• Superintendent's Corner

    May 2019
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    Spring is an exciting and busy time in Lake Stevens School District. During this time, we have the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the academic and artistic talents of our students through learning events at schools, vocal and instrumental music concerts, art shows and the spring play. We also celebrate the service and contributions of our amazing staff members and our district volunteers.

    On April 24, our board of directors honored Volunteers of the Year from each of our schools and the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens who received our districtwide Distinguished Service Award. You can find more information about that special recognition in our spring edition of Lake Schools. We are extremely fortunate to have an amazing staff in our district, but volunteers are an essential part of our daily operations. We have thousands of volunteers who help us build better, stronger, healthier schools and to enhance our community. We thank them for their dedication to the children of Lake Stevens.

    In March we celebrated our nearly 700 classified employees. This includes nurses, paraeducators, bus drivers, maintenance and grounds personnel, technical staff, office professionals, custodians, food service workers and our warehouse staff. The first week of May we honored our nearly 600 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, and we are incredibly grateful for them.

    For the past five months, a committee made up of administrators, teachers, district staff members, parents and community members has been meeting to discuss school start times. The committee is researching start times and their impact on students at various ages. They are also examining other districts and how altered start times have impacted their schools in order to understand how changes may affect school and district programs. This fall, parents, students, staff and community members will have the opportunity to provide input and feedback regarding start times through a survey. That feedback will be used in further decision making. Changes of this magnitude take a great deal of planning and preparation. If any changes were to occur, they would likely go into effect in the 2020-21 school year. You will receive more information about the survey at the start of next school year, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

    As always, I welcome and encourage any questions you have about our schools.

    Warm regards,
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    Amy Beth Cook, Ed.D.