Congratulations to the Class of 2019! On June 11 we presented 585 Lake Stevens High School seniors with diplomas. Overall, this year’s graduates earned more than $1.3 million in scholarships. Students in the Class of 2019 aspire to be chemists, engineers, construction managers, teachers, environmental scientists, nurses and designers. Some are attending local schools like the University of Washington and Everett Community College, while others are venturing farther from home to Cal-Poly and Grinnell College. We also have several students who will proudly serve our country in the Armed Forces.
Graduation is an exciting time! This celebration 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.
The end of the school year is also an important time to recognize the significant contributions of our staff members. We are fortunate to have experienced and capable employees. Each year, we recognize staff members who are retiring and those who have contributed 25 years of service. This year, 20 retirees were honored and 16 employees reached 25 years of service. Their expertise and professionalism are very much appreciated.
We once again surveyed our families to gain their feedback about our schools and district. I hope you had the opportunity to participate. Data is shared with our Board of Directors and all administrators at all schools and helps direct our path for teaching and learning, parent engagement and technology, while highlighting areas where we can improve.
Free summer lunch is being offered through August 9 from 12 to 12:30 at Sunnycrest Elementary 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 online, or by calling 425-335-1561.
Have a wonderful summer! We look forward to seeing you in September.
Amy Beth Cook, Ed.D.