Happy New Year! Although, in the world of education, we celebrate this important milestone each September. However, the changing of the calendar year is when we transition into the second semester of the school year. There are many exciting things happening in our schools.
First, the snow and ice have thawed and we are back to our normal schedule. Thank you for your flexibility during the first winter weather event of the season. It’s never an easy decision to close our schools, but we always act in the best interest and safety of our students and staff members. I am hopeful that we will not need any additional snow days, but we all know that winter weather can be very unpredictable. Remember that we have Tuesday, June 16 through Friday, June 19 marked for snow make up days. Information about the new last day of school will be communicated prior to Spring Break.
January was School Board Appreciation Month and I want to thank our Board of Directors for their leadership and dedication to our district and community. Board members are volunteers who selflessly give of themselves to inspire excellence in our schools and community.
On Jan. 27 our staff members collaborated with their grade-level and subject-matter peers during a districtwide Learning Improvement Day. There were no students in our schools, but staff members were hard at work improving their instruction; participating in interactive lessons; further exploring how to use student data to support learning; and digging deeper into Social Emotional Learning. We are greatly appreciative for this important day of professional development.
Please take a few moments to read the February Construction Update on the Construction page. We look forward to celebrating the completion of the first phase of modernization and expansion at Lake Stevens High School. We are hopeful you will join us for the community Open House & Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. This special event gives us a chance to thank community members for their continued support of our schools—and to show off these beautiful learning spaces.
If you follow local politics you know we have a new mayor and two new city council members. Our school district has always had a strong relationship with our city leaders that we look forward to maintaining. Mayor Gailey and I plan to meet to continue this important partnership.
We are excited to welcome the Class of 2033 to our schools this September! Kindergarten enrollment begins on March 24 at your neighborhood elementary school. More information is available on the Kindergarten Registration page.
Thank you for your continued support of our students and schools!
Amy Beth Cook, Ed.D.