Hello Team Northshore,
What a wonderful last few weeks of celebration this has been as we recognize so many milestones for each of our students and staff. I continue to be so inspired by the strength and compassion each of you daily demonstrate as we catalyze growth here in Our House; it matters.
Graduation Ceremonies and Translated Programs
One of the highlights of the end of the school year is the time-honored tradition of graduation ceremonies. Over the past two weeks, I’ve had the privilege of watching our graduating students mark the end of an important chapter and witness the anticipation on many faces as they consider the abundant opportunities ahead. The commitment to remaining student-focused was so apparent during the ceremonies with student emcees, student guest speakers, student musicians and singers, and student-selected speakers. I want to thank the teams at each school and program for their hard work in creating unforgettable graduation experiences for your students. I also want to thank the families and supporters who helped each student reach this milestone. Of course, I want to thank each and every student for their dedication to education and for leaving Northshore better than they found it. My expectation is that they go out and make an even greater positive impact on our world. We need each and every one of them. You can watch the ceremonies and find translated graduation programs at this link.
Inglemoor High School’s Director of Choirs Ailisa Newhall is a quarterfinalist for the 2023 Grammy for Music Educator Award
Here’s a way to end the school year in a big way. Inglemoor High School’s Director of Choirs Ailisa Newhall was nominated and is a quarterfinalist for the 2023 Grammy for Music Educator Award in music education. Ailisa is one of 207 music educators from 180 cities. The award is “a partnership between the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum. Ailisa was nominated from more than 1,500 submissions. According to the award website, “The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators — kindergarten through college, public and private schools — who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.” Congratulations Ailisa and thank you for all you do to bring music education to our students’ lives! You can read more here. Go Vikings!!
Woodmoor Elementary School 5th Grade Students Perform at Mariners Game
On another ‘note’, I want to congratulate Woodmoor’s 5th grade choir students who performed the Star-Spangled Banner at yesterday’s Mariners game. LaTisha Joseph, current Woodmoor Dean of Students and Admin Intern, proudly shared that the performance was the culmination of a successful music enrichment opportunity offered by Megan Cummings, one of Woodmoor’s music educators. Go Dolphins!
As we head into the beginning of summer, I want to acknowledge Monday’s holiday, Juneteenth. This is an annual observance that commemorates the ending of chattel slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, enslaved African Americans were freed in the state of Texas. This was the last state to adhere to the Proclamation, and a local Freedom Day celebration the next year has since turned into an annual day of observance in 47 states and the District of Columbia. It has yet to be recognized as a national holiday, but it is recognized in the state of Washington. Today, Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom, independence, advancements, and culture; yet we must also recognize that although there have been many strides forward, the deep struggle for Black liberation remains. The Northshore School District values each member of our community and is committed to building a better now and a better future, together. I encourage you to learn more about Juneteenth, including resources for teaching about this day, at the following links:
Thank you to our Food & Nutrition Services team for their work preparing for summer meals this year. Lunches are available at no charge to children 18 years of age and younger, and children do not need to be enrolled in Northshore to participate. Adult meals are available to purchase. Meals must be consumed on site and will be served Monday through Friday from June 21-Aug. 19 (excluding July 4 and July 5) from 12-12:30 p.m. at Northshore Middle School.
Inglemoor Student Pinyu Liao placed 2nd in International Science and Engineering Fair
When we hear about student successes, it is always a good reminder that all careers come through our doors and we, as educators, can have a profound impact on a student’s life and future. One such student is Inglemoor junior Pinyu Liao. Her mother shared that Pinyu placed 2nd in ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) in the category of Microbiology. Pinyu was also admitted to the very prestigious Research Science Institute summer program at MIT and Pinyu is the only student from Washington state to be admitted. She also shared her gratitude, “I am very thankful for all the support from NSD and Inglemoor high school staff and teachers that helped her growth, not only in research and academics, but also in her personal development.” You can read more about Pinyu’s accomplishment at this link.
Capital Projects Updates
Summer is an opportunity for our Support Services Department to address multiple types of building needs, including Capital Projects updates funded by the voter-approved 2018 Capital Bond. This summer, several schools will receive track, field, and court upgrades to the benefit of our students and community as a whole. At Woodinville High School, the track surface will be replaced with a new rubberized surface. At Skyview Middle School, all 4 tennis courts will be renovated, including court resurfacing and new fencing. Both Lockwood and Woodmoor elementary schools will each have one sand playfield replaced with synthetic turf to improve the field drainage, meaning fewer clogged drains and puddles. In addition, at Woodmoor Elementary, a fully accessible playground will be installed. All of these projects are on track, pending permitting and supply chain issues. These improvements will provide safer surfaces for outdoor play and learning. Access to the Woodmoor swimming pool by the public will be open, otherwise public access to the schools will be closed during the construction projects.
Finally, as this is the final Thursday Thoughts of my tenure here in this amazing district, I want to take a moment and thank each of you for the warm welcome to the Northshore family and the many experiences we have shared over the past six years. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity and consider it my honor to have walked alongside each of you, as together, we worked to strengthen our community through excellence in education. I am looking forward to the journey ahead of us and I invite you to join me in continuing to imagine the possibilities…
All the best and take good care,
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.