Thursday Thoughts: Pi Day, Classified Employees Appreciation Week, Woodinville High School Robotics Team and More

What a great week in Northshore! On Tuesday, we celebrated International Women’s Day. This is such an important opportunity to remember the contributions of women around the world and the impact of opportunity.  In thinking about those who inspire change, and the importance education plays in this, I am reminded of the courageous leadership demonstrated in recent years by Malala Yousafzai;  “I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. … We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”  We remember and remain confident that together, all things are possible…

Pi Day

Next week is one of my favorite weeks because of course it includes a significant mathematics holiday. Pi Day, which is 3/14, will be celebrated across Northshore. Pi (π) is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and is a constant number, meaning that for all circles of any size, Pi will be the same. It is such a comfort that some things in this amazing and oft-changing world stay the same regardless of size. This is just a heads up that I am planning on really enjoying pie. ;>)

Classified Employees Appreciation Week

We are also taking this week to celebrate Classified Employees Appreciation Week. The week celebrates and honors our intrepid support staff who are dedicated to serving our students, families, schools, and district. I am so appreciative of all of our classified staff who provide critical services that keep our district running smoothly, especially during the past two years. We certainly could not provide an excellent Northshore education without you! Thank you for all you do!!

Interns at Northshore

In other great news, Human Resources Department Assistant Director Jon Young reports that, even during a pandemic, we continue to receive requests for placements for internships in our schools. This is a testament to the fantastic teachers in Northshore. Our university partners report the opportunity to student teach in Northshore is a top choice for their students. This year, we have supported 106 pre-service teachers, and the number continues to rise. These interns joined Northshore from 11 different university programs.  Of the pre-service teachers who have, or are currently completing their internships with Northshore, 21 are current District employees serving in other positions as they seek their teaching certification. We are proud to support our staff in their desire to enter the teaching profession. I am grateful for the countless staff who have served as mentors to our future teachers.  Imagine the possibilities…  

Northshore's Chinese Language Program

As a reminder, Northshore's Chinese Language Program is ready to welcome a new class of first graders in September 2022!  Incoming first graders who have demonstrated proficiency in the English and Language Arts (ELA) during their Kindergarten year are eligible for the Chinese Language Program. If you would like your student to be considered for the program, please complete the Chinese Language Program Interest Form.  The interest form must be submitted no later than Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Forms received after March 16 will be processed on a space-available basis. For more information about the program, including a "Frequently Asked Questions" , please visit the Chinese Language Program webpage and watch a recording of the Information Night session held last week.  

Career and College Readiness  

In this week’s Career and College Readiness Department news, the department was awarded the Expanding Computer Science for Elementary Educators Grant from the Professional Educators Standards Board. This $5,000 grant for the 2021-22 school year will assist in our efforts to introduce computer science programs at the elementary school level. The grant is designed to help educators learn more about computer science and how to teach computer science to their students. Career and College Readiness Director Damen Schuneman says, “We are really excited for our students and educators to begin introducing computer science topics to our youngest learners while expanding on our already comprehensive computer science pathway from grades 6-12.”  Please look for more details on this grant program in the near future. The Career and College Readiness department in partnership with Washington Network for Innovative Careers (WANIC) Skills Center has launched the 2022-23 course registration. All program registration information is posted on the webpage.  

Woodinville High School Robotics Team

The Woodinville High School Robotics team will take on the world on April 20 in Houston, Texas as they compete in the 2021-2022 FIRST Tech Challenge World Championships! The team will be among 160 teams qualified to compete. To get to this point, the team of Daryoush Washburn, Nick Sykes, Andrew Brooke, Kai Tom, Mason Stuart, and Yousef Tirhi spent thousands of hours of development and testing to be able to compete at such a high level. While competing in the finals matches the team was able to pair with another team from Texas to capture the world record of 363 points! The duo put four matches in the top 10 world scores as well. Robotics Coach Tim Swartz says, “This season has been exhausting, yet so worth it with the team taking home many awards and nominations ranging from engineering to programming and community outreach. It has been five years in the making to get to this point, and we are thrilled to have all our hard work pay off.” The team’s lead programmer, Daryoush Washburn says persistence paid off, “I’ve been working my whole high school career for this moment, and it finally came!” We look forward to this amazing opportunity to represent our school and district when competing at this event.  Go Falcons !!

Capital Projects Bond  

With the passage of the 2022 Capital Projects Bond, the team in Support Services is preparing for a significant number of projects. Unlike past bonds where there were a few large projects, like North Creek High School and Ruby Bridges Elementary, the 2022 bond includes smaller projects that touch many more of our schools and programs. With this comes the need for consulting firms that provide architectural, engineering, and other professional services. The District has put out a Request for Qualifications notification to create a consultant services roster, and while it may not seem glamorous, it is the first critical step needed to begin planning for projects that are going to directly impact the student learning taking place in our schools. Imagine the Possibilities…  

Bothell High School's Jazz Band 1 

In last week’s Thursday Thoughts, I mentioned Bothell High School’s Jazz Band 1, which was selected to compete at a prestigious jazz festival in the spring in New York. This morning on Northshore News, I had an opportunity to talk with Bothell High School Director of Bands Phil Dean and members of Jazz Band 1before they gave us a live performance. I was so excited to learn that these students’ love for music has been nurtured in Northshore since 5th grade. While a competitive jazz ensemble may not be for everyone, the ability to explore music during the school day is a vital part of every child’s education. The band’s success and this access for every student is another example of the importance of this community’s funding through the Educational Programs and Operations Levy, which helps fund the performing arts.  Go Cougars !!

Masks Optional

Finally, as we move toward a new phase of our COVID response when masks become optional, let’s remember we are better together. What will continue to be important is how each of us responds as a member of One Northshore. Even with all of our unique needs as well as diverse viewpoints and beliefs, we can come together and come out of this pandemic stronger and more unified than ever. Today, I was reminded of one of the most moving flash mob videos that I’ve seen. Musicians from Sabadell, Spain came together as one to perform “Ode to Joy” and inspire a beautiful response from the crowd of singers and observers. I invite you to take a few moments to watch the video and take in the strength of each note as the group of musicians and singers grew.  Together, all things are possible…

All the best and take good care,

Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
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