Well, it has been another fabulous Northshore week! I love that we started with the heat reminiscent of summer days to come, and then finished up with the soothing and nurturing spring rain that supports calming steady growth. As May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I am thoughtful about one of my favorite big ideas in working through the challenges/opportunities I occasionally find in front of me; “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” -- Lao Tzu. I am so proud to walk this journey step by step with each of you…
C.P. & Dorothy Johnson Humanitarian Award
I encourage you to tune in online and watch our virtual C.P. & Dorothy Johnson Humanitarian Award ceremony at 6 p.m. this evening, or the recording following the live event. During the event, sixty-eight Northshore students who exemplify humanitarianism will be recognized! The award was established in honor of two educators who dedicated their lives to improving the lives of all children in our community. Learn more about the award on our District website, where you will also be able to tune in to the event. The ceremony will be streamed on YouTube too. The 68 student recipients who will be honored were selected based on three criteria:
- Acceptance: Students who promote the value and celebration of their peers’ strengths, abilities and identities.
- Community: Students who demonstrate the ability to promote and foster collaboration toward a common goal, fairness, freedom of expression and effective communication within a group.
- Advocacy: Students who support the needs of and encourage equitable opportunities and resources for their peers.
Recipients of the C.P. & Dorothy Johnson Humanitarian Award demonstrate value and dignity of others, treat others with respect and promote the common good. I look forward to honoring each of these students! Imagine the possibilities…
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
This month is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a tribute to and celebration of the cultures, histories, contributions, and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the country. The tribute takes place this month, in part, as an acknowledgement of the oppressions and contributions that many people of Asian descent have experienced in the U.S. Two significant historical notes: In May of 1843, the first Japanese peoples immigrated to the U.S., and in May of 1869, the transcontinental railroad was completed, which involved the labor of many Chinese immigrants. May we, in our house, continue to learn about and amplify our diverse histories, cultures, and heritage. Please see the following resources: teacher lessons, classroom resources, and films and documentaries. This is a time, as it is always the time, to spread awareness and gain knowledge about the stories of these communities nation-wide and continue to learn about, value, and appreciate our own diverse Northshore community. In our house, we celebrate the differences between and among us and respect every individual who is a part of it. There are so many powerful stories to be told…I look forward to learning more…
In a Northshore Inspires moment, Northshore Middle School English Teacher, Nici Hollingshead, shared that NMS student, Amy Zhao, has recently completed her newest book which came out in March. This is the first in her series of books that she has planned. Ms. Hollingshead reports that she has ordered the book and will read it as soon as it arrives before she donates it to the NMS library and shared, “What a great student and human.” Wow, imagine the possibilities…
In a Northshore Innovates moment, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the Inglemoor HS Band playing the Viking Fight Song while virtually coming together. Even with the challenges of our current situation, I am thrilled that our musicians were able to ‘come together’ and create an inspiring rendition of the school fight song. We remain a strong and connected community.
As a reminder, we have a number of important dates to keep in mind as we approach the coming month. These include opportunities to acknowledge and celebrate the many accomplishments and milestones of our students and staff. Virtual graduations will be held for each of our comprehensive high schools, as well as for Northshore Networks and Secondary Academy for Success. Each school will communicate specific plans with their seniors. While our Adult Transition Program graduates won’t have a formal virtual ceremony, they will be celebrated in other creative ways.
- Northshore Networks virtual graduation will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 11
- Secondary Academy for Success’ virtual ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 11
- Bothell High School’s virtual graduation ceremony will take place from 3:30 – 5 p.m. on Monday, June 15 and North Creek High School’s virtual ceremony will follow from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
- On Tuesday, June 16, Woodinville High School will hold their virtual graduation ceremony from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. and Inglemoor High School’s ceremony will follow from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
- Last day for students is Friday, June 19.
Westhill Principal, Dana Whitehurst shared a fabulous Northshore family story, reminding us of the power of connection even in these seemingly disconnected times. The story highlights an amazing project involving three NSD students. Principal Whitehurst shared; “Georgia Morrison is a 4th grade student at Westhill. In music, Mrs. Kirby assigned the students to re-write a song making a COVID-19 parody. Georgia re-wrote the words to a Maroon 5 song. So after singing it, Stryder Morrison, a junior at Bothell HS, helped her record it. Then, we sent it to Cade Morrison, a 2018 Bothell HS graduate and recent Seattle Film Institute graduate down in LA, who did the video for Georgia. Interestingly, their parents, John and Mandy Morrison also graduated from Bothell HS as did Mandy’s grandmother.” Now that is a family story for sure. Imagine the possibilities…
OSPI School Re-Opening Task Force
As I have been frequently asked, I want you to know that we are looking at a variety of scenarios as we think forward. OSPI has convened a large committee (120 members representing a broad scope of stakeholder groups) to plan the reopening of schools. This OSPI School Re-Opening Task Force is looking at a continuum of reopening options and plans to provide guidance in the coming months. We are looking forward to hearing more from the OSPI Task Force so that we can share statewide plans for moving forward soon. In the meantime, I would like to share information that I am reading and reviewing as I contemplate our next safe, healthy and best possible educational steps for each student, staff and family member. As I come across more articles I find compelling, I will share them as well each week. Please feel free to send me any articles or ideas you might have as the more information we can review and reflect on, the better; together, all things are possible.
As we think about all that is around us, and all that is within us, and all that we both influence and are influenced by, I am mindful of the poet Daniel Ladinsky who shared; “Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.” And I think, let’s get out and share in this amazing miracle of spring with all its gifts yet to be realized…
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.