Superintendent's Update: January 8, 2020

Winter Break and Second Semester

Many of our schools greeted students on Monday with special activities to welcome them back from winter break. Finals are coming up later this month, and second semester will begin on February 3.

Inclusionary Practices: Statewide Support for District Change

Our district has been selected to participate in the Washington Association of School Administrators’ (WASA) Inclusionary Practices project. This will be very important work for us. The project will provide professional learning and support to assist districts across our state as they move to more inclusive learning environments for students with disabilities. Over the past few years, our district has experienced a large turnover in special education and general education staff. Our hope is that this grant will help us better ensure that our self-contained students are included with their typically developing peers to the maximum extent possible. 

Shadow Days

You may recall that I spent my first day here working with employees from Grounds-Maintenance-Custodial, Transportation, and Warehouse. It was the best way to start. Since then, I’ve made it a point to spend at least one day each week out in schools and classrooms. I’ve also made it a priority to spend time each month “shadowing” a classified employee. This fall, I shadowed Christy Magley, a bus driver, Charlie Christy, head custodian at Esquire Hills Elementary, and Lisa Wilson and her amazing Food Services colleagues in the CK Campus kitchen—and I’m looking forward to more. As a leader, I believe it’s important for me to connect with a variety of employees from all schools and departments. 

Jeremy Faxon Award

I am pleased to share with you that Jeremy Faxon, a music teacher at Fairview Middle School, was recently named to School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s 22nd annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” list. These directors were nominated by students (both former and current), colleagues, musical instrument retailers, band parents, administrators, friends, family, and former band directors. In his interview with the magazine, Jeremy shared that the most important lesson he tries to teach his students is to do their best each day and to find enjoyment in that hard work and the growth that comes from it.