Thursday Thoughts: Arts Education Month, National Merit Scholarship Winners and More

As we close out the month of May, I want to share how inspired I continue to be with the work each of you are doing each and every day, in acts both large and small.  I continue to hear positive feedback from students, parents and our community about you and your heroic efforts to bring our Northshore quality educational experience to each of our students.  I know this is a challenging time and I recognize that change is at its core --- simply hard.  I so appreciate you and your passion, dedication and commitment to shaping the future while keeping us safe and healthy in the present; it matters.  “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” ― Maya Angelou

Arts Education Month

As we celebrate Arts Education Month in our state, I’ve been so inspired by the arts education that has continued to take place across our great district. Last month, students and staff participated in Northshore Speaks, an event that encouraged expression through spoken word. Be sure to take time to enjoy watching our very talented performers. Our Art Docent Program also remains an important experience during distance learning. Thanks to Natalie Campbell in our Communications Department, the Northshore Schools Foundation, Seattle Art Museum and the countless docents, coordinators, trainers and teachers, we are able to offer updated art docent education resources online so our students can benefit from the program even through the summer. Finally, in a Northshore Inspires moment, I have to share how inspired I was by Bothell High School Choir Teacher Taylor Iverson and the Bothell High Jazz Choir. In fact, they made my day when I listened to their amazing virtual choir project. Really, it is outstanding!  Such a great example of our Northshore spirit !!

Thank you to Ms. Iverson, and all of our educators, staff and volunteers who keep arts education at the forefront for all of our students. More than ever, now is the time to appreciate the importance of the arts.  If you’d like to share a story of a staff member, volunteer or student who has inspired you by their work, project or anything they’ve done in response to COVID-19,  Send videos, photos or just the story to the Communications department. Each week, I will share examples of our amazing Northshore family as we sustain our connectedness as a community. Together, all things are possible.

National Merit Scholarship Winners

I am excited to recognize two North Creek High School seniors, Deepthi Chandra and Chandni Rajasekaran, who were named National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. You can read more on our district website.  Imagine the possibilities…

WSPTA Reflections Awards

I want to congratulate our Northshore students who are recipients of this year’s WSPTA Reflections awards. More than 300,000 students Pre-K through grade 12 created original works of art connected to this year’s theme: “Look Within.” A number of Northshore students placed well at the state level and Timbercrest sixth grader Anthony Schmidt placed at the National PTA Reflections competition. Learn more and view a few pieces of their artwork. Imagine the possibilities…


As I am contemplating planning forward in these challenging times, it is important to connect with each of you to share my current thinking, and provide you the opportunity to share your ideas, questions, feedback and concerns.  Each of our Northshore staff family member and their thinking matters, and I believe these conversations are important. In the coming days, staff members in all employee groups should expect to receive an invitation from their representatives to join me in a virtual forum. I hope you will be able to take the opportunity to visit with me as we contemplate the past few months and your hopes, concerns, questions and ideas about our future work together as we join together to reflect and collectively plan.  Together, let’s imagine the possibilities…

And so, as I think forward, and resolutely remain in the light, I am intrigued by the following; “An optimist isn't necessarily a blithe, slightly sappy whistler in the dark of our time. To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places - and there are so many - where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us energy to act, and to at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.” - Howard Zinn   Let’s continue -- here in Our House -- to be magnificent. 

Warmest regards,

Michelle Reid, Ed.D.



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