Superintendent's Blog

  • May 18, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Michelle Reid on 5/18/2018

    Hello Team Northshore,

     

    What a great week!! The sun is finally emerging to celebrate spring with us ;>) It is so energizing to feel the warmth of the changing season and share in the new growth abounding all around us. There are so many amazing quiet moments that we can savor at this time of the year when it can feel so busy...

     

    In fantastic financial news from our district Budget and Finance Department, I am happy to report that under Accounting Director Joli Valentino's leadership, we had an amazing audit experience. The Office of the Washington State Auditor (SAO) is required to examine the financial affairs of all local governments. Audits involve performing procedures to obtain evidence about the District's use of public resources, compliance with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures, and internal controls over such matters. After performing an Accountability Audit, a Financial Statement Audit, and a Federal Grant Compliance Audit, the Northshore School District annual audit came to a close on May 16. At the Exit Conference on May 16, the SAO reported no findings, and complimented Candy Manthey, Rose Hertzog, Anna Costales, Betsy Black, Angie Brown, Jennifer Benson, and Joli Valentino for their dedication and attentiveness. Well done!!

     

    Along with the Board of Directors, we had a great SIP visit to Woodmoor Elementary School this week. These visits are so integral to the comprehensive work we do as a district. In highlighting the work of the school, Principal Ebony Harvey highlighted several aspects of the school work this year; "Woodmoor is a special place where we pride ourselves in our inclusionary practices. It is a place where we are all unique and different, yet we are all one! I am truly #Woodmoor Proud of our staff and community!" We all noticed the strong feeling of pride as students greeted us as special guests and we certainly enjoyed sharing their classroom experience with them. It is always so energizing to be out in the schools. In keeping with our Strategic Plan Goal 2: Responsible, Resilient, Empathetic Learners, we shared in student writing and were a part of a kindergarten social emotional learning lesson involving Slow Down Snail and Impulsive Puppy ;>) reminding us to be nice when we accidentally knock someone down on the playground and offer them help to get up. I also took note of the sign stating that Woodmoor cooks have served 1,588,755 lunches since 1992. Wow, that is impressive!! Go Dolphins!!

     

    Inglemoor boys soccer team, carrying a collective 3.620 GPA, was named WIAA 4A Spring Team Academic State Champions. In sharing this exciting news, Coach Kevin Mcgibbon, shared; "The commitment of the team to perform both in the classroom and on the field is inspiring. Each of the graduating Seniors has finalized plans to attend college this fall, 4 members of the team carry a full IB load, including 3 who were taking 7 classes each day. In addition, there are 3 members taking Running Start classes, getting a jump on their college academics. This is a group that has met the challenge head on of achieving both on the field and in the classroom, and along with their mastery of team dynamics portends a bright future for all members of the team." We are so proud of our student athletes and continue to contemplate their futures with excitement...

     

    As we celebrate the first season of crew for our school district, with rowing teams from both Inglemoor High School and Bothell High School, it has been so exciting to see so many athletes out on the water. This is such a great equity move as the college scholarship opportunities for crew are the best in collegiate athletics right now. It is also a lifetime sport that teaches the values of teamwork and timing ;>) Our humble goal is to become the largest public school rowing program in the country and then Nationals, soon to be followed by having Northshore Olympic crew athletes ;>) We are grateful for the partnerships with The Pocock Foundation (of Boys' in the Boat fame) and the City of Kenmore. So exciting!!

     

    As an update on my sojourn through the district, I have now visited 1,102 classrooms this year as of today. It is so great to get out and meet our students and staff. We have also calculated the number of students (currently close to 400 students) I have met with for Breakfast Club and with whom I have discussed their school experience in a focus group setting. There are so many amazing moments that I cherish from my visits. Never doubt that regardless of your role in this work, that you are making a difference. Thank you for all you do each day to support our students and staff. It was great to be with the Lockwood Leopards on Wednesday where among other things I learned about hippos and jaguars and their strong teeth and jaws. I had no idea that a jaguar could bite through a turtle shell and that hippos can't actually swim... I also loved the thoughtful and well planned physical education lesson with third graders that really builds a strong culture of sportsmanship from an early age. Imagine the possibilities...

     

    As we review our May enrollment Chris Brenengen, our Director of Finance, recently prepared a report that shows the actual monthly enrollment (as full-time equivalent, FTE) that was reported at Northshore for the last four years plus this year's current monthly enrollment as of this month in the school year. In addition, the report displays the budgeted annualized average FTE of 21,343 (royal blue line) as well as the updated projected annualized average enrollment of 21,782 (green line) based on a five-year historical average as of October. This is an essential report for us as it tracks our student enrollment to budget and annual projections. This data is important to track as it affects all aspects of our operations including facilities planning, budgeting and all staffing, etc. Looking at this report regularly enables us to monitor and adjust when necessary as the year progresses. Our actual current head count is 22,198 students. Specifically, we have approximately 700 more students this year in a year over year head count. Imagine the possibilities...

     

    As we plan forward for the coming years, I would like to provide guidance as to the observance of religious holidays and how we, in our house, will be responsive to them. Our Diversity and Equity Office has researched the religious traditions and observances, including conversations with leaders in the various traditions. As a result of this research and numerous conversations as well as filtering the comprehensive list through our equity lens, I have directed principals to not schedule school events on four additional holidays for the coming academic year. These are Rosh Hashanah a Jewish holiday observed on Monday 9/10/18, Yom Kippur, a Jewish holiday observed on Wednesday 9/19/18, Diwali, a Hindu holiday observed on Tuesday 11/6/18, and Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan), an Islamic holiday observed on Tuesday 6/4/19. I appreciate the consideration of these dates as we work to support inclusive and equitable practices across this great district. While we as a community might have many different faith experiences, our respectful consideration of one another is an experience we have in common.

     

    And finally, my thoughts turn to a recent thought I pondered; "Belonging is being accepted for you. Fitting in is being accepted for being like everyone else." -- Brene Brown. I wish each of you a fabulous weekend, full of quiet and loud boisterous moments to treasure always as the fond memories of a spring well loved and lived.

     

    Warmest regards,

     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

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  • May 11, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Michelle Reid on 5/11/2018

    Hello Team Northshore,


    What another fantastic Northshore week. There continue to be so many exciting activities going on all across this amazing district. It reminds me to be so grateful for all that we have here and not to take for granted the special experience we have each and every day. It also reminds me to be mindful of so many places in the world today where education is not a basic human right. I am so proud to serve alongside each of you as together, we continue our journey into the future. “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” --- Malala Yousafzai  Indeed, as we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we recognize that our teachers are changing the world, one classroom, one student, one future at a time.  Imagine the possibilities...


    My thoughts are a bit later than usual tonight as I attended the Inglemoor HS drama production of Anything Goes. What a great production showcasing a talented and energetic cast with a phenomenal music ensemble accompanying the show. I must say I continue to be so impressed with the talent and spirit of our students and staff in this amazing district. Last Friday, I had the opportunity to attend Les Miserables, performed equally well by the Woodinville HS drama department, and their own amazing orchestra ensemble support. In both shows, the cast, crew, and staff pulled off very professional performances and continue to wow grateful audiences!!


    In other celebrations this week, we also honor our school nurses. In celebrating National School Nurse Day, we recognize the hard work and dedication of our school nurses as they support our students in so many ways. Thank you so much !!


    Last weekend, we had a great turnout for our opening day of Unified Sports at Pop Keeney Stadium. The athletes were energetic and the crowd of parents, staff and friends equally so. It was a beautiful sunny day with joy abounding. If you did not have a chance to attend, don't miss out on the action in the coming weeks.  


    We are so excited to share great news about our Northshore student photographers. Northshore students Rachel Graham, Chloe Person, Kaia Wise and Itzel Robeldo-Figueroa have their photography entries included in a group of 33 photographs receiving top honors in the 2018 Washington State High School Photography Competition. All 33 photographs will be on public display at the Wallingford Frame Central, 305 NE 45th Street in Seattle, 7-9 p.m., beginning June 7. The traveling exhibition will go on a one-year tour of the state, including exhibits at the Tacoma Art Museum in September and the Seattle Art Museum in December. Overall, 1,513 high school students, representing 66 schools, submitted 3,914 entries. Inglemoor High School placed first scoring 31 points overall and Bothell High School placed 10th scoring 7 points. The Northshore top honorees and participants in the traveling exhibition are below. We remain committed to excellence in the arts. Well done !!

     

    • Abstract—Rachel Graham, Inglemoor High School, first
    • Animal—Kaia Wise, Inglemoor High School, first
    • Abstract—Chloe Person, Inglemoor High School, second
    • Abstract—Chloe Person, Inglemoor High School, third
    • People—Itzel Robeldo-Figueroa, Inglemoor High School, third

     

    Other Northshore finalists:

    • Abstract—Olivia Oomen, Inglemoor High School, fourth
    • Documentary/Photo Essay—Josh Jones, Bothell High School, fourth
    • Abstract—Emma Larson, Bothell High School, fifth
    • Still Life—Chloe Person, Inglemoor High School, fifth
    • Manipulation—Olivia Meyer, Bothell High School, fifth
    • Landscape—Armando Vasquez, Inglemoor High School, sixth


    This year a group of parents, teachers, administrators, a city engineer, a police officer, and community members met once a month to analyze the potential challenges and advantages of allowing elementary students to ride bikes to school and to identify schools where riding could be considered more, or less, safe. The committee researched and reviewed existing policies and procedures from neighboring districts and schools, Washington state laws and regulations regarding the use of bicycles on public roads and walkways, safe walking and riding options to various schools including ingress and egress options on specific sites, and Washington State Department of Transportation recommendations.

     

    The committee was charged with identifying city and county infrastructures that would make riding to school more or less safe, identifying a developmentally appropriate age for students to ride to school, and developing processes that could help families make informed choices about safe routes to schools and ensure students understood the rules of the road. As part of their work they have developed for each school site: 1) A detailed map of their school site that informs students and families of potential risk components within a one-mile radius; 2) An application packet for students and families that provides important information regarding the acceptance of liability, resources for bicycle safety courses and terms of use and storage; and 3) A digital folder of resources that can be uploaded to each school’s website. The folder will contain a broad catalog of resources families can access to learn more about bicycle safety, local resources for training and equipment, articles supporting the committees recommendation, as well as the school map and packet.  Additional information about the committee, and a list of the 17 schools the committee felt were the most safe for bicycling to school, will be posted on our district website soon.  Such a great example of partnerships benefiting our students...

     
    Since my last note out to you, I have had great school visits at both Frank Love and Woodin. There are so many opportunities for our students and so many great conversations. I especially appreciated the persistence with which so many of our young students are attacking their math and learned that 'word problems can be tricky if you don't remember to read them carefully.' ;>)  In visiting with the children, staff and families, I have the opportunity to be reflective about all the time, talent and resources we share with each of our children. It really does take each and every one of you, in all the various roles you have, to guarantee this incredible educational experience for our students. Thank you.

     

    As we approach this season of celebrations and the marking of traditions long held, with proms, end-of-year parties and graduations; it is incumbent on us to remember the importance of inclusiveness and at times extending grace. This season of celebrations can also be a stressful time for those who are struggling to make ends meet or meet assessment and graduation requirements, and who at times feel isolated with their struggles and challenges. Thank you for taking that extra moment to check in on our students and one another... “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word... all of which have the potential to turn a life around." — Leo Buscaglia   

     

    Warmest regards,

     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

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  • May 4, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Michelle Reid on 5/4/2018

    Hello Team Northshore,

     

    What a great week, and my how the days are racing by. It is truer now more than ever that while the days can be long, the years are short. It seems that the more years I have behind me, the shorter the years become ;>) It is such a busy time of the year; I hope we remember to pause and appreciate the beauty around us...

     

    In great news from Doug Hale and Tim Brittell, there have been four ParaPro testing sessions held in Northshore for our ESP (Educational Support Professionals) employees who need to pass the assessment in order to meet the new legislated employment requirements that go into effect on September 1, 2019. Our employees have been very successful thus far, achieving a passing score at a rate of 93%. This is a testament to the quality of our ESP members, and to the power of collaboration between the District and the Association. There are three more testing sessions scheduled, with a fourth one ready to go if there is a need. A retake is also being offered to those staff who need another opportunity with the assessment. Well done!!

     

    On behalf of our elected Board of Directors, I want to share my appreciation for our teachers as next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. I know that our future is safe in their hands as all persons and students of all professions will pass through our teachers' classrooms. Quality, well resourced public education is our best hope for the next generation, and the courage and conviction required by our teaching professionals to meet the education challenges we face go far beyond the classroom. If you have a moment, take the time to reach out and thank a teacher you have had that made a difference in your life or the life of a family member. Thank you for all you do...

     

    In great news from our Transportation Department, our very own NSD School Bus Drivers did an amazing job at the School Bus Safety Competition and we are very proud of how this team represented the Northshore School District. According to Transportation Manager, Connie Noll, the ESD 121 Puget Sound Regional School Bus Safety Competition was held on Saturday, April 28th at Kentlake High School and our district was represented by seven school bus drivers competing in two categories with the following results: Basic Ed Bus Drivers had 26 drivers competing: 2nd place - Tracey Rachuy - Qualified and will compete at the Washington State School Bus Safety Competition on June 24th in Pasco; 10th place - Alex Jacobs (2 months w/NSD) and 3rd place Rookie (1st year driving); and 12th place - Gene Budbill. Special Needs Bus Drivers had 5 teams competing: 1st place team - Shana Wickline and Gail Fox – Qualified and will compete at the Washington State School Bus Safety Competition on June 24th in Pasco; and 4th place team - Diane Norman and Maggie Harvey. We are planning a pep rally to send our drivers off to State and hope that if you have a minute, you will send a congratulatory note to them as well. Well done!!

     

    Along with the Board of Directors, we had a great SIP visit to Leota Middle School this week. These visits are so integral to the comprehensive work we do as a district. In highlighting the work of the school, Principal Audee Gregor highlighted several aspects of the school work this year; "We had a great SIP visit on Tuesday, May 1st. It was an honor to have so many special guests on campus, who we hope were able to get a glimpse of the many great things Leota has to offer. The focus of the visit was based on our two Strategic Action Plan goals. More specifically, the theme for the day was how Leota is working at providing positive interactions with peers and staff (connectedness), as well as creating lifelong learners. All of our work is done through the lens of our Pillars of Respect, Empathy, and Effort." We all noticed the strong feeling of pride as students greeted us as special guests and we certainly enjoyed sharing their classroom experience with them. It is always so energizing to be out in the schools. Go Lions!!

     

    We are excited to announce our first Unified Soccer games here in Northshore! Unified Sports is part of Special Olympics and brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team. Unified Sports allows athletes and partners to develop sports skills, confidence and life skills, access community and develop relationships. Athletes and partners train together and compete together. We are excited that for our first year, we have teams from all four of our high schools coming together to promote inclusion through sports. Our first games are this coming Saturday, May 5th at Pop Keeney Stadium. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. and games will happen between 10 a.m. -12 p.m. If you can't make it this Saturday, we will also have games happening at Pop Keeney on May 12th and 19th. Come and cheer for your favorite high school! You can expect fierce competition, lots of laughter and the chance to see real teamwork. Many thanks to Shannon Hitch, Chris Bigelow, athletic directors and high school coaches as we make so many dreams real...

     

    What a great week to be a young salmon in Northshore ;>) In news from Lockwood, second graders, under the direction of teacher Bryce Wallace recently released a new generation of young salmon into the environment. Teacher Bryce Wallace shared; "Our students were so excited to represent Lockwood Elementary and to share our learning about salmon and the salmon life cycle. We've become fond of these little fish as we've watched them change and grow over the past four months, so sending them out into the real world is a bittersweet experience. We now know about some of the problems that threaten their survival in the urban stream environment, and we're learning more about how we can help to protect salmon and their habitat." Students reported a variety of responses to the question: Why was it important for us to raise salmon here at our school and release them into Swamp Creek? Alexander - "so we could learn about the salmon habitat and salmon life cycle"; Sophie - "so we can learn about them and study them"; Angela - "so the salmon can grow up"; Sam - "I think it's important because they need to go to the ocean and we raised them and took care of them and then sent them out"; Hallie - "so we can learn about them, study them, learn what they eat, figure out what their colors are and help them grow up"; Kaila - "so that more people at our school could understand salmon and we learn about what they need - like I didn't know salmon needed bubbles (oxygen) until now"; Serenity - "so we can learn about them and it's important so that they get a good habitat to live in"; Blake R - "we need to watch them grow up, then we have to let them go free into their new home". Imagine the possibilities...

     

    As an update on my sojourn through the district, I have now visited 1008 classrooms as of today. It is so great to get out and meet our students and staff. There are so many amazing moments that I cherish from my visits. Never doubt that regardless of your role in this work, that you are making a difference! I had a great visit at North Creek HS earlier this week and will join students, staff and parents at Frank Love tomorrow morning. My heart beats strongest when I am in the schools...

     

    In great news, (and keeping with our swimming theme this week;>) Niki Arnold-Smith, Assistant Director for CIA, shared that the Northshore YMCA is proud to partner with the Northshore School District and Northshore Schools Foundation to provide fourth graders at Shelton View, Woodmoor and Moorlands with YMCA Safety Around Water (SAW classes) at no charge to the families. The SAW program consists of a combination of in water and classroom lessons. The in water lessons focus on 3 specific swim safety skills, swim float swim, jump turn grab and treading water. The classroom lessons will be geared toward being safe in and around our local pools and water ways. They offer a mix of games and skills to keep children engaged and learning. Kids with all swimming levels will be able to participate and gain a greater knowledge of water safety. In the 2018-19 school year, we are hoping to continue this partnership and extend the opportunity to more fourth graders throughout the district. Imagine the possibilities...

     

    Finally, keeping in mind the work we are all doing as we lean into the transitions we are all living; “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen." --- Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) Architect Here in our house, We will stay our strategic course; together, all things are possible...

     

    Warmest regards,

     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

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  • April 27, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Michelle Reid on 4/27/2018

    Hello Team Northshore,

     

    What a great spring week!! It finally feels like spring with the energy and enthusiasm that being outdoors brings. I know that as I met with Sorenson parents this morning out on the playground, the weather and spirits were joyful. Our families are so complimentary of all the hard work, passion and dedication that each of our staff members provide to support their children. Know what each of you do matters so much to so many!!

     

    In the spirit of community partnership and collaborative work, and in concert with Strategic Plan Building Block 2: Schools Can't Do It Alone, we were blessed to be part of the Northshore Schools Foundation Breakfast and Lunch events this week. Our student speakers were amazing and the community turnout was impressive. I also want to congratulate Kenmore Elementary School teacher Dana Plant for being named the Innovative Teacher of the Year for her cutting edge work with students. So proud to be NSD Strong!!

     

    We recently had some great media coverage about our amazing Adult Transition Program (ATP) and the results students are achieving as a result of the dedicated staff, community partnerships, and program design. The placement success rate for our students is an astounding 100%. This is truly a great example of 'all meaning all' and sets a high bar for all programs in our district and those around the country ;>) Together, all things are possible...

     

    This week, we hosted a community conversation on the topic of safety and security and had a robust conversation about the current planning and future forward planning the district is doing with regard to safety, security and emergency preparedness. Our School Board, staff and local law enforcement partners shared ideas and responded to queries from those attending. The presentation prepared by our district security and safety department in concert with our communications department illuminated the various aspects of our work together. Many thanks to all involved as well as all those staff members who previously attended the staff safety and security meeting.

     

    In Career and College Readiness News, North Creek High School STEM Instructor Chad Steinbaugh and his program were featured on Q13 which was promoting innovation in Bothell. You can see the entire story and share the excitement of this innovative work connected to Goal 4: Innovative, Creative, Critical Thinkers. Great work Mr. Steinbaugh and NCHS students! Imagine the possibilities...

     

    In keeping with our celebration of Earth Day this past week, I want to share one of my favorite, albeit sobering quotes from our Native American friends; “We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."

     

    I trust you will each find the opportunity to enjoy a fabulous spring weekend outdoors.

     

    Warmest regards,

     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.
    Superintendent

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  • April 20, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Michelle Reid on 4/20/2018

    Hello Team Northshore,

     

    It is so great to be back to school this week !! So many exciting and inspiring events going on all across the district. As we continue through this glorious spring, I love the quote; "Always be on the look out for the presence of wonder." -- E.B. White. We have so many opportunities for experiencing wonder and so much to be grateful for...

     

    During our recent spring break, a group of 26 students and 10 parents/chaperones from North Creek High School visited and toured Cuba. This tour was organized and led by Señor Carlos Lazo, Spanish Teacher at NCHS and coordinated through Cuba Educational Travel (CET). CET is a leader in educational travel to Cuba and works hard to unlock the best of the island country by providing access to top academics, community programs, government organizations, and the culture of everyday Cubans. The groups were divided between six local private homes, all within a block of each other, where they were immersed in the local neighborhoods, the culture and Spanish speaking families. Throughout the week, discussions and presentations were arranged with a Cuban diplomat and educator, a Cuban urban planner, local musicians, artists and the Havana Dance Company. The group participated in tours of local farms, national monuments, Ernest Hemingway's home, many artists studios and homes, museums and the local squares in Old Havana. A couple of highlights of the trip were riding in mid 1950's old and colorful Chevrolet vehicles, (the last American imported car was in 1959 and many of those cars are still running, due to the resourcefulness of the local people of Cuba) and spending an afternoon with Barrio Habana, a non-profit organization that leads a community sports-arts program in Old Havana for children, at-risk youth and elderly people, while also contributing to preserve the heritage of the city. According to chaperone Traci Rogstad, (our very own Director of Capital Projects), "The local youth were able to play games, communicate and even sing a well-known patriotic Cuban song taught by Señor Lazo to his Spanish class, Guantanamera, with our group of students. Some of our NCHS kids donated art supplies, baseballs and even gave up the shoes off their feet to kids without shoes who had been saving their money for shoes. Señor Lazo and his wife Lizette followed by donating their shoes as well. It was truly an opportunity and experience of a lifetime." Imagine the possibilities...

     

    As we review our April enrollment Chris Brenengen, our Director of Finance, recently prepared a report that shows the actual monthly enrollment (as full-time equivalent, FTE) that was reported at Northshore for the last four years plus this year's current monthly enrollment as of this month in the school year. In addition, the report displays the budgeted annualized average FTE of 21,343 (royal blue line) as well as the updated projected annualized average enrollment of 21,782 (green line) based on a five-year historical average as of October. This is an essential report for us as it tracks our student enrollment to budget and annual projections. This data is important to track as it affects all aspects of our operations including facilities planning, budgeting and all staffing, etc. Looking at this report regularly enables us to monitor and adjust when necessary as the year progresses. Our actual current head count is 22,187 students. Specifically, we have approximately 700 more students this year in a year over year head count. Imagine the possibilities...

     

    Celebrating Goal 4: Innovative, Creative, Critical Thinkers I want to share news from Leota Middle School teacher and Future Problem Solvers (FPS) adviser, Matt Bohannan who reports that their inaugural Future Problem Solving team just won the Washington State Bowl, and has qualified to compete at the International Conference (think: World Championships) in Wisconsin in June!!!!! Matt shared; "I am still in shock and awe, full of pride, and almost without words. They worked so hard for this, and came through under immense pressure to win the title. There were 115 teams to start, and only the top 42 qualified to compete at State at all. Of those 42 teams, our students came out on top as newly crowned state champions." Our understanding is that NSD has never participated in FPS before... When asked for further comments, Matt shared, "It can feel like all of the hard work, effort, extra study sessions on the weekends aren't worth it...but that moment when our kids realized that they had just won the state title makes everything worth it. And in that moment of winning, our kids' first response was to reach out and hug the second place team. Without hesitation. We are truly raising great human beings - not just great academics. THESE are the skills I want to invest my time in developing in our students. Kindness embedded in the tenets of collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking... FPS blends all of these skills together." How exciting and you guessed it, imagine the possibilities...

     

    As many of you know, I often have a sense of wonder about those that share this incredible world with us. In just such a tale of wonder, The National Zoo is touting the arrival of Moke, a new baby gorilla, which was born Sunday. According to zoo officials, Calaya, 15, gave birth to Moke (pronounced Mo-KEY) in front of staff at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute at 6:25 p.m. Sunday. Interestingly, baby gorillas only weigh about four pounds ;>) I feel such a sense of wonder at the beauty of timeless natural traditions occurring all around us each and every day.

     

    As I close today, I want to pause and remember our former First Lady Barbara Bush, recognizing her literacy work and several of her thoughts over the years; "Believe in something larger than yourself... get involved in the big ideas of your time.....Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others." I often think of those words and acts, small and large, that those who follow us will remember about us. I trust you will each enjoy a fabulous weekend.

     

    Warmest regards,

     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

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  • April 13, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Michelle Reid on 4/13/2018

    Hello Team Northshore,

     

    What a great spring break week!! I trust many of you are enjoying some time away and hopefully even getting some quality outside time in with friends and family. Because it is spring break, I am limiting my 'thoughts' today in the hope that we can all enjoy the amazing opportunities spring break provides. Sometimes, less is more ;>)

     

    I look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks as we continue our support of students and their journey over the last several months of the school year. It is truly amazing to pause and reflect on all of the transitions we have walked through this past year; the result of careful planning and thoughtful preparation. In many ways, spring is a season that reminds us how wonderful change can be. Together, all things are possible....

     

    Finally, one of my favorite spring thoughts from Charlotte Brontë; "Spring drew on...and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that hope traversed them at night and left each morning brighter traces of her steps."

     

    Enjoy the remainder of this joyful spring break,

     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

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  • April 6, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Michelle Reid on 4/6/2018

    Hello Team Northshore,


    What a great first week of April. I cherish the many opportunities we have to shape our future and nurture the positive energy that transforms our community and world. It is so often the simplest of acts, that when accumulated, support outrageous success. As we remember, we started this year focused on patience and not perfection, so I want to share a thought; “Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in the quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”  — Mary Jean Irion. Thank you for all you each do...  And enjoy these spring days so precious in their glorious colors and new budding life.  


    I want to thank all of those staff members who joined us for a conversation this evening regarding our district's safety and security challenges and our future responses. Thanks to the generous support of our community, we have thirteen million dollars from our capital bond to support security improvements benefiting our students and staff. We heard many ideas, concerns, questions and suggested plans regarding safety and emergency preparedness. These are important topics and ones that we are committed to making progress on in the coming months and years. I understand that not everyone could make the meeting this evening and am pleased to provide another option for you to share your perspective on these important topics. If you have ideas or recommendations that could help improve our Safety and Security planning, please share your ideas using the Safety and Security Input form. Together, all things are possible...


    This past week, we had another Board SIP visit and traveled to Bear Creek Elementary School. These visits are so integral to the comprehensive work we do as a district. In highlighting the work of the school, Principal Stephanie Penrod highlighted several aspects of the school work this year; and noted "Staff and students were excited to share the work we have been doing to create a PAWSitive school culture that encourages students and staff to make learning joyful, rigorous, and attainable for all. Students were eager to share their thinking and strategies as our guests visited their classrooms." We all noticed the strong feeling of pride as we were greeted and we certainly enjoyed sharing our classroom experience with students and staff. We had many fun and instructional moments as we visited classrooms. I even had an opportunity to work on math story problems in a fifth grade class ;>) It is always so energizing to be out in the schools. Go Bobcats !!


    Recently, our Math Olympiad organizer, Greg Wirtala, shared "For the first several months of school 4th and 5th graders from 15 elementary schools around our district, stayed after school or gave up recesses, to work hard and improve their math skills, in preparation for what many believe to be the highlight of the school year. On March 24th more than 400 of these "mathletes" gathered at Ingelmoor High School to compete in the Northshore Elementary Math Olympiad. It was an amazing day. We also thank the Northshore Schools Foundation, and their intrepid director Carmin Dalziel, for their generous and supportive partnership. The morning started off with great anticipation and excitement. In fact most students showed up 45 minutes early, they were so excited. The whole high school reverberated with the voices of kids energized to do MATH! We gathered in the school cafeteria and it was packed to the rafters with students, coaches and parents. After a brief explanation of the rules, the mathletes were then sent off to various rooms, worked together as teams and solved some very difficult math problems. One would think early on a Saturday morning kids would be less than excited to have to do math but that wasn't the case.

     

    Instead, smiles seemed to be the order of the day as our students cooperated with their peers to complete five rounds of tests. Each round's test got progressively more difficult but the excitement never seemed to wane. Thanks to the teachers and parents acting as coaches, these amazing mathematicians were well prepared for the challenge. We also couldn't have monitored the test or scored it without the generous gift of time parents gave to help out. These parents made a very chaotic event run smoothly and helped make the Olympiad the success it was. At the conclusion of the Olympiad we all gathered back in the Inglemoor cafeteria for an award ceremony that nearly blew the roof off! Medals were handed out to all these hard working kids, so they knew how much we appreciated the hard work they had done. Our fourth grade winning team was Team 3 from Woodin Elementary and in an Olympiad first we had three teams, Team 1 and Team 6 from Lockwood, and Team 1 from Eastridge, tie for first in the 5th grade competition. It was an exciting and fulfilling day. Thanks to Northshore Schools Foundation, our coaches, parents and of course our amazing mathletes we were able to put on an event that made a lot of kids excited about doing math. Next year will be even bigger and better."  Well done!!

     

    It is with great excitement that Doreen Milburn has shared that we have received 96 ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) slots for next year! In keeping with our bold new strategic plan, Goal 1: Success in the Early Years: Northshore School District, within 2 years, will have increased access to free preschool for our youngest at-risk eligible students by 62%! Doreen shared, "Thank you all for your dedication to support all our early learners and their families! It take a village." Together, all things are possible...

     

    Look out PGA! In exciting future student athlete leader news, Shelton View 4th grader Taighan Chea, won the Junior Golf 9-year-old division of the Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship at the Augusta Golf Club in Georgia. As I reminisce about my golf skills, I am thinking I would still be on the course to finish ;>)  Maybe I can get lessons ...

     

    And so, as we approach the coming spring break, imagine the possibilities. I wish for each of you a joyful and energizing week.

     

    Warmest regards,

     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

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  • March 30, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Michelle Reid on 3/30/2018

    Hello Team Northshore,

     

    Well, here we are; the last week of March. As I have mentioned earlier, March certainly came in like a lion and is going out like (you guessed it;>) a lamb. And so, here are my thoughts this evening...

     

    As we continue to support a shared understanding of our school safety and security work in the district and consistent with our Strategic Plan Building Block 2: Safe Climate and Strong Relationships with Families and Community, we have planned a community conversation on safety and security scheduled for April 24 from 6-8 at the NPAC. It is an opportunity for us to listen to the thoughts and ideas of our community as we refine our bond planning with regard to safety and security initiatives. Law enforcement officials will join us for this conversation as well as members of our district board of directors.

     

    I would like to share a big congratulations to the Inglemoor High School TSA (Technology Students Association) Club led by advisors Katrina Allemeier, Mike Wierusz, David Allemeier and the North Creek High School TSA Club led by advisor Jeff Stride. Both teams did a fantastic job representing NSD at the State competition this past weekend with over thirty students qualifying for the National competition which will take place June 22-June 26 in Atlanta. Most notably, Mrs. Allemeier received the Washington State TSA Advisor of the Year Award! Mrs. Allemeier was nominated by her students and the WTSA board members reviewed all nominations and chose Mrs. Allemeier to be the recipient of the award.

     

    Damen Schuneman shared an excerpt from the WTSA State conference announcement "The Advisor of the Year award honors advisors for their efforts in leading their chapter and their involvement in Washington TSA. This year, the award goes to an advisor who started a new chapter last year, brought them to State for the first time, not only volunteered as an event coordinator, but volunteered her husband too. After taking students to Nationals in June, they brought home 2 first places, 1 second place, and 1 ninth place. Please join us in congratulating Katrina Allemeier from Inglemoor HS, as the 2018 Washington State TSA Advisor of the year" Well done !!

     

    In news from Bothell High School, I want to pass along congratulations to the Bothell Jazz One who placed 1st in the 4A division in the Northwest Jazz Festival at Mead High School this past weekend. They also won Sweepstakes which is awarded to the overall best band. This has been a very special year for BHS's Jazz One. Their next performance is at Jazz Alley on May 22nd and features the world renowned trumpeter, Sean Jones. I invite you to join me in coming out and enjoying our student musicians perform with such an amazing artist! Imagine the possibilities...

     

    According to recent information from our Office of Career and College Readiness (CCR), Advanced Placement (AP) testing registration has just completed and all schools are preparing to proctor more exams again this year! Testing will commence May 7-18, and May 23-25. According to CCR Director, Damen Schuneman, our district continues to see growth in the number of students registering for AP exams over the past 4 years; below is a glance at the numbers. In recognizing the work of our CCR Department, and as part of our equity and opportunity strategic work, we are expanding opportunities for all NSD students to engage in academically rigorous coursework and supporting student experiences crucial for college and career readiness!

     

    YEAR      # OF EXAMS REGISTERED FOR      # OF STUDENTS TESTING
    2018      2523                                                  1424
    2017      2007                                                  1127
    2016      1808                                                  1032
    2015      1849                                                  1101
    2014      1588                                                  982


    In other events, I had a great visit to Woodinville High School today. The meeting with parents before school was positive and the student Breakfast Club thoughtful and inspiring. Visiting classes was so informative and exhilarating. There are so many amazing activities and learning moments happening each and every day. We are incredibly blessed to have the energy of so many supporting our students each and every day. Among the many interesting lessons I observed was the recitation of Polonius's speech in Shakespeare's Hamlet...

     

    Yet here, Laertes! aboard, aboard, for shame!
    The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail,
    And you are stay'd for. There; my blessing with thee!
    And these few precepts in thy memory
    See thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
    Nor any unproportioned thought his act.
    Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
    Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
    Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel;
    But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
    Of each new-hatch'd, unfledged comrade. Beware
    Of entrance to a quarrel, but being in,
    Bear't that the opposed may beware of thee.
    Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice;
    Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.
    Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
    But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
    For the apparel oft proclaims the man,
    And they in France of the best rank and station
    Are of a most select and generous chief in that.
    Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
    For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
    And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
    This above all: to thine ownself be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.

     

    And so, enjoy this holiday weekend for many and our first foray into April for the year.

     

    Warmest regards,

     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

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  • March 23, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Michelle Reid on 3/23/2018 7:00:00 AM

    Hello Team Northshore,  

    Well, spring has officially arrived !! I for one am certainly celebrating the calmer and warmer weather !! I trust that you will have an opportunity to get outside and feel the sun on your face as the magic of spring unfolds.  As I watch the daffodils in their glory, I am reminded of a favorite poem ...

     

              I wandered lonely as a cloud
              That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
              When all at once I saw a crowd,
              A host, of golden daffodils;
              Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
              Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

              Continuous as the stars that shine
              And twinkle on the milky way,
              They stretched in never-ending line
              Along the margin of a bay:
              Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
              Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

              The waves beside them danced; but they
              Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
              A poet could not but be gay,
              In such a jocund company:
              I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
              What wealth the show to me had brought:

              For oft, when on my couch I lie
              In vacant or in pensive mood,
              They flash upon that inward eye
              Which is the bliss of solitude;
              And then my heart with pleasure fills,
              And dances with the daffodils.     ---   William Wordsworth (1815)

     

    Along with the Board of Directors, we had a great SIP visit to Kenmore Middle School this week. These visits are so integral to the comprehensive work we do as a district. In highlighting the work of the school, Principal Bryan Stutz highlighted several aspects of the school work this year; "I am really proud of our Kenmore Staff and their commitment and passion for educating the whole child.  Like all schools we have things to address and work on, but the KMS ship is truly sailing in right direction for our kids."  We all noticed the strong feeling of pride as students greeted us as special guests and we certainly enjoyed sharing their classroom experience with them. It is always so energizing to be out in the schools. Go Colts!!  

     

    Several parents and staff have reminded me that Wednesday, March 21st was World Down Syndrome Day.  This recognition day is chosen to be on 3/21 because of the 3 copies of the 21st chromosome, making it easy to remember.  It is a day of celebration, acceptance, community, friendship and pride.  I want to share that pausing to celebrate our diversity reminds us of the work we have been doing, and the work we have yet to do in providing an equitable and inclusive educational experience for all of our students.  In our bold new strategic plan, Goal 2: Responsible, Resilient, Empathetic Learners, we state that "equity means each student embracing their own voice, accepting ownership of their own actions and experiences, and honoring the diversity, unique needs and contributions of others."  Having said that, I want to share a video forwarded to me entitled Lea Goes to School which I believe captures this spirit better than I can.  Each and every one of our Northshore students bring unique gifts, hopes, and dreams to their daily journey with us.  I so appreciate all the inspiring work undertaken to support each of our students every day.  Imagine the possibilities...

     

    Today, as one of my half day school visits, I had the opportunity to spend time at Crystal Springs Elementary School. Visiting with students at Breakfast Club in the morning was very informative. Our students are so insightful. Along with Principal May Pelto, her Assistant Principal Mark Robb, and Assistant Superintendent David Wellington, I visited classrooms and continue to be so impressed with the quality of student engagement and staff expertise.  I particularly enjoyed the opinion writing at various levels and will actually be rethinking my passion for chocolate milk ;>)  Further, the metric system  and 'gallon man' were interesting topics.  I think 'gallon man' must be a regional teaching tool as I had never heard of the strategy and all three adults with me this morning remembered it as a key instructional support ;>)   The water cycle concepts continue to be timely and of great interest in science lessons.  I am confident my heart beats strongest when I am in the schools, particularly with the amazing work occurring each and every day here in our amazing district. Go Roadrunners!!

      

    Earlier this week, I had the privilege of visiting Bothell High School where I continue to be so impressed with the quality and quantity of the teaching and learning experiences our students and staff are engaged in.  The composites, robotics, electric car projects, and political debates all were particularly interesting.  I very much enjoyed the science work around creating drug resistant bacteria. I also thoroughly enjoyed my tour of the kitchen and learning more about the nutritious choices we are providing for our increasing number of students.  I am looking forward to Friday evening's performance of Tarzan performed by the ASL 300 class at Bothell High School.  Under the direction of Andy Gault, this production will no doubt be amazing!!  I hope to see you there.

     

    I want to remind you that we are in the process of launching a new school district website with the impetus being a recent Office of Civil Rights (OCR) determination that we needed to update our practices and web content to meet accessibility standards.  The district has contracted with a web vendor, Finalsite, to create a new site that will have a modern, clean look and supports our ability to inform and tell the powerful Northshore story.  The district site, along with a few pilot schools, will launch in June 2018. The rest of the school sites are scheduled to be launched in July 2018. Please contact Lisa Youngblood Hall, communications director, lyoungbloodhall@nsd.org if you have questions.  Imagine the possibilities...

     

    As an update on my sojourn through the district, I have now visited 842 classrooms as of today. It is so great to get out and meet our students and staff. There are so many amazing moments that I cherish from my visits. Never doubt that regardless of your role in this work, that you are making a difference.  Finally, I had another exciting evening this week; reading at the well-attended inaugural Family Literacy Night at Arrowhead Elementary School.  Llama Llama Red Pajama was a great story for an evening read aloud ).  I continue to be so inspired with the pride demonstrated in all aspects of our schools and the time commitment and dedication of all those supporting excellence here in our amazing district.

      

    As our seasons change.....“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”  —  Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

     

    Warmest regards,

     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
    "Strengthening Our Community Through Excellence in Education"

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  • March 16, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Michelle Reid on 3/16/2018

    Hello Team Northshore,


    I want to begin by thanking each and every one of you for your thoughtful response to a very difficult topic this week. As I mentioned in my email Wednesday morning; here in our house, we will remain steadfastly united about how we treat each other and the values we collectively hold dear about keeping one another safe. I appreciate you each being mindful of one another as always, and I am confident that here in our house, we will remain united and extend one another grace during times both difficult  and joyful. It matters...


    What a great week, one of my favorites because of course it includes a significant mathematics holiday. Pi Day (which was 3/14) was celebrated across the district. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and is a constant number, meaning that for all circles of any size, Pi will be the same. It is such a comfort that some things in this amazing and oft changing world stay the same regardless of size. I especially enjoyed my Pi Day tattoo (temporary ;>) provided by BHS staff.  

     

    We are celebrating Education Support Professionals Week this week. I want to extend my deep and heartfelt thanks to all our classified employees who support our students, staff and families. "It always seems impossible until it's done." -- Nelson Mandela. Thank you for doing the impossible each and every day to support the students, staff and families of our great district. Indeed, your excellence inspires our success !! Your dedication and commitment to this important work continues to inspire and nurture the hopes and dreams of our next generation. Thank you.

     


    In great news recently shared with me, please join me in congratulating Skyview's Doug Pumputis for winning the WITEA (Washington Industrial Technology Education Association) Lifetime Achievement (Ken Pattie) Award for 25+ years of service as an outstanding STEM teacher! Doug has over 30 years in the profession and has been an inspirational leader in our district for most of that time, certainly a well-deserved honor. In commenting about the award and this amazing achievement, Doug shared; "The best career move I have made was to work with the Northshore School District. I have been surrounded by professional, inspirational and just plain fun educators and support staff to work with. I consider myself very fortunate to be in such an environment that fosters creativity and concern for individual success and well being." What an inspiring educator; we are a better district for Doug's efforts. I invite you to connect and congratulate Doug on this achievement. It matters.

     


    As we review our March enrollment Chris Brenengen, our Director of Finance, recently prepared a report that shows the actual monthly enrollment (as full-time equivalent, FTE) that was reported at Northshore for the last four years plus this year's current monthly enrollment as of this month in the school year. In addition, the report displays the budgeted annualized average FTE of 21,343 (royal blue line) as well as the updated projected annualized average enrollment of 21,782 (green line) based on a five-year historical average as of October. This is an essential report for us as it tracks our student enrollment to budget and annual projections. This data is important to track as it affects all aspects of our operations including facilities planning, budgeting and all staffing, etc. Looking at this report regularly enables us to monitor and adjust when necessary as the year progresses. Our actual current head count is 22,264 students. Specifically, we have approximately 700 more students this year in a year over year head count. Imagine the possibilities...

     

     

    In recognition of St. Patrick's Day this weekend, I feel compelled to share a Celtic Quote. "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." -- GB Shaw. As I watch the March Madness basketball games, I haven't ruled out taking to the court again ;>)

     

    Enjoy a great March week-end,


    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

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