The end of a school year is an exciting time filled with celebrations, transitions and reflections. This year is no different. On June 7 we presented 547 Lake Stevens High School seniors with diplomas. This was Lake Stevens High School’s largest graduating class! On June 13, five 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 2016 aspire to be judges, teachers, pediatric surgeons, fashion designers, scientists, pilots, business owners and members of the Armed Forces—just to name a few.
This is a significant time for our
graduates and their families, and I appreciate their hard work and dedication.
The success of these students can be attributed to their families, teachers,
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.
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, 16 retirees were honored and five employees reached 25 years of service—three employees reached 40 years of service. Their expertise and professionalism are very much appreciated.
As a district, we have just completed year three of our Foundation for Excellence—our strategic plan. Hopefully you have been engaged in our Thoughtexchange process to provide feedback on our progress, and to help us set a direction as we continue this important work. Once the Thoughtexchange process is complete, information about our future plans will be shared in our publications.
I encourage students and their families to continue learning this summer. There are a variety of tools available including many school-based reading challenges, and programs offered through Sno-Isle Libraries. Our elementary libraries will also be open this summer as an educational resource for students. Please refer to our district website for schedules. Summer lunches are available at Hillcrest Elementary School from 12 to 12:30 p.m. through Aug. 5 (closed July 4) for any child 18-years-old and younger.
I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing summer! We look forward to seeing everyone when school starts on Wednesday, Sept. 7.
Dr. Amy Beth Cook, Superintendent