Well, it is the first week of March and it certainly has brought robust challenges and innovative possibilities our way. I continue to treasure the opportunities we have to grow and learn together. It has also been a week to be thoughtfully reflective as difficult decisions have been in front of us. I appreciate your patience and grace as we traverse this dynamic new terrain. “Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities—always see them, for they’re always there.” -Norman Vincent Peale
I appreciate that you continued planning and preparing to transition from the classroom to the cloud, to move teaching and learning beyond the four walls of the classroom for all of our students. It is inspiring to be part of the continued conversations and work to develop our skills for providing instruction to our students within an online environment. I also know that many of you worked with students today to make sure they are acquainted with the online platform(s) they will be using and that students are equipped with a device and Wi-Fi to engage in virtual learning. This Northshore Learns webpage provides classroom to cloud information and instructions for students, parents/guardians, and educators. I saw a number of pictures of home learning spaces ;>) and look forward to what the future brings…
In other news, it was announced Tuesday evening that Northshore Networks is finally getting a permanent home. Coming this fall Networks will be moving their campus from the Northshore district office to the more spacious Bear Creek Elementary. This move will allow for the continued growth, in both programing and the number of students we are serving, that we have been experiencing in the last few years. With more classrooms available, a gym, trails, and covered area, Networks will be able to address so many needs of our families and students. Additionally, we will now be able to align all math offerings, so families and students won't have to attend school five days a week. We are also able to add more electives and subject specific options like Forensics and Finance. We are so excited about this move. For additional information, visit our Networks website and see the proposed schedule for next fall classes. Imagine the possibilities…
High School Athletics
I want to provide a High School Athletics update this evening. Two primary goals of the District in this evolving crisis are to maximize the safety of students, staff, and the community while minimizing the impacts on them. To meet these goals, the transition from Classroom to Cloud is designed among other things, to minimize the need for large groups to congregate inside. Luckily, spring sports is primarily an outside endeavor. According to Deputy Superintendent Duggan Harman, the District is allowing spring sports to continue with practices and expect to move into competitions starting next week. To minimize risk, locker rooms will not be opened and players are expected to meet at the practice location. Players should not attend practice if they are ill. Once teams move to competitions, players and coaches will be screened with a temporal thermometer prior to boarding buses for away competitions. Anyone with a result over the approved threshold will not be allowed to travel or compete. This measure is not designed to make a medical diagnosis, nor is it foolproof, but is a reasonable practice in service to the two goals listed above. This health crisis is evolving quickly and guidance needs to be equally dynamic. Please stay alert for changes as conditions warrant.
Middle School Athletics
I want to provide a Middle School Athletics update as well. Due to a variety of complicating factors at the middle school level, middle school athletics will be cancelled for the duration of the up to 14 day Classroom to Cloud event. This cancellation is effective starting Friday, March 6. We will continue to monitor the data and recommendations and adjust as necessary.
Innovation Lab High School
As I pen my thoughts this evening, I want to remind you about the progress that we are making in the planning and development of the new Innovation Lab High School slated to open in the fall of 2020 as an opportunity to accommodate our burgeoning high school student enrollment growth. At Innovation Lab, students will explore their passions while identifying their adult purpose. Innovation Lab is a place where students and teachers alike will investigate new ways to engage in critical thinking, collaborate around interdisciplinary projects and share their learning with others. Innovation Lab High School students and teachers will co-construct learning as students prepare for success in career, college, and life. Enrollment for this high school program is limited and applications are currently being accepted. Planning Principal Peter Schurke has been extremely busy hosting parent and student information nights and supporting conversations leading to the bustling student and staff culture upcoming this fall. Imagine the possibilities…
I want to close by sharing how grateful I am to each and every one of you as we have navigate this challenging situation together. Further, I want to remind each of us that here in Our House, we care for one another and support one another. We have community members who are even now anxious about exposure risks and awaiting diagnosis either for themselves or a family member. Let us not forget to both act with precaution and be careful with our own health. Let’s also remember to be gentle with one another. We will continue to have challenges in front of us, and I know we can meet these challenges; together, all things are possible. We are Northshore !!
“Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly; but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway.” – Mary Kay Ash
So, let’s do this…
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.