Thursday Thoughts: Teaching and Learning at Wellington, Racial and Educational Justice Committee, Homecoming and More

What an amazing week we have had !! As September winds to an end, it is hard to believe that October is right around the corner. My late maman used to say the days are long but the years are short; as the years roll on, I find this to be more and more true.

Teaching and Learning at Wellington

On Wednesday morning, I returned to Wellington Elementary to be a part of Wolverine teaching and learning in action. I was so impressed with the inclusive practices that are being implemented in many classrooms. We know learning happens best in community and interventions can take place inside the general education classroom where all students can benefit from one another. I also saw creative community building, movement and exercise, deep dives into math and reading, confidence-building in music and some good old fashioned fun out on the playground during recess (I enjoyed a great game of 4-square ;>). You can dive deeper into the Wellington Elementary teaching and learning environment by watching my conversation with Principal Brian Matthias on this morning’s Northshore News.  So exciting to continue imagining the possibilities…

Racial and Educational Justice Committee

Wednesday evening, I had the opportunity to share introductory remarks at this year’s District Racial and Educational Justice Committee inaugural meeting.  I continue to be so inspired by the passion and conviction this committee brings to the focused work of creating a safe, caring, and inclusive environment within our school district community so that all students, families and staff feel welcomed, valued and supported by recognizing and advocating for the racial, ethnic, cultural, disability/ability, economic and religious diversity in our district. It remains essential for each of our students and staff members to be seen, to be heard, and to feel affirmed.  For all of us to be successful, each of us must be successful.  Imagine the possibilities…

Homecoming

It’s that time of year again when our high schools celebrate Homecoming. Woodinville High School hosted their first-ever outdoor Homecoming dance last Saturday evening with the theme “A Night Under the Stars” (as it turns out in this case, it literally was ;>)!! This concluded a week of activities including dress-up days, lunchtime activities, a virtual/live assembly, and “whiteout” fashion for the football game prior to the finale – the dance. What an amazing and celebratory turnout it was of students, staff, alumni, parents, and community members! Woodinville Assistant Principal Brenda Conrad said the staff was thankful for all who came out to support this first, “The realities of our limitations right now with COVID ignited our students’ creativity to produce the most amazing experience for our Falcons. The evening was truly magical for 1,110 guests as the parking lot was transformed into a twinkling outdoor venue of glamour as they played games, ate, and danced the night away.” Woodinville’s student leadership teams are being asked to engage in critical thinking, collaborate, innovate, and develop inclusive student experiences that highlight the Falcon school spirit and culture. One Falcon, One Family.  I look forward to hearing about our other high school events. As many of you know, I enjoy hearing about the innovation and creativity in our schools that is bringing such joy to the student experience; together all things are possible.

Suicide Prevention

On this final day of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, I want to remind every member of our Northshore community to take advantage of these resources. I encourage you to review this information and act on the helpful suggestions that can save lives. I also recommend printing the documents and placing them on an easy to find area in your household. If you are concerned about a student, please reach out to your school counseling team for help or use the resources listed below: Crisis supports are also available if your student is concerned for themselves or others. Teen Link can be reached daily from 6-10 PM at 1-866-833-6546; the following resources are for anyone and can be reached 24/7 365 days a year: Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 / Worried about someone on social media? Support on Social Media - Lifeline; the 24-hr Crisis Line:1-866-427-4747; and the Crisis Text Line can be reached via SMS 24/7— simply text “HEAL” to 741-741.  Together, we can keep our community safe and save lives. 

Disability History Month

In 2008, the Washington state legislature passed a law declaring October as Disability History Month. Until now, schools have created their own approaches to honor the month. One Out of Five was designed by the Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombudsman (OEO) in partnership with two local educators, Adina Rosenberg and Sarah Arvey, as a guide for schools to address Disability History Month. The title of this project is One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride because 1 out of 5 people in the United States has a disability, and this resource is designed to celebrate the history and identities within this large and diverse community.

Northshore Concert Hall

The Northshore Concert Hall project located at Inglemoor High School continues to remain on schedule for completion in December. In September, permanent power was connected to the new building, which allowed all mechanical systems to be connected as intended. These systems will continue to be tested for functionality over the next few months for a variety of details including, ensuring all lights turn on and auto sensing works appropriately as occupants enter a room. Also during the month, the two-story glassy entry was finished and the team is preparing to install the entrance’s wood ceiling. Outside the building, Inglemoor High School’s tennis courts have been surfaced and striped. The team is waiting for the fencing for the perimeter of the courts to arrive. New parking islands and curbs were also installed for parking on the north side of the building, as well as more sidewalks around the perimeter of the building to improve safety and circulation on campus. This project was made possible thanks to the generous support of Northshore voters, who approved the 2018 bond. Continue to follow the progress of this project and others by visiting www.nsd.org/buildingforthefuture

In this fall football season, I am reminded of one of our late great coaches and his thoughts, " Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." -- Vince Lombardi  We here in Northshore, have a great team and will continue to realize great results. Together, all things are possible...

Warmest regards,

Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
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