Welcome to the Lake Stevens School District!
Dear Community Members,
Amy Beth Cook, Superintendent
This school year is off to an exciting start. I’ve spent a great deal of time in schools and classrooms, and I’m continually impressed by the preparation of our staff members and the engagement of our students.
Prior to the start of the school year two separate meetings were held for certificated staff members and classified staff members. These meetings welcomed back staff and provided time to collaborate, learn about the district’s goals, upcoming projects and celebrations.
One of our biggest celebrations is our state assessment scores. I am extremely proud to report that Lake Stevens students outperformed their peers statewide in all 21 assessed categories on the annual Measurements of Student Progress, the High School Proficiency Exam and the End-of-Course exams. Our assessment scores also led other Snohomish County school districts in the majority of tested areas. These scores reflect intentional and thoughtful work on behalf of the board, administration, the entire staff of Lake Stevens School District and our outstanding students.
The number of students enrolling in our district continued to increase slightly, which resulted in the addition of several teaching positions. At the kindergarten level we had to make some last minute adjustments due to increased enrollment and high class sizes. I sincerely thank parents and staff members for your patience and understanding as we put these changes into place.
We are making notable progress on the district’s new three year strategic plan—the Foundation for Excellence. Each of the four goal areas has specific strategies and measures of success to gauge progress. In late September and early October, principals presented their School Improvement Plans (SIPs) to the board of directors. This year, the SIPs were redesigned to mirror the Foundation for Excellence and focus directly on our four goal areas. District administrators provide regular updates to the board on the implementation of the plan. The plan is available to the public through the district website under the “Strategic Plan” link under “Site Shortcuts.”
If you’re not already involved in our schools I encourage you to do so. Becoming a volunteer is a simple process. Whether you read to a child, help prepare classroom materials, chaperone a field trip or lead an activity, you are contributing to our students’ academic achievement. To get started, visit any school. Additional information is available on the district website under “Community” and “Volunteering.”
One way to become involved is to attend the upcoming community tour of Hillcrest Elementary School and Lake Stevens High School on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour gives community members the opportunity to visit schools while they are in session to see teaching and learning in action, meet school staff and learn more about our district. I will host another community tour this spring.
We are off to a great start and I thank you for your support of our students and schools.