Thursday Thoughts: East Ridge Elementary Visit, Volunteer Appreciation Week, Racial and Educational Justice and More

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...

East Ridge Elementary Visit

Today, I headed over to the east side of this great district to visit with parents, guardians, students, and staff at East Ridge Elementary. Our parents and guardians left me with a couple of assignments that will have an impact on the student and community experience. I then chatted with a group of students who provided me with advice on other ways we can use our technology to help them plan every day. My morning with the East Ridge Suns ended with a tour through the classrooms to see exemplary teaching and learning in progress. Many have heard me say that these visits, especially with the students, make my heart beat stronger. It’s true. Thank you, Principal Sarah White and the East Ridge staff for creating such a strong teaching and learning experience for each and every student; it matters!  I am looking forward to my visit at Arrowhead Elementary tomorrow ;>)

Volunteer Appreciation Week

This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week - and we are so grateful for the many volunteers - nearly 5,000 - who are able to serve our Northshore community in a variety of ways. Volunteers include both parents and community members - and sometimes students. We are a stronger and better school district because of our volunteers' dedication. With more school activities restarting, we are thrilled to see a rise in the number of volunteers. I want to share how thankful we are for each and every one of these outstanding individuals. This morning, I was honored to have just a few of our volunteers on Northshore News to talk about their work and the benefits of volunteering. You can view today’s segment here.

Racial and Educational Justice

On Wednesday, Racial and Educational Justice Department Assistant Director Ayva Thomas and Specialist Ranna Harb returned to the University of Washington Bothell where they both earned their undergraduate and graduate degrees. They spoke on a panel with UW Bothell Professor Dr. Min Tang titled Partnering for Impact: IAS-Community Collaborations. The discussion covered the ongoing community partnership between the Northshore School District and UW Bothell's Community Based Learning and Research Program. Ayva and Ranna worked with UW Bothell students in Dr. Tang's class to develop proposals for media education workshops that were then presented at the Student Justice Conference on March 25.

National History Day Teacher of the Year Nominee

Bothell High School social studies teacher Kim Matthews was recently recognized as one of two nominees from Washington state for the National History Day Teacher of the Year award. Matthews shared that “receiving this recognition means a great deal to me because the nomination comes from my colleagues across the state of Washington,” Matthews said. “I am so fortunate to be in the company of the best teachers in Washington state, and this recognition is a true honor.” According to the non-profit National History Day organization, every nominee for the $10,000 award is a teacher who demonstrates a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through the innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest. All nominees will receive $500 as a result of their nominations. Learn more about what National History Day means to Matthews. We are so proud of you – congratulations!  Go Cougars !!

Bothell High School Spring Musical

It's that time of year again when we see our amazing theater performers take the stage for their spring performances. Bothell High School shared that their spring musical, Little Women, begins with performances tomorrow and Saturday and will continue with performances next Thursday through Saturday. You can find more information at this link.  I’m looking forward to attending and enjoying our talented students’ work.  Go Cougars !!

New Design for Food and Nutrition Services Apparel

Breaking news! Our Food and Nutrition Services has just announced the student-created design that will be featured on its staff apparel moving forward. Congratulations to Kenmore Middle School 8th-grader Leena Narancic for designing the new Food and Nutrition Services logo! Leena said that she was excited and surprised to be selected. She shared with us that she wanted something to represent healthy eating while also being clean and professional-looking. “Leena’s design was striking,” said Food & Nutrition Services Director Juliana Fisher. “It was clear she put a lot of thought and effort into making a simple but impactful logo for us. All of the submissions were excellent, making the selection process difficult.” Juliana said the selection team agreed that Leena’s design will be a great representation of student art, and the department’s staff will wear it proudly. Congratulations to Leena and thank you to the department for organizing this creative opportunity to bring student voice into their work!


Yesterday was the 23rd anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. I want to take a moment to remember everyone who was lost in that horrific event and everyone who lost someone. Many years later, the pain from Columbine and so many other school shootings still runs deep. Earlier this week, I met with a group of moms, aunts, grandmothers, and friends who have experienced the loss of a child in their lives due to gun violence. Their goal is simple: To educate the community about gun-related deaths among children and youth, and to encourage everyone to be part of the solution by keeping guns safely locked up. I encourage you to go to the King County Lock-it-Up webpage to learn more about this issue. Together, all things are possible.

Earth Day

Finally, tomorrow is Earth Day. I invite our amazing staff to share the activities that they might have planned for their students to help them understand the importance of good stewardship of our planet. You are never too young or too old to play a role in leaving this earth in better condition for our children, grandchildren, and beyond! Learn more by visiting .  “All we have to do is to wake up and change.” —Greta Thunberg

Warmest regards,

Michelle Reid, Ed.D.



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