July 2018Dear Community Members,
Congratulations to the Class of 2018! On June 12 we presented 545 Lake Stevens High School seniors with diplomas. HomeLink, our district’s home school cooperative, had six seniors who were honored at a schoolwide celebration on June 11.
Overall, this year’s graduates earned more than $1.8 million in scholarships. Students in the Class of 2018 aspire to be aviation mechanics, bio mathematicians, teachers, composers, physicians, and chemical, electrical and computer engineers. Many students are entering the trades and several will proudly serve our country in the Armed Forces. Some are attending local schools like the University of Washington and Everett Community College, while others are venturing farther from home to Texas Technical University and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
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. 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 and 40 years of service. This year, 15 retirees were honored, 15 employees reached 25 years of service and three employees reached 40 years of service. Their expertise and professionalism are very much appreciated.
I was honored to participate in the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the modernized and expanded Lake Stevens High School on June 8. On June 19 we held the Open House and Ribbon Cutting for the Early Learning Center and Stevens Creek Elementary School. These special events gave us another opportunity to thank our community for their support of our students and our schools. Thank you!
We will once again survey our families and community members with an annual survey. If you haven’t already received an email to participate, please watch for one shortly. You can also complete the survey through our district website. Your feedback is shared with 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.
I hope you have an enjoyable summer! We look forward to seeing you at welcome back events this fall, and for our first day of school on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Amy Beth Cook, Ed.D.