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.
Career and College Readiness Department
Recently, the Career and College Readiness Department held its annual Fall Kick Off. While the event is typically held at the district office with hosted appetizers and dinner from the Northshore Culinary Arts program, this year the program was held virtually and still well attended. Career and College Readiness Director Damen Schuneman presented a variety of topics ranging from the review of the 2021-22 school year CTE Programs and growth projections to newly adopted CTE Graduation Pathways. The entire presentation is now posted on the Career and College webpage.
National School Psychology Week
This week is National School Psychology Week meaning it is time for our Northshore community to celebrate our school psychologists for their dedication to student wellbeing, development, and their educational experience. Our psychologists play a vital role in our district and I am grateful for their commitment to this important work and for their resilience throughout this pandemic. Northshore is certainly better because of our amazing psychologists!
Identifying and Addressing Youth Anxiety Presentation
The mental and physical wellbeing of our students and staff is a priority shared across our great district. The Northshore Council PTSA is deeply committed to providing mental health programming to support our students. Next week, the Council’s Mental Health Committee is hosting a presentation by Dr. Kendra Read of Seattle Children's Hospital on "Identifying and Addressing Youth Anxiety." The talk is free and being held via Zoom on Wednesday, Nov. 17 1:00 p.m. Registration is required and it is first come first serve until we reach our limit of 100 participants. The presentation will also be recorded and released so that anyone may view at a later date. I encourage you to learn more here and share this opportunity broadly. The talk is free and being held via Zoom on Wednesday, November 17th @ 1pm. Registration is required and it is first come first serve until they reach their limit of 100 participants. The presentation will also be recorded and released so that anyone may view at a later date.
Woodinville High School Softball Team Named WIAA Academic State Champs
I want to congratulate the Woodinville High School Lady Falcons Slowpitch Softball team. They were named WIAA Academic State Champs for the fall 2021-22 sports season, with the highest grade point average in Slowpitch Softball at 3.810! Principal Criscione shared, “The WHS Slowpitch team embodied the term student-athlete as evidenced by earning the Academic State Championship, being KingCo Champions, and earning a trip to the State Championship Competition. They are a remarkable group of young women both on and off the field.” Head Coach Kim Benedict said, “The coaching staff is honored to coach such a dedicated group of athletes who put academics first. As we have told the girls since day one, school always comes first, so if they need to stay late after school or miss practice to get caught up on schoolwork we understand. We are so proud of this group of girls and their commitment to both school and the Slowpitch organization at WHS.” Well done Falcons !!
Northshore Schools Foundation
Community partnerships are vital to our work. The Northshore Schools Foundations is the one philanthropic organization that specifically works across the entire district to enhance and inspire learning for every Northshore student, remove barriers to education, and build skills for life. For more than 25 years the Foundation has been strategic in its work so it does not duplicate the support provided by PTAs or booster clubs. Instead, it complements it. The organization is led by the very capable Executive Director Carmin Dalziel and depends on contributions from small businesses, parents, community groups, retired and current NSD staff, and restaurants who all come together to sustain this important work. Learning happens best in community, and we’re grateful to work in close partnership with the Northshore Schools Foundation. To learn more, visit www.NorthshoreSchoolsFoundation.org.
Crew is one of Northshore’s many extracurricular activities that nurtures the whole child and contributes to both mental and physical health. It also teaches leadership, team-building, and perseverance. I want to recognize the Inglemoor Vikings Women’s Crew team for all they accomplished. In a recent message from Coach Doug Van Gelder to the team, it was clear that the team accomplished the unexpected time after time thanks to their dedication, “Looking back on the year, I am immensely proud of this women’s team. You exceeded my expectations. For the most part I knew I had a consistent group each day with your schedules when it came to practice. Whether there were AP classes, drama, driver’s-ed, or something else, I knew that the women were going to show up on the days they didn’t have conflicts.” Crew continues to be a fabulous athletic endeavor with numerous student athletes scoring scholarships (Gonzaga, Sacramento State, University of Washington, Portland State, Kansas State, and West Point, etc.) as a result of their disciplined efforts. Well done, Vikings!
In February 2022, Northshore will again ask voters to renew the District’s technology levy, renew the educational programs and operations levy and approve the capital projects bond. These measures will continue to contribute to the success of each student in the District through numerous ways such as special education services beyond what is funded by the State, professional development for staff on ever changing technology, and modernizing buildings that provide a warm, healthy, safe and dry place for students to learn. A number of us will be meeting with PTAs and community groups throughout Northshore over the next few months to share information about the ballot measures and why they are important to the Northshore education experience. I encourage you to visit our Bond and Levies webpage to learn more. Imagine the possibilities…
Transgender Day of Remembrance
I want to remind us that on Nov. 20, 2021, Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed. This day honors the transgender people whose lives were lost due to anti-transgender violence. In Our House, we must continue to speak up and out about harm that can occur on the basis of the beautifully diverse identities we have in our district-community and utilize this as an ongoing opportunity to amplify our mission to cultivate inclusionary, affirming, and loving educational environments; together all things are possible.
Finally, as today we celebrate Veteran’s Day, I would ask each of you to pause sometime during the day (and the coming weekend) 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
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.