goodbyes and reflections on the
school year. On June 9 we presented 517 Lake Stevens High School seniors with
diplomas. On June 15, 16
students graduated from HomeLink, the district’s home school cooperative. Overall,
this year’s graduates earned more than $1 million in
scholarships. Students in the Class of 2015 aspire to be engineers, pilots,
business owners, physicists, actors, singers, dancers, firefighters and law
enforcement officers—just to name a few.
I am so very proud of the Class of 2015. Graduation day allows each of us to share in the pride that hundreds of our students are moving into the next stage of their lives. This is a significant time for our graduates and their families, and I appreciate the hard work and dedication exhibited throughout their school careers.
The success of our students can be attributed to their families, teachers, school staff members and the community at large. Lake Stevens School District is fortunate to have engaged families, award-winning staff and a huge community of volunteers. These groups work to better the lives of our students, every day.
I want to especially thank our PTA organizations, the Lake Stevens Education Foundation, Purple and Gold Club, our parent booster clubs and our civic organizations. Our reputation for excellence would be impossible without your generous and consistent support.
I would also like to recognize the significant contributions of our staff. We are fortunate to have experienced and capable employees. Each year, we recognize staff members who are retiring and those who have contributed 25 years of service. This year, 19 retirees were honored and 13 employees reached 25 years of service. Their expertise and professionalism are very much appreciated.
Although we don’t have children in our buildings this summer, work continues on the third year of our strategic plan, which was adopted in the 2013-14 school year. Later this summer, our Board of Directors will receive an update on this important work. Earlier in the school year, a Facilities Advisory Committee was formed to provide recommendations to the Board of Directors to address increased enrollment, overcrowding and conditions of current facilities. As work progresses and decisions are made, information will be shared with our community, and feedback will be sought.
We have just completed our annual parent and community survey using Thoughtexchange. I hope you were able to share your feedback. Data is shared with all administrators at all schools and helps direct our path for teaching and learning, parent engagement and technology, while highlighting areas where we can improve. In the fall, we will again reach out to you to get your feedback on our district facilities, which will shape our direction for the future.
Amy Beth Cook, Superintendent