Thursday Thoughts: School Visits, CP & Dorothy Humanitarian Awards, Student Summit, and More

I don’t know about you, but it sure seems like time is racing toward the end of the school year. We all have so much we want to accomplish before that day comes. Please remember to be good to yourselves and stay healthy. We're almost there!

Hollywood Hill Elementary Visit

Last Friday, I traveled to Hollywood Hill Elementary to visit with parents and guardians as well as students. I so appreciate the opportunity to connect with parents to hear about the positive things happening in their school and dialogue about the needs they might have. I also treasure the conversations with students and the opportunity to visit classrooms and appreciated sharing insights and observations with Principal Amber Pacquer. At Hollywood Hill, the outdoor learning that I witnessed was also inspiring. Way to go, Hollywood Hill Stars! 

Innovation Lab High School Visit

On Tuesday, I visited Innovation Lab High School. I first met with a small, but mighty group of parents who are eager to contribute time and talent to seeing the Raven community continue to grow, connect and innovate. I then met with students who had ideas on a number of topics, including districtwide inclusion in extracurriculars, mental health, and simple ways to connect with each other. A big thank you to Principal Peter Schurke and the Raven community for a very insightful visit. The future of Innovation Lab High School is bright! 

CP & Dorothy Humanitarian Awards

Tonight, we celebrated the 74 students receiving the 2022 C.P. & Dorothy Johnson Humanitarian Awards from across our district, and our community was invited to join by watching the livestream. The award was established in honor of two educators who dedicated their lives to improving the educational experience and lives of all children in our community. These students exemplify the criteria for the selections: community, acceptance, and advocacy. I am so proud of our students and enjoyed honoring them this evening.  I want to thank all of the educators who nominated these young humanitarians and our families and community who nurture these traits and qualities in our students; it matters. 

Student Summit

Today, my Student Board held its annual Student Summit. Approximately 100 high school students from every Northshore high school and program were in attendance. The topics and discussions were led by Student Board members and the conversation was rich and challenging. Groups discussed mental health, special accommodations, inclusive recognitions and other ways they would like to be supported. This engagement is important for all of us because it is student voice that should be centered and student voice that will help lead us to a successful future. I want to thank the School Board members who stopped in at different times so they could hear what was on students’ minds. I especially want to thank my Student Board that put in a tremendous amount of time and energy this year to help us all be more successful in providing the optimum educational experience for each and every student; together all things are possible. 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

May 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. This is a time, as it is always the time, to spread awareness and gain knowledge about the stories of these communities nationwide 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 each and every individual who is a part of it. This morning on Northshore News, I had an opportunity to talk with Racial and Educational Justice Assistant Director Ayva Thomas, Woodinville High School junior, Amelie Fry, and a parent volunteer who contributes countless hours to Northshore, Jamie Fry. You can watch the segment here

AAPI Heritage Month Community Panel  

As we recognize Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Racial and Educational Justice Department has planned a virtual AAPI Heritage Month Community Panel on Tuesday, May 31 from 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Panelists will include Northshore students and staff. Please copy and paste the following link into your web browser to access the panel: https://nsd.zoom.us/j/85385403555 

Inglemoor Vikings Qualify for National Championships

Earlier this week, I received exciting news about our crew program. On Sunday, our Inglemoor Vikings girls qualified for the national championships in the U17 Women’s Four Coxswain event. Coach Doug van Gelder said the team made a great showing despite having limited water time this year and going up against teams that had superior equipment and longer history in the sport. He added that the spirit and sportsmanship of team members really stood out. Nationals will take place June 9-12 in Sarasota, FL. I want to thank Coaches Doug van Gelder and Alex Weatbrook for their dedication to opening up this athletic opportunity for our students. Go Vikings! 

2022 International Baccalaureate Exams

Last week marked the completion of the 2022 International Baccalaureate exam season. In the month of May, the Inglemoor IB Coordinators, librarians, teachers, administrators, and volunteer parents proctored 1,259 IB exams to 228 students in 25 different subjects. Inglemoor teachers also administered 641 Internal Assessments and supervised 85 Extended Essays. Scores will be released by the International Baccalaureate Organization on July 6. The Inglemoor IB community will recognize the work of its 85 diploma candidates and 21 Certificate of Merit candidates this evening. Dr. Ilona Zbirun Nockes, Lieutenant at the United States Naval Corps and Inglemoor IB alumni from the Class of 2006 is providing the keynote address. Congratulations to all these students for their remarkable accomplishments! 

SafeVisitor Roll Out 

At a time when building safety is on everyone’s minds, I am thankful to share that our district is continually making improvements and investing in safety measures through the generous support of our voter-approved 2018 Capital Bond. One example of this work is the recent completion of the SafeVisitor pilot in six of our schools and the decision to roll it out districtwide. SafeVisitor is a web-based program to streamline and improve security. It combines our background check process for volunteers with our check-in process for both visitors and volunteers in our buildings. When a guest arrives in the main office, the staff can provide the guest with an expiring visitor sticker that includes the person’s name and photo printed immediately in the office. For volunteers, the staff can also confirm all necessary requirements have been met. Thank you for your attention to this topic as we work to keep our Northshore community safe; together all things are possible. 

Opening Day for Cricket 

Opening day for cricket is June 1 at North Creek High School - and will begin with coaching sessions. Many of our students will learn about the game for the first time. The tournaments will begin on June 2 and will include a number of evenings through June 13. Currently, we will be using fields at both Skyview Middle School and Leota Middle School - and we may add one more school. We are so excited to launch this sport here in Northshore. If you'd like to come out and watch, we will have a schedule on the District website later today. I can’t wait !!

Friday, May 27 is a Full Day of School

I want to remind you that Friday, May 27, is a full day of school. It had been set aside for a snow day, but as you'll remember, we had to use it for...inclement weather, so we'll see our Northshore students in classrooms for a full day tomorrow. 

Memorial Day

Also, we know it is a tradition for families and friends to gather over the Memorial Day weekend. Please remember COVID is still very present. Practice safety precautions and help our students and staff finish the year strong and healthy. 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 gather with family and friends, we cherish our many blessings and regardless of our challenges, we know that together anything is possible....

Warmest regards,  

Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
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