Dear Community Members,Congratulations to the Class of 2017! On June 13 we presented 537 Lake Stevens High School seniors with diplomas. HomeLink, our district’s home school cooperative, had three graduates who opted to forgo a traditional ceremony this year. Overall, this year’s graduates earned more than $800,000 in scholarships. Students in the Class of 2017 aspire to be economists, computer scientists, teachers, engineers, mathematicians, scientists, interior designers and small business owners. Some are attending local schools like the University of Washington and Everett Community College, while others are venturing farther from home to Harvard and New York University. We also have several students who will proudly serve in our 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. 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, 14 retirees were honored, 17 employees reached 25 years of service and one employee reached 40 years of service. Their expertise and professionalism are very much appreciated.Although we don’t have children in our buildings this summer, work continues on the fourth year of our strategic plan, which was originally adopted in the 2013-14 school year with updated strategies for the next three years. Later this summer our Board of Directors will receive an update on this important work. We are just wrapping up our annual family and community survey using Thoughtexchange. I hope you were able to share your feedback. Data 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.While I am writing this, the State Legislature is in its second special session with no signs of reaching an agreement on education funding. As you can imagine, it’s incredibly difficult to forecast our district budget under such uncertainty. As we move forward, we will continue to ensure we are good stewards of your tax dollars, and that decisions are made based on what is best for our students. More information will be shared as it becomes available.I hope you have a wonderful summer! We look forward to seeing you in September.
Dr. Amy Beth Cook, Superintendent