Dear Community Members,
There are many exciting things happening in our district. I hope you had an opportunity to read about our construction projects and the recent adoption of new elementary school boundaries. I want to thank everyone who participated in these processes—committee members, school board meeting attendees and those community members who connected with our district through phone calls and email messages. While this is a time of transition, it’s a wonderful opportunity to bring new learning facilities to our students. Please stay tuned to future publications for updates on this important work.
Your school board and I are keeping a close eye on this year’s legislative session. At the end of January, we attended the annual Legislative Conference, hosted by the Washington State School Director’s Association, where we received updates from Gov. Inslee’s office, Superintendent Reykdal and state budget analysts. We also will remain in contact with our local legislators to urge them to continue to support K-12 education through full funding, and to explain how proposed legislation would impact our district and students.
In March we celebrated our nearly 500 classified employees. This includes nurses, paraeducators, bus drivers, maintenance and grounds personnel, technical staff, office professionals, custodians, food service workers and our warehouse staff. During the week of May 8 we will honor our certificated employees. This includes teachers, counselors, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, librarians and specialists. Our staff members work tirelessly each day to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our students.
There’s always a buzz of anticipation in our schools as we transition into springtime. If you haven’t visited lately, I invite you to attend an upcoming vocal or instrumental concert, the high school play or a school board meeting. Our Community Education Program also has numerous spring and summer classes and camps for both students and adults. There are many ways to get involved. Springtime also marks the second semester of the school year and annual state testing. Beginning in third-grade, students will once again take the Smarter Balanced Assessment. This assessment is an important tool to measure academic success. However, we know that student achievement means much more than the score on a state assessment. As a district we are committed to continuing to provide high quality instruction that meets the needs of all students.
To learn more, visit our district website or call your local elementary school. We look forward to welcoming the class of 2030! As always, I welcome and encourage any questions you have about our schools.