Thursday Thoughts: Scholarship Foundation of Northshore, Lessening our Carbon Footprint and More

Scholarship Foundation of Northshore

Wow, what another great Northshore week!! So many amazing events and so little time ;>) Among these was the Scholarship Foundation of Northshore events this week. This event marked the 36th Annual Scholarship Recognition Breakfast and was extremely well attended (virtually). Seniors from all five high schools were honored and their staff, families and community donors couldn't have been more proud!!  Overall, since 1984, there have been 2,184 scholarships valued at $3.6 million that have been awarded by the Scholarship Foundation of Northshore.  This year, 77 scholarships were awarded totally $263,500.  This included 52 new scholarships and 25 renewing scholarships.  We are so blessed to have such robust community partnerships and in keeping with Strategic Plan Building Block 2, we know that schools can't do it alone. "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller  Thank you to all involved; it matters.  

Northshore Inspires and Innovates

In celebrating a Northshore Inspires and Innovates moment, we would like to recognize our entire Northshore Early Childhood Team for collaboratively creating a remote learning platform to serve Early Childhood students during these unprecedented times.  Their work has served as a model for the Experimental Education Unit at the University of Washington, PSESD, other districts and states.  In my professional life, I have never witnessed a team come together, so united, with purpose and intent, to create and implement a remote learning platform to support 3-5 year olds and their families. With a focus on equity and child centered decision making, the teams have created robust learning opportunities for our district's youngest learners. The Early Childhood staff, led by Director Doreen Milburn, continue to inspire me and I am so proud of their commitment to making a positive impact on our students and their families!  Definitely an example of our Northshore spirit and commitment to our strategic plan Goal 1: Success in the Early Years; imagine the possibilities…

Northshore Inspires

In a Northshore Inspires moment, I want to share congratulations to Northshore’s middle and high school students who competed virtually in the 2020 Washington state National History Day Contest. The final results were shared during a virtual awards ceremony on May 2. Students who placed first or second will advance to the National Contest, which will be held virtually in June. Students were also recognized through special awards, given by the event sponsors. Students chose a historical topic related to this year’s theme: Breaking Barriers in History. Once their topic was selected they conducted primary and secondary research to analyze and draw a conclusion about the significance of their chosen topic. They presented their work at the state competition in one of five ways: a paper, exhibit, performance, documentary or website. Five hundred eighty-nine students participated, 333 entries were submitted and 74 schools were represented at the state event. Students were judged on three main criteria: historical accuracy, relation to the theme and clarity of presentation. Students were also required to follow the rules requirements for each category such as word counts and time restrictions.  Such great work!!

In a show of heart, and a Northshore Inspires production, Kenmore Elementary Principal Melissa Riley, recently shared a message of hope and support for students and families from the teachers and staff of Kenmore Elementary.  For context, Principal Riley shared; “at the beginning of the year, our music teachers Jeanne Sandusky and Dan Oie taught the kids this song, Count on Me, by Bruno Mars. We used it in our monthly student recognition assemblies for kids to sing along in the fall. When we were brainstorming as a staff how we could keep kids connected to school and show school spirit, singing this song back to them became an idea that spread across the staff. Staff, including me..., garnered up the courage to sing or lip sync this song and other amazingly talented staff, with the help of their partners, spent a couple weeks putting the vocals together in one audio clip to add to a compilation of all of the videos. The result is the gift we sent to kids last week.”  Another fabulous example of our Northshore heart and spirit !!  Imagine the possibilities…    

Lessening our Carbon Footprint

As our district continues to keep a focused commitment on lessening our carbon footprint, Chief Operations Officer, Dr. Joe Paperman recently reported that the Northshore School District applied for, and in January 2020 was selected to receive, a school bus replacement grant from the Washington Department of Ecology to purchase three electric buses. This grant is part of the "VW" settlement and is focused on reducing air pollution from transportation in Washington State. Last year, the district successfully obtaining a grant for six propane school buses from the settlement fund and those buses are currently being used to deliver meals. The grant for this year will cover the difference in cost between an electric bus and a regular diesel bus. Electric buses cost nearly $400,000, while diesel buses cost about $150,000. Northshore applied for and was approved for three electric buses. The grant also allows up to $50,000 per bus for installing infrastructure required for charging stations. These new buses will produce zero emissions, compared to diesel buses which on average emit 23 tons of greenhouse gases per bus per year. Additionally, the electric buses will decrease fuel and maintenance costs for the District. Imagine the possibilities…

National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

I am excited to share that May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month! The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition encourages everyone to get moving, but remember to continue to practice social distancing while you're being active.  On their web-site, they have identified countless ways to get moving, and many of them can be done while you stay at home. This year, they are teaming up with the Move Your Way campaign to help encourage all Americans to get active at home. I am thrilled to welcome our very own Skyview MS physical education teacher, Bret Geller, to our tomorrow morning news and notes live for our community.  Bret will be sharing what our PE teachers are doing to engage students in this time of distance learning and how students are being encouraged to engage their families as well in fitness challenges.  I also understand there has been some cooking going on and I am looking forward to the ‘power ball’ recipe to be revealed in the morning ;>) Further, Bret will explore why it is so important for everyone, including our students, educators and families to remain active during this time.  Check out the National Physical Fitness & Sports Month blog for additional information, resources, and social media content to inspire people to get active by themselves or at home with their families.

Finally, as we approach our upcoming holiday weekend, please take a moment and pause to remember all those who Memorial Day commemorates and all that it means to so many families in this great country. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy.  As we gather with family and friends in safe and healthy ways, we cherish our many blessings and regardless of our challenges, we know that together anything is possible.

Warmest regards,

Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

 

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