Welcome to the Lake Stevens School District!
   

Dear Community Members,

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Amy Beth Cook, Superintendent

Welcome to another wonderful school year! I have spent a great deal of time in schools and classrooms and continue to be impressed by the engaging teaching and learning that takes place. Our staff members are well prepared and our students are excited to learn.

Before school started we welcomed back certificated and classified staff members on two separate days. These meetings were focused on our progress on the three-year Foundation for Excellence and the goals and objectives for this school year.

As part of our work on the Foundation for Excellence, we track a variety of data from each grade level and report it in a document we call the Measures of Success. This data drives our work and gives us a clear picture of our accomplishments and areas that need improvement. The Measures of Success document will be posted on the district website later this fall when the data is finalized.
 
The Measures of Success reflects one of our biggest celebrations—student achievement. I’m happy to share that our graduation rate has risen to 91.7 percent— the highest in Snohomish County based on currently released data. Additionally, preliminary state testing results were released in mid-August and we once again outperformed the state in all tested categories. These results are a reflection of work on the part of the board, administration, the entire staff of Lake Stevens School District, and our outstanding students. Four schools, Sunnycrest Elementary, Lake Stevens Middle, North Lake Middle and Cavelero Mid High, piloted the new Smarter Balanced Assessment. We don’t get individual or district scores from this pilot, but our participation will help to shape the final version of the assessment that will be given statewide this spring. We used this as an opportunity to learn more about the tests in order to better prepare our students.

In late September and early October, principals presented their School Improvement Plans (SIPs) to the board of directors. The SIPs mirror the Foundation for Excellence and focus directly on the work happening in each building to meet our four goal areas: Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Technology Empowered, Thoughtful Transitions, and Engaged Community. The presentations were meaningful, informative and demonstrated the continual cycle of improvement that we strive for as a district. We continually ask, “What do we want each student to learn?” “How will we know if each student is learning it?” “How will we respond when a student is experiencing difficulty learning?” and “How will we respond if the student already knows it?”. Our plans reflect intentional and thoughtful work around these questions and help us to provide a meaningful learning experience for each student.

The number of students enrolling in our district continues to increase, and we welcomed several new teachers into our elementary and secondary schools this school year. As our population increases, we have seen increased congestion in our student pick up/drop off areas and parking lots. I thank you in advance for your patience and encourage you to review the tips on page 2 which includes tips to help relieve this overcrowding.

Lastly, I’d like to encourage you to become involved in our schools. Becoming a volunteer is a simple process and opportunities are available to accommodate all schedules. 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. Visit any school to get started. Additional information is available on the district website under “Community” and “Volunteering.”

To give you another opportunity to learn more about our district, I would like to invite you to attend the upcoming community tour of Glenwood Elementary School and Cavelero Mid High School on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To RSVP, please email Jayme Taylor at jayme_taylor@lkstevens.wednet.edu. The tours give community members the opportunity to visit schools while they are in session seeing teaching and learning in action and to meet school staff. I will host other community tours this spring. 

Thank you for your continued support of our students and schools. 

 signature Amy Beth Cook Superintendent