The 2019-20 school year is off to a wonderful start! I’m so proud of our students and our staff members, and am excited to tell you about our continued work to support teaching and learning.
One way our student achievement is measured is by on-time graduation rates and state assessment scores. Last spring our students took state assessments in English Language Arts, math and science. Our students once again outperformed their peers statewide in all assessed categories. I invite you to learn more about their progress by reading the headline article on the home page.
These results are a reflection of work on the part of our Board of Directors, administration, the entire staff of Lake Stevens School District, and our outstanding students. While state assessments are just one of the many ways we assess students, I am grateful to see that the majority of our students are making progress. We have a strong plan and tools in place to support our students who need additional interventions.
Later this month elementary and secondary principals will present the progress of their school’s 2018-19 School Improvement Plans to our Board of Directors. They will also discuss the goals and strategies included in their 2019-20 plans. These plans mirror our district Foundation for Excellence and directly focus on the work happening in each of our buildings in our five goal areas:
- Excellence in Teaching & Learning
- Technology Empowered
- Thoughtful Transitions
- Engaged Community
- Facilities Improvement
The modernization and expansion of Lake Stevens High School is progressing, and we are very eager to welcome students, staff members and the community into the new learning spaces. Once staff members and students are settled, we will have a celebratory event to allow families, community members and alumni to explore the new campus. Please stay tuned for more information! Work is also continuing at Hillcrest West. This is the former Early Learning Center. The space is being converted into elementary classrooms, restrooms, an additional cafeteria and health room, and collaboration spaces for teaching and learning. Hillcrest has the highest elementary student enrollment, and this additional space is necessary to best-serve students. You can learn more about this work on our construction updates page.
If you’re not already connected to our schools, I invite you to visit and volunteer. Any time you can give to our students is valuable. Whether you read to a child, help prepare classroom materials, chaperone a field trip, or lead an activity, you are contributing to our students’ academic achievement. Visit our website to get started. Information is available under “Community” and “Volunteering.”
Thank you for your continued support of our students and schools!
Amy Beth Cook, Ed.D.