I trust everyone successfully navigated our annual Spring forward this past weekend, and your internal clocks are adjusting well. Since the U.S. Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act this week, I’ve been thinking about the potential impacts to our world and our district should the legislation pass the House and get signed into law. There are a lot of opinions on this topic.
2022-23 School Year Calendar
In districtwide news, I am excited to share that the 2022-23 school year calendar is now available. In the coming weeks, we will also have the 2022-23 Religious and Cultural Calendar from our Racial and Educational Justice Department. Once you have this information, please use this information to help with your planning for the year ahead. Our thanks to the staff who collaborated to finalize this work.
Student Justice Conference
High school students in Northshore have just a few more days to submit their permission packet to attend our Student Justice Conference, which is taking place on Friday, March 25 at Cascadia College. The purpose of the conference is to build space for high school students to celebrate their intersectional identities, build community and collaborate with their peers and across schools, grow their knowledge and understandings about various forms of justice, meet and work with educators and community partners, and learn more about various higher education opportunities. If you know a student who would be interested in attending, please encourage them to look into it soon, as permission packets are due Monday, March 21. Learn more about the conference.
North Creek High School
Last Tuesday, I sat down for a Parent/Guardian Meet and Greet at North Creek High School before meeting with an insightful group of students and then touring classrooms. It is always good to hear parents and guardians discuss their students’ experiences and learn how we can further enhance what is already working. Our student group was deeply reflective on a number of issues. One was removing the stigma around mental health and having open informative discussions. As we continue our work as a district community, we want to be sure we are supporting everyone in their mental health journey. We are planning a districtwide mental health event to take place in the coming weeks and will communicate details soon. I want to thank each and every Jaguar student for participating in such an important conversation; together all things are possible. I also continue to be so impressed with the incredible work happening in each classroom, led by our incredible Jaguar staff providing robust learning opportunities in a wide variety of content areas and topics.
Kenmore Elementary School
Last Friday, I visited with Kenmore Elementary parents and guardians before chatting with a group of students and visiting classrooms. As you might imagine, my schedule is often filled with the business side of supporting this amazing district. However, it is when I am in the schools among students, staff, and families that I am able to see that work and the work of all our staff come off the page in the classrooms and throughout the school campuses. These conversations in the schools also help us see our work and our future through different lenses. I want to thank our Kenmore Cubs community, including Principal George-Shapiro and Assistant Principal Cano for being so welcoming; it matters.
Kenmore Elementary Support for Ukrainian Families
I also want to note some of the community-building work coming out of Kenmore Elementary. Assistant Principal Cano reports that students have been learning about the word community since September. They know community as "a group of people working together" or "people who help others," and they have identified that their classes are small communities. Last week, kindergarten students and families made donations to support Ukrainian families in need of help. On Friday, teachers had collected on their behalf clothes, food, medical supplies, toys, and crafts to fill 70 boxes! Boxes will be shipped in the coming week to refugee camps in Poland to share with families. Thank you, Kenmore families, for your warmth and care while teaching our kindergarteners the meaning of community. Imagine the possibilities…
On Tuesday, I stopped in to visit with the Fernwood Elementary Panther community. I first met with parents and guardians who were eager to discuss a number of topics, including the timing of the bond projects scheduled for Fernwood (schedule coming from Capital Projects soon) and bus transportation. They also had great things to say about Principal Eicher and Assistant Principal Morton, and staff. I then visited with our young Panthers who had such insightful feedback on the strong sense of community that exists at Fernwood. During my classroom visits, it was inspiring to see 4th graders in EAP classes grasping Algebraic concepts. What really fed my fun side was my visit to the kindergarten classrooms just hours after the mischievous leprechaun had visited, leaving turned-over chairs and a lot of excited young Panthers. So much fun!
Woodinville high School Girls Basketball Wins State Championship
In other school news, we have one more athletic accomplishment from winter sports to boast about this week. Last weekend at the Tacoma Dome, the Woodinville High School girls basketball team made history when they clinched the WIAA 4A State Championship title with their 65-63 win over Sumner. The Falcons girls, coached by Coach Bullock, and Assistant Coaches Sam Moscatel, Ryan Wilkerson, and Melissa Benton brought home the first-ever girls basketball 4A State Championship in Woodinville’s history. You can read more about this win for the books here. It was a fun night to enjoy basketball for sure. Congratulations, Falcons!
Northshore Students Heading to Nationals
In more inspiring news about our Northshore students, 3 will represent our great district at Nationals for Reflections. This year, students were invited to create an original work of art reflecting the theme, “I Will Change the World by…” I am told by the Northshore Council PTSA there were 267 entries from 28 schools. After judging, 59 students moved forward to the state competition. You can find the names of the 11 students representing Northshore at the National level and view the entire 2021-22 Reflections Art Showcase here. Congratulations to all of our student participants, and thank you to our Northshore Council PTSA
Bothell High School Science Olympiad
A big CONGRATULATIONS to the Varsity Bothell High Science Olympiad team for winning the 2022 Northwest Regional Science Olympiad! The team, advised by Sheila Guard, moves on to the Washington State finals set to take place in a virtual setting from April 2 to 9. The state champion will earn a bid to compete at the National tournament hosted by CalTech in May. The junior varsity team also had a strong showing, earning 5th place overall. Cougar competitors earned top scores in 21 events. You can find a photo of varsity and JV competitors here. Go Cougars !!
Holi is the festival of colors and is celebrated to mark the arrival of Spring. Bonfires are lit the night before to rid negative energy. On this day, it is common for Hindus to sprinkle colors and wish one another happiness, peace, and friendship. Then, people share sweets and feast together. I would like to wish all Northshore students, families, staff, and community members who celebrate a happy Holi!
Wishing you all a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.