Superintendent's Update: February 26, 2020

National Education Conference

Earlier this month I attended the National Conference on Education 2020 presented by The American School Superintendents Association. This three-day conference combined networking with other superintendents from across the country, world-class education from seasoned practitioners, and opportunities to interact with game-changers from outside the education field. Innovative and critical issue sessions included equitable and inclusionary practices through budgeting and strategic planning; social and emotional learning strategies; and safety and security for schools.


Shadow Day Visit

As I mentioned in an earlier update, I’ve made it a priority to spend time each month “shadowing” a classified employee. Last week, I shadowed Amanda Besaw, a paraeducator at Clear Creek Elementary. Connecting with a variety of employees from all schools and departments has been eye opening and is helping me gain a deeper understanding about some of the behind-the-scenes work that occurs across our district.


Shelton School District Visit

Last Thursday morning I joined Mark Anderson at Olympic High School to welcome administrators and board members from Shelton School District. They met with us about our Career & Technical Education programs and toured the school’s new state-of-the-art CTE spaces. Our CTE spaces have drawn attention from across our state, and I am very appreciative to our staff for conducting tours and sharing their classrooms with others.


District Honor Choir Concert

Last Thursday evening I attended my first honor choir concert, and I was amazed at the talent on display—from both students and staff. The honor choir has been in existence for more than 40 years, and 18 of our 19 schools participate. This year’s honor choir involved approximately 225 students in grades 5-12.


Black History Month

Observing Black History Month in February gives us a chance to be intentional about teaching and learning around the significance and impact of African American history. Our schools have been finding various ways to spark important and meaningful conversations. As a reminder, the district’s Black History Month Celebration will be held tomorrow evening (6:00 p.m.) at Barker Creek Community School.


Brick Fragment Giveaway

The demolition process for the old CK High School is underway. We’ve had several former students and staff members ask about obtaining bricks from the school. In response, we will hold a brick fragment giveaway on Saturday, March 28, 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the old Tracyton Elementary School campus. Tickets (free) are required and are available through Facebook and EventBrite. One brick fragment will be handed out as-is to each ticket holder; the condition of bricks varies.