Superintendent's Update: October 9, 2019

School Start & End Times Survey

The School Start & End Times Team, led by Franklyn MacKenzie and David McVicker, launched an online survey on October 4. The team used community input to develop the survey, which provides possible start times options. This survey is a chance for students, families and staff to tell the team what they think about the options. The survey will be open through Monday, October 14. Results will be shared during the board meeting on October 23.

The Boeing Company Tour and Recognition Event

On October 3, I attended the Boeing Manufacturing Day Partner School Recognition Event. The agenda included a tour of the Everett factory, as well as a Partner Recognition Lunch with keynote remarks and an awards ceremony. Central Kitsap School District was honored as a valued partner with Boeing through our implementation of the Core Plus curriculum and manufacturing classes

WASA Fall Conference

Yesterday I attended the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Fall Conference. The theme of the conference was Promoting Positive Student Engagement: Moving Beyond the Law. Every school district in our state is required to have policies in place that describe which student behaviors are and are not acceptable and are consistent with state laws. District and building administrators are called upon to develop and implement practices that ensure students are given opportunities to achieve personal and academic success. To help with that process, the conference included a variety of presentations and provided an update on legal aspects and implications

Military Compact (MIC3) Fall Meeting

Earlier today, I attended a meeting of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3). The Compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families, including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation. This work is important to our district because, on average, more than 20 percent of our students are active-duty military family dependents.

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

On October 17, families and organizations across our state (and the world) will practice how to act in an earthquake. Schools have many key roles during disasters, and when we are well prepared, everyone benefits. Participating in the 2019 Great Washington ShakeOut is a great way for our district to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes.

CK Campus Grand Opening

Finally, I wanted to say a quick word about last Wednesday’s grand opening of the CK Campus and my first ribbon cutting as superintendent. Our student speakers did an outstanding job, and I was overwhelmed by the level of community support and interest. The event marked completion of the final and largest of the major construction projects funded by the 2016 bond—which is really something to celebrate!—and it was a wonderful opportunity to thank all those involved.