Thursday Thoughts: Graduation, Pride Community Panel, STEM Afterschool Academy and More

Hello Team Northshore, 

As we approach the last days of school for students on June 17, I want you to know how much I appreciate you and the work you do each day to strengthen our community through excellence in education with all the different roles you have in the district. This has been quite a year and your presence in and out of the classroom has been vital to each student’s experience.  Thank you.

Graduation

This week has been quite a busy one in Northshore. On Tuesday, graduates in our Adults Transitioning to Independence Program were celebrated for their accomplishments. We are so proud of our students in this program for all they have accomplished and all they have yet to accomplish. This evening, I am so thrilled to have participated in the Northshore Networks and up next, the Secondary Academy for Success graduations. What an inspiring evening! Next week is sure to be even busier with graduations for our four comprehensive high schools. The community can view all graduations online. Also, as we continue our work toward an equitable experience for students and families, our Communications team is leading the effort to provide online translations of the printed program. Tonight’s graduations attendees and viewers are the first to experience this new feature, which will continue for graduations going forward. The rest will be available for the respective graduation dates. 

Pride Community Panel

Also next week, we will hold a virtual Pride Community Panel. The Northshore School District is committed to creating a safe, caring, and respectful environment for all students, families, and staff. During the month of June, the District celebrates and recognizes Pride to honor the historical and current organizing movements for LGBTQIA2S+ liberation, recognize the global impact that the LGBTQIA2S+ community has had, and advocate for actionable steps to affirm and amplify the voices of our own LGBTQIA2S+ community. To celebrate and spread awareness about this important month, the Racial and Educational Justice Department is facilitating a virtual Pride Community Panel with Northshore students, educators, and community members on Thursday, June 16, from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Please copy and paste the following link into your browser to access the panel: https://nsd.zoom.us/j/87985677929  Happy Pride! 

STEM Afterschool Academy

Kenmore Elementary School combined efforts with Boeing to bring a STEM afterschool academy to elementary students this past month. Teacher Trulie Honegger applied and was accepted for a special program through Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS). The focus of the program was for fourth and fifth grade students to engage in problem solving, planning, and engineering. With the support of Boeing volunteers and Science Olympiad students from Bothell High School, Kenmore Cubs engaged in afterschool learning for four weeks. The end results were students simulating a rocket launch and completing tasks with their rovers on different planets. Partnerships and opportunities such as these make a difference in students’ education. A special thank you to our Bothell Cougars who served as role models and engaged students in conversations about science!  So excited to keep imagining the possibilities…

Kenmore Elementary Book Fair

Also at Kenmore Elementary, the school's PTA recently hosted its annual book fair, which is its effort to provide all students with free books to read during the summer. Students chose from all kinds of books—tables were set with classics, chapter books, graphic novels, and picture books, among others. The team recognizes the need to provide high-interest books, especially for reluctant readers, and the importance of reading during summer break. I myself am looking forward to finding some time to read this summer ;>)

Battle of the Books

In keeping with books and reading theme, congratulations to all of the book warriors who participated in Northshore’s second annual Battle of the Books at the high school level. Five teams were tested on their knowledge of ten novels (the Evergreen Teen Book Award Nominees for 2021-22) in three increasingly challenging rounds. The race was very close, with only one point determining the winning teams. Please join us in congratulating the top-scoring teams: 

In third place, Innovation Lab’s “Spine Crackers”: Michael Braude, Qianna Dudsic, Abigail Krick, Hiya Meyta, and Sam Simmons. In second place, North Creek’s “Overbooked”: Prathi Arun, Saanika Fadia, Sophia Kawamura, and Megan Watts.  Special congratulations to our first place winners, Innovation Lab’s “Book Spren”: Joy Jung, Victoria Tchervenski, Rain Waggoner, and Kaden Wheeler. We are so proud of how hard all our participants worked throughout the year and how beautifully they represented their schools. This event was planned by Northshore’s secondary librarians to promote literacy, foster a love of reading, and to provide low-pressure opportunities for discussion, teamwork, and community building within and between schools across the district. 

National Merit Scholarships

Congratulations also goes to Bothell High School senior Nathan Hendrickson and Inglemoor High School senior Katie Li for receiving National Merit Scholarships this spring. Both of these exceptional students plan to study computer science in the future, with Nathan studying at the University of Texas at Dallas and Li studying at Brown University. As National Merit Scholarship recipients, Hendrickson and Li were selected from a pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Additional scholarship winners from the Finalists will be announced in July. Nicely done! 

Inglemoor High School Girls' Rowing Team is Going to Nationals

Good luck to the Inglemoor High School Girls Four with Coxswain team at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships in Florida. The team participated in time trials today that qualified them for the semifinals tomorrow, June 10. They also appeared this morning on KING 5 Morning News. I am so proud of the hard work and dedication put in by these students. It’s hard to believe this program just launched in 2018, and we already have students competing at such a high level. We will continue to imagine the possibilities … Go Vikings! 

Student-Athletes

As other spring sports wrap up this year, I am excited to congratulate several student-athletes for their successes on the court, track, field, and in their academic accomplishments. From Bothell High School, three track and field student-athletes won state championships: junior Haedyn Bambolo in shot put, sophomore Logan Powell in discus and javelin, and senior Luka Vincic in shot put. At Inglemoor High School, in addition to our girls rowing team winning at Regionals, seniors Alyssa Chinn and Karen Lu won the girls doubles tennis state championship. At Woodinville High School, both the baseball varsity team of 19 students and the fastpitch softball JV and varsity team of 26 students won the 4A Academic State Championships. In track and field at the state meet, the 4x400-meter team of seniors Kya Villanueva, Will Ruff, Trevor Koch, and Gabe Kary placed 3rd, Gabe Kary placed 6th in both the 1600 meter and 800 meter, and Trevor Koch placed 8th in the 400 meter. Congratulations! 

Please enjoy these last days of a truly special year. Savor each moment and especially amidst the turbulent excitement that accompanies every end of the year, find those small joyful moments and be thankful for all that we have and all that we will yet experience as the result of our good work. The days are long, but the years are short...

Warmest regards,

Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

 

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