Superintendent's CornerNovember 2018
Dear Community Members,
Happy Thanksgiving! As I reflect on the school year thus far, I continue to be grateful to our students who give us a daily reminder of our priorities and purpose as school employees. Our staff members are talented, capable and dedicated employees who work tirelessly to support Lake Stevens’ children. We are also extremely fortunate to live in this caring and engaged community.
State testing results show that we, once again, outperformed the state in all tested categories, and most categories were also higher than our Snohomish County neighbors. These results are a reflection of work on the part of the board, 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. I encourage you to read the article on the cover of this publication to learn more about the many ways we are working to close the opportunity gap to ensure that all students are making academic growth and progress. This is no small task, but it is our most important job.
In October elementary and secondary principals presented the progress of their school's 2017-18 School Improvement Plans to our Board of Directors. They also discussed the goals and strategies included in their 2018-19 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
I appreciate the planning, analyzing of data and reflection that went into the creation and implementation of these plans.
At the end of last school year we conducted our annual survey of parents and community members. District and school administrators spent the summer reviewing this important feedback, and used it to help create goals and action items for each School Improvement Plan. A summary of this feedback will be provided to our Board of Directors at an upcoming meeting and included in our district publications. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and ideas.
The number of students enrolling in our district continues to increase, and we welcomed more than 65 new teachers into our elementary and secondary schools this school year. The opening of our seventh elementary school, Stevens Creek, and the implementation of new elementary and middle school boundaries helped reduce enrollment numbers in many of our schools. Reducing class sizes has been an important priority and we are making good progress in this area. The winter issue of this publication will provide you more information about this work.
As always, I welcome any questions you have about our schools. Please feel free to contact me at 425-335-1500.
Amy Beth Cook, Ed.D.