Thursday Thoughts: Summer School, Elementary #21 Naming, Upgrade Locks and More

It is fabulous to be celebrating our summer season !! Thank you one and all for all the passion and dedication you brought to the successful support of all of our students this school year and beyond. These summer months are so ripe for reflection…

While many of us might be contemplating slowing down a bit for the summer, others are starting up again ;>)  Summer school kicked off yesterday at Bothell High School for middle and high school students! Over 400 students are enrolled in a variety of courses including geometry, online health, chemistry, drawing & design and more. Credit retrieval and life fitness/PE courses will begin July 9. So exciting to be learning this summer !!

This is one of the most exciting times in the Northshore School District as we begin building community around our new school, scheduled to open in the fall of 2020. Because schools are more than just a number, the time has come to select a name for Elementary #21. We need a name that honors and connects to our community or pays tribute to inspirational leaders. Do you have an idea for a great name? Do you want to help select the final name?

As we enter the last year of construction of our 21st elementary school, we are beginning the naming process which is described in Procedure 9250P:

  1. The superintendent forms a naming committee.
  2. The naming committee submits a list of 3-5 recommended names to the School Board.
  3. The School Board approves the final name.

It is important to us that our community’s voice is heard during each of these steps. You are invited to submit your name ideas and apply for the Elementary #21 Naming Committee. We will also request additional feedback after the Committee creates a list of recommended names in the fall.

The Committee will be led by Elementary #21 Principal Cathi Davis and will be comprised of district leaders, parents, guardians and community members. If you are a Northshore parent, guardian or community member, we invite you to apply. Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The Committee will meet twice in October.  Apply to Join the Elementary #21 Naming Committee

To give the Committee a head start, we want to collect your ideas! But be advised, Policy 9250 sets clear criteria and guidelines for school names.

  • The name should be known and significant to the Northshore community; or
  • The name should identify the geographic area of the community served by the school; or
  • The name should honor a prominent individual, known locally or nationally, who has made a long-term contribution to the education of children. If a person’s name is selected for Elementary #21, then in keeping with the board’s desire for inclusion and equitable recognition, it will be named after an individual who is a part of a minoritized community.

Name ideas will be accepted through Sept. 27, 2019. Submit Your Name Idea

In district security news, we are busy installing upgraded classroom locks across the district.  Most recently, the classroom locks at Northshore Middle School have been upgraded and the classroom locks at Kenmore Middle School are up next.  We are so grateful to our community who supported the recent bond so that we can achieve this added security for our classrooms. 

It was so exciting to attend a fundraising gala in downtown Seattle this evening where Communications Director Lisa Youngblood Hall shared the story of our Northshore Eats program. As a reminder, this was the program where so many district staff, community partners, PTSA groups, students, and our Education Foundation partnered to feed students during the snow last February.  I love that we are a district of doers who care deeply about one another; it matters…

And so, as we settle into a familiar summer rhythm; let’s contemplate – “Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don’t live in the world all of your own.” — Albert Schweitzer

All the best and take good care,

Michelle Reid, Ed.D.



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