Thursday Thoughts: 2020 Boundary, PTSA Reflections, SAS Visit and More

What a week….  I for one am glad that the wind has taken a break and that we all have power ;>)  It is truly remarkable how dependent we are on the power and other amenities for our daily routines.  Hopefully, we will enjoy calm sailing for the next several weeks of this glorious winter season.

This week we have hosted two boundary revision open house events.  Tuesday evening we were at Fernwood and Wednesday evening we were at Canyon Creek.  Both meetings were well attended and supported by staff and EDTF members.  Community members and parents had numerous questions, thoughts and ideas.  These forums are an essential part of our thoughtful process in opening a new school and adding classroom space in the north end of our district.  Imagine the possibilities…

The Inglemoor High School band and orchestra spent last weekend, on retreat, at Western Washington University. The Inglemoor students are immersed in the University music program where faculty, students and artists work with the performing groups as well as individuals and small ensembles. Director Ted Christensen reports they have been offering this experience at WWU for several years. “It’s preparation on many levels. Obviously, the students grow musically but the experience also gives them a taste of what University life is all about. We are so fortunate to partner with WWU as they always welcome our groups and host a musical (and meaningful) weekend." The groups spent a couple days at WWU with 12-15 hours of instruction. We are so blessed to have these opportunities for our young musicians and we have a bit to learn about engagement and relevance as a result.

I am excitedly looking forward to attending the Northshore Council PTSA Reflections Open House Celebration this Saturday, January 12th. The open house runs from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Eastside Foursquare Church in Bothell. The Northshore Council will be celebrating over 270 students for their Reflections artwork. Reflections is a National PTA program to inspire students to use their creative by expressing themselves through their own original works in dance, film, musical composition, literature, photography and visual arts for the theme of "Heroes Around Me".  According to Council members, "We have 47 students whose pieces are moving onto State PTA for further judging and another 44 students that received a Judges Choice award for their creativity. As much as we think this is “just another program” or “just another event” it is so much more. These students put their heart and soul into their work and for many, they are deeply personal, real and powerful. Most of the students who came to council had to first get judged at their local schools. Being a Reflections Council Qualifier is a big deal and we want to celebrate ALL students." I personally believe that the arts reveal so much about ourselves in a way that we can connect with one another. The arts are an essential component of our public education and I am thrilled to be able to celebrate with our students. Imagine the possibilities...

I recently came across a fantastic article that describes a high school teacher’s work with the topic of changing the world through a kindness project.  In an excerpt from the article; “It seems that every year the inevitable question pops up: "How do you change the world?" For many of my students, the answer is always the same: "One person can't change the world." Of course, I could offer examples like Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, and countless others from history-or I could lead them to the truth.”  So I ask: "How many people did you smile at today? How many compliments did you give? How many apologies did you make?" In each of those moments, we have a chance to change the world by making the day just a little better for someone else. For today, we can change their world. Creating a culture of kindness begins with everyday teachable moments that help students change their perceptions of one another.”  I love this thinking and its alignment with Goal 2 of our Strategic Plan.  Imagine the possibilities…

Superintendent Reid with SAS students

I want to share how much I enjoyed my visit to the Secondary Academy for Success (SAS) this week.  My meeting with parents prior to the Breakfast Club with students was remarkable in their thoughtful reflections and grateful appreciation for the school and the dedicated staff.  The students at Breakfast Club were so insightful and positive about their experience and their hopes and dreams.  I especially enjoyed the positive energy, culture and climate (including the excitement about chemistry ;>) Tomorrow, I have the joyful opportunity of spending the morning at Kenmore Elementary.  This is such an amazing school district and is made better each and every day as the result of the efforts of each and every one of you...

I love the winter season and find its tempestuous nature both compelling and exhilarating, reminding me that; “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

Let's continue to treasure the gifts of this winter season...

Warmest regards,
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 


 

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