Thursday Thoughts: Veterans Day, WHS Slowpitch Team, Nick of Time and More

I want to start my notes this evening with a 'thank you for your service' to all Northshore School District staff who are veterans and have served this amazing country. Secondly, I would like to thank those Northshore staff who are family members of veterans as I understand the sacrifice this entails.

I want to take a moment to share how impressed I continue to be with our students and their leadership on important topics. Having recently attended several concerts and Veterans Day assemblies, I know that we can all be proud of the leadership, integrity, and vision of our young people. I am so impressed with the talent in this great district and have been so moved by the performances and heartfelt sentiments shared by our young people. The respect and appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform is so important. We owe them such a debt of gratitude for so many things both large and small. I know these events require a great deal of effort and attention to detail on the part of so many staff in our schools. It matters. It also reminds us of the importance our fine and performing arts play in the story of our great nation. It is the music that touches our souls in a manner that words alone cannot. Our community and nation are in good hands.  Thank you one and all...

Board of Distinction

Please join me in celebrating our Board of Directors. For the third year in a row, our very own NSD School Board has been selected by the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) statewide conference as a '2019 Board of Distinction'. They are one of only twelve large school district boards to be honored statewide. This award captures the quality of the Board’s decision making and the resultant tie to positive outcomes for all students.  Definitely a Northshore Inspires moment !!  When you have the opportunity, please congratulate Board President Sandy Hayes, Board Vice-President David Cogan, Director Amy Cast, Director Bob Swain, and Director Jacqueline McGourty. We are so blessed and thankful to have such hard working and dedicated board members as part of the team supporting our students and community. Imagine the possibilities...

WHS Slowpitch Softball

Woodinville Softball team

In exciting athletic news, Woodinville High School's Slowpitch team had a fantastic inaugural year going 19-0 throughout the regular season and the District Tournament. The school, staff, and parents were extremely supportive of the team throughout the season and as they made their way to State. The team played well together and demonstrated strong teamwork characteristics. To be able to have the opportunity to have a slowpitch team and get girls out on the field who have never played a sport before was such a great experience. Like WHS, we are all very proud of the 14 student athletes for making it to State and competing for a championship title in their first year as a team. According to WHS Staff member, Kim Benedict; “All the girls enjoyed being part of such a program that was started this year and we can't wait to continue to grow the program in the following years.” So inspiring!!

Northshore Networks Visit

This past week, we had our third Board SIP visit and traveled to the Northshore Networks Program. These visits are so integral to the comprehensive work we do as a district. In highlighting the work of the school, Principal Donna Tyo and her staff highlighted several aspects of the school work this year:  She shared; “The goal of the presentation was to provide first-hand experience to show how Networks is addressing the district goals of innovation, closing the achievement gap and increasing engagement.  The programs were developed with the whole student in mind.  Activities and classes from MS to HS provide support academically in Focus Learning and study lab classes, along with mindfulness and SEL teaching, and building relationships and community.”  Another quote that summed up the day was "what an amazing group of staff having such a huge impact on some of our most at risk students".  This work is part of the strategic work we have been doing as a school district these past several years and enables our students to find serious success.  West Region Assistant Superintendent, David Wellington observed: "I was so impressed with the Network teachers, who took such an active and enthusiastic role in the creation and presentation of this informative program.  Their compassion for the kids they serve, their passion for the subject matter, and their creativity in developing such rich learning opportunities was evident, compelling, and a pleasure to observe."  We all noticed the feeling of pride and accomplishment the students demonstrated whether they were in classroom settings or working with their mentors one on one.  Imagine the possibilities…

Record-Breaking Nick of Time Screenings

six students getting their blood pressure checked by health professionals

In coordination with the Nick of Time Foundation, Bothell High School screened a record-breaking 567 young people! Participants learned about sudden cardiac arrest, were trained in bystander “hands-only” CPR  and AED machines, and received ECG youth heart screenings. Nick of Time Executive Director Darla Varrenti says she will use Bothell "as the gold standard for organizing all the kids and making sure they got signed up to participate." A special thanks to Nancy Murray, ASB students, and the football team for the hours it took to help set up and break down the equipment to transform the gym. "It was awesome to see the community volunteers reassuring our students and connecting with them. Many kids left with peace of mind and a handful will receive follow-up care.  I was so proud to be a part of this event," shared Assistant Principal, Elizabeth Cano. Definitely a Northshore Inspires day in our community!

Vision and Hearing Screening

In another Northshore Inspires segment, Health and Nursing Services Supervisor Rebecca Cavanaugh recently shared; "A big shout out to the amazing Health Screening Team led by Shelly Sehmel, RN, a district substitute nurse. They screened 10,403  students in K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th grade for vision and hearing. Also, 384 preschoolers were screened for vision. The team worked smoothly and efficiently with the help of school nurses, volunteers, office staff and teachers. Each year the Health Screening Team helps to identify students with vision and/or hearing issues that might impact their learning." Wow, that is amazing and so mission critical!  Well done!

Crystal Springs Visit

As an update on my sojourn through the district, I have now visited 117 classrooms this year as of today. It is so great to get out and meet our students, staff and families. There are so many amazing moments that I cherish from my visits. Never doubt that regardless of your role in this work, that you are making a difference! I must share a special moment I recently had visiting with students over breakfast at Crystal Springs Elementary. The students had an opportunity to provide me with some advice to help me with the big job I work to perform as superintendent.  They shared the very clear advice that I needed to relax more and take time to play outside so that I could think more clearly  ;>)  I continue to be so impressed with the ability of our students and the amazing support and leadership they receive from each of you.  I also love the advice and insights I glean from my visits ;>)

Veterans Day

Finally, as this weekend we will celebrate Veterans Day, I would ask each of you to pause sometime during that day to think about and thank those who have served our country so valiantly, and remember the many sacrifices made on our behalf. It is so true that we are free because of the brave. And from a former Commander in Chief, let's remember "We are of course a nation of differences. Those differences don’t make us weak. They’re the source of our strength." -- Jimmy Carter

Warmest regards,
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.



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