Congratulations to the Class of 2020! On June 30 we presented 583 Lake Stevens High School seniors with diplomas. Overall, this year’s graduates earned more than $1 million in scholarships. Students in the Class of 2020 aspire to be physicians, engineers, construction managers, teachers, environmental scientists, nurses and designers. Some are attending local schools like Washington State University and Everett Community College, while others are venturing farther from home. We also have several students who will proudly serve our country in the Armed Forces.
This year’s graduation celebration was unique due to COVID-19. However, the change in logistics didn’t diminish the amazing accomplishments of our students. I’m grateful to the administration and staff at Lake Stevens High School for their continued efforts and flexibility to ensure that the Class of 2020 was celebrated, while keeping students safe.
Graduation allows us to share in the pride that hundreds of our students are moving into the next stage of their lives. This is a significant time for our graduates and their families, and I appreciate the hard work and dedication exhibited throughout their school careers. Thank you to the families, district staff members and our community for supporting our students on their path to success.
We are hard at work on a plan to safely return to school this September. A School Reopening Workgroup made up of educators, nurses, school support staff, and parents has been meeting since June to create important recommendations in three areas—Operations, Health & Safety; In-Person Instruction; and Online Instruction. We also have groups focused on student meals and transportation, and a student focus group. These groups will present their findings to our Administrative Team in early August. Then, we will survey our families to gain important feedback on the proposed scenarios for the return to school. This information will help our Administrative Team present a final recommendation to the Board of Directors at the Aug. 12 meeting. Once a reopening plan is adopted by the Board, it will be submitted to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and reviewed by the Snohomish Health District.
As you can see, there is a great deal of important work happening this summer. While we will be moving quickly, we are working thoroughly to ensure that all of our students and programs are well-represented. You are encouraged to follow the progress of these groups by visiting our School Reopening Workgroup page.
Free summer lunch is being offered through Aug. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at North Lake Middle School. This is an important program for our community, and I invite you to participate and to help spread the word so that all of the children in Lake Stevens have access to a nutritious meal while schools are not in session. More information is available here, or by calling 425-335-1561.
Have a wonderful summer! We will be in touch next month with important information about the coming school year.
Amy Beth Cook, Ed.D.