Dear Community Members,
Amy Beth Cook, Superintendent
I hope that you had a restful holiday and a Happy New Year! As we enter 2014, I’d like to first reflect on 2013. December was a busy month in our district, filled with musical concerts and student performances.
Once again, students and staff throughout the district raised an astonishing amount of food and monetary donations for local organizations during their holiday food drives. On Dec. 7, we held the 27th annual Dickens Fair. Hundreds of visitors took advantage of the handmade crafts and delighted in our student’s performances.
January is School Board Appreciation Month and I am especially thankful for our board of directors, who selflessly serve our students and community. I’m happy to share with you that out of 295 school districts in the state, our board was one of 15 to earn a Board of Distinction award from the Washington State School Directors’ Association. The award honors school boards that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board Standards, which promote research-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district achievement.
Feb. 11 marks an important day for our district. The school board has placed two levy elections on the ballot for your consideration—one is a replacement of the four year Maintenance and Operations Levy, and the second is a replacement of the four year Technology Levy. Detailed information about these measures, and how they support our students, are available here.
In an effort to communicate the facts about the levies, I gave more than 30 presentations to district staff members, parents, community members and business owners to provide information and answer questions. After giving these presentations, I was reminded how honored I am to serve in such a caring community. During these informational presentations, I also gave an overview and update on our strategic planning process. I shared the background of the project, our new mission and vision statements, the four goals and three foundational principals. Work is happening every day throughout the district to achieve our goals and help our students be contributing members of society and lifelong learners.
As we enter the 2014 Legislative Session, the school board and I will closely follow education funding and other education-related issues. We will continue to be in close contact with our legislators and will communicate the need to fully fund public education and to minimize additional cuts.
If you’re not already connected to our schools, I invite you to visit and volunteer. Any time you can give to our students is valuable. Each school has a volunteer coordinator who can match your interests and skills to a specific classroom or project. Many schools have volunteer opportunities that can be completed after school hours. More information is available under the “Community” tab on our district website.
As always, I welcome any questions you have about our schools. Please feel free to contact me at 425-335-1500.