Inspiring Excellence

Dear Community Members,

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! I have spent a great deal of time in our schools and classrooms and continue to be impressed by what I see. Our staff members are well prepared and our students are excited to learn.

Th­e number of students enrolling in our district continues to increase, and we were fortunate to welcome more than 40 new teachers into our elementary and secondary schools this school year. ­These educators replaced teachers who retired or those who moved to other school districts. We also had the opportunity to hire for some new positions. 

As you know, we are hard at work on construction of our P-5 Campus, which includes the new Early Learning Center and Elementary School #7. To help ease overcrowding in our elementary schools, a Boundary Committee began meeting this fall to bring a boundary readjustment recommendation to our Board of Directors. The ­new boundaries are planned to go into effect at the start of the 2017-18 school year. Th­e Committee’s progress and the Board’s decision will be widely shared through our numerous communication channels. More information about our bond projects.

In 2013, our Board of Directors created a new strategic plan for our district called the Foundation for Excellence. Th­ese goals have guided the work of our staff‑ members at all levels for the past three years: 

  1. Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  2. Technology Empowered
  3. Th­oughtful Transitions
  4. Engaged Community

In order to maintain our momentum and progress, the Board decided to continue with the same goals for the next three years. Since technology is such an important educational tool, it has been embedded into each of the goals and strategies. ­The Board also added a fifth goal— Facility Improvements—to capture the myriad work that is taking place throughout the district. With these goals comes new action steps and strategies that will guide our work as a district, and each school’s annual improvement plan. We are in the process of developing opportunities for our families and community to review the plan and provide feedback. Please stay tuned!

I’m happy to share that our graduation rate is 91.1 percent— the highest of all school districts in Snohomish County based on current state data. Additionally, state testing results were released in mid-August and we once again outperformed the state in all tested categories. ­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.

Lastly, I’d like to encourage you to become involved in our schools. Becoming a volunteer is a simple process and opportunities are available to accommodate all schedules. 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 any school to get started. Additional information is available here.

To give you another opportunity to learn more about our district, I would like to invite you to attend the upcoming community tour of Skyline Elementary School and Cavelero Mid High School on Tuesday, Nov. 29 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Educational Service Center. To RSVP, please email Th­e tours give community members the opportunity to visit schools while they are in session seeing teaching and learning in action and to meet school staff. I will host another community tour in the spring. ­

Thank you for your continued support of our students and schools. 

  signature Amy Beth Cook Superintendent

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Dr. Amy Beth Cook, Superintendent