Almost 3,000 Northshore School District employees gathered at Pop Keeney Stadium on Thursday to kick off the new school year with dance, music and inspirational speeches.
Bothell, Inglemoor, North Creek and Woodinville high school ASB Presidents and the School Board shared personal stories of inspiring teachers and Northshore Superintendent Dr. Michelle Read delivered remarks welcoming staff to the new school year.
Fun festivities included a “dance-off” contest with representatives from schools and district administration departments, a welcoming dance and song performed by administrators, choral and band music by high school students, and performances by cheerleader squads from Inglemoor, North Creek and Woodinville high schools. Bothell’s cheerleaders are in Colorado with the football team, which is scheduled to play a Denver team this weekend.
“It truly is a memorable era in our district. Suffice it to say, your courage, tenacity and resilience are unique,” Reid said. “The strength of this great district lies in the quality of the people. It’s you, your energy, your commitment, your passion. Together all things are possible.”
The keynote speaker was Dr. Clayton Cook, associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Educational Psychology, who noted the importance of educators in the lives of students and all children.
“Go be awesome! Kids need it and deserve it from us,” Clayton said. “We have chosen to be here. We have the best profession in the world because we can actually change lives.”