June is an exciting time of celebrations, goodbyes and reflections on the school year. On June 10 we presented 480 Lake Stevens High School seniors with diplomas. On June 16, 15 students graduated from HomeLink, the district’s home school cooperative. Overall, this year’s graduates earned nearly $1 million in scholarships. Students in the Class of 2014 are attending college locally and as far away as Arizona State University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Penn State University. They aspire to be physicists, nurses, firefighters, pilots, ministers, athletes, engineers, auto technicians and fashion forecasters—just to name a few.
I am so very proud of the Class of 2014. 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 cadre of volunteers. Every day, these groups work to better the lives of our students. 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.
Earlier this spring, we recognized several district staff members who are retiring and those who have contributed 25 years of service to the district. Their expertise and professionalism are very much appreciated.
The end of the 2013-14 school year also marks the end of the first year of work on our three-year strategic plan, the Foundation for Excellence. Staff members spent the year working on the numerous strategies set forth by the committees in order to meet the four goals set by the board of directors. In August, the board will receive an update on this important work, including a review of the plans for 2014-15.
This has been a busy yet rewarding year, and work is already underway for next school year. Important registration and orientation days will be included on the district Web calendar later this summer. In September, each family will receive a printed district calendar and parent handbook that provides additional information about our district and schools.
I sincerely thank you for sharing your children with us. They are the greatest gift. I hope you have a safe and relaxing summer!