Thursday Thoughts: Northshore Speaks, Math Olympiads, Future Problem Solving and More

Well, here we are; the last week of March. As I have mentioned earlier, March certainly came in like a lion and is going out like (you guessed it ;>) a lamb.  And so, here are my thoughts this evening...

Thank you to everyone who came out to experience spoken word poetry by Project Voice. I also continue to hear so many amazing stories about the work that went on at the different schools visited and the professional development sessions with our teachers.  Now it's your turn to perform! On May 16 we are hosting our first ever Northshore Speaks event and I can’t wait !!. Visit our website to learn how you can perform.  Imagine the possibilities…

Several parents and staff have reminded me that Wednesday, March 21st was World Down Syndrome Day.  This recognition day is chosen to be on 3/21 because of the 3 copies of the 21st chromosome, making it easy to remember.  It is a day of celebration, acceptance, community, friendship and pride.  I want to share that pausing to celebrate our diversity reminds us of the work we have been doing, and the work we have yet to do in providing an equitable and inclusive educational experience for all of our students.  In our bold new strategic plan, Goal 2: Responsible, Resilient, Empathetic Learners, we state that "equity means each student embracing their own voice, accepting ownership of their own actions and experiences, and honoring the diversity, unique needs and contributions of others."  Having said that, I want to share a video forwarded to me entitled Lea Goes to School which I believe captures this spirit better than I can.  Each and every one of our Northshore students bring unique gifts, hopes, and dreams to their daily journey with us.  I so appreciate all the inspiring work undertaken to support each of our students every day.  Imagine the possibilities...

As part of our district's focus on equity, we will be looking at our inclusionary practices in regards to special education.  We are looking at forming a committee for the coming year in order to assist us with this task. More information regarding committee members and how you can be involved, models, timelines, etc. will be shared as this committee forms, gathers information and makes recommendations.  We will continue to build on the strong traditions already in place here in this amazing district.  Imagine the possibilities...

Congratulations to Moorlands Elementary for being recognized as a King County Level Three Green School. Moorlands was recognized along with three other schools for increasing recycling, reducing waste, and conserving energy and water.  King County’s release that recognized Moorlands efforts stated, “Each month, the school shared water conservation tips with each class. Students learned about the life cycle of plants by sowing, tending, and harvesting produce in the school’s raised garden beds. Fourth-grade classes learned about environmental stewardship by raising Coho salmon in the school’s salmon tank and then releasing them into Puget Sound. At the start of the school year, students signed pledges committing to various water conservation actions. Moorlands installed a rain barrel to collect water to irrigate the school’s garden. Signs encouraging students to soap up their hands before rinsing were posted next to bathroom and classroom sinks. The school also maintained its 48 percent recycling rate by reducing waste and recycling.”  King County’s Green Schools Program provides guidance, hands-on help and tools such as recycling containers and signs that schools need to make improvements. It helps teach K-12 students and employees to only recycle materials they know can be recycled.

In exciting news from Bothell HS, we want to add our congratulations to the Cougar gymnastics team who was recently named the KINGCO 4A Sportsmanship Team of the Year.   Well done !!

We are very excited to report on the 2019 Northshore Education Math Olympiad held on Saturday, March 23!  We had a total of 567 fourth and fifth graders participating in the event.  The students represented fifteen NSD elementary schools and brought with them 55 parent volunteers to help with the event.  Each school’s coach put in many hours to prepare and support the students for this competition. Congratulations to all of our participants and thank you to all of our coaches, volunteers and Northshore Schools Foundation!  All teams seemed to have fun during the event on Saturday and worked hard to share their best thinking.  We ended the day with an awards ceremony, recognizing our top team score in each category.  Teams were awarded medals for gold, silver and bronze winners based on their placement in a score range.

4th Grade – Tier A Results

Place

Team

School

First Place Overall

Team 2

Maywood Hills

Gold Medal Winners

Team 2

Team 2

Team 1

Team 2

Westhill

Woodin

Fernwood

Kenmor

 

4th Grade – Tier B Results

Place

Team

School

First Place Overall

Team 4

Bear Creek

Gold Medal Winners

Team 1

Team 1

Team 5

Team 5

Sunrise

Lockwood

Bear Creek

Lockwood

 

5th Grade – Tier A Results

Place

Team

School

First Place Overall

Team 2

Team 5

Lockwood

Maywood Hills

Gold Medal Winners

Team 1

Team 1

Team 2

Team 3

Team 4

Team 3

Team 1

Canyon Creek

Lockwood

Hollywood Hills

Kokanee

Kokanee

Westhill

Woodin

 

5th Grade – Tier B Results

Place

Team

School

First Place Overall

Team 3

Bear Creek

Gold Medal Winners

Team 1

Team 4

Team 5

Team 4

Team 1

Sunrise

Bear Creek

Bear Creek

Lockwood

Woodmoor

 

In news from the Leota Lions, Matt Bohannan excitedly shared how well their teams did in qualifying for the State Bowl in Future Problem Solving (FPS).  According to Matt; ”We had SIX teams qualify this year... whereas last year we had only a single team make the cut. I am beyond happy !!  This is super exciting... especially considering one of our teams is a 4th grade Bear Creek team that I've been working with to prep before they get to middle school. It's pretty amazing they made it in their first year. ALL THREE of our junior level teams qualified, so this is also a huge accomplishment. Additionally, we had three of our mid-level teams qualify - making them the first mid-level teams from Leota to participate in the State Bowl. Our state champ team from last year has made it back as one of those teams, so this is also positive news. The kids have worked so diligently and come so far, and it would be hard to be more proud of them.”  We agree Matt !!

Northshore's schools have once again participated in the Hour of Code this year.  Every school participated in some way!  As you may recall, ATM leaders from the Central Office and Support Services visited schools and joined in the coding activities.  This Google slide deck shows various District leaders who spent time sidling up alongside students to learn about coding.  The smiling faces tell it all! 

Each year more than half a million students in grades 6-12 participate in the National History Day (NHD) Contest across the United States. Students choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. They look through libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites. After they have analyzed and interpreted their sources, and have drawn a conclusion about the significance of the topic, they then present their work in one of five ways: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance and website. 

The regional competition for National History Day was recently hosted at Northshore Middle School this year and Alan Plummer did a fantastic job of organizing the event with the support of Corey Martin.  It was a very successful event. We really want to thank these two teachers for their support which enables us to continue holding the contest.  We had approximately 75 volunteer judges from the community, 35 high school helpers, and 15 adult volunteers. There were 320 students that participated with 216 entries, and 13 schools represented. Wow, imagine the possibilities…

And so, the end of March has come and we approach the start of a new and glorious month.  I wish each of you a joyful spring weekend and a thought to contemplate as we exuberantly celebrate the changing of the months; “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

Warmest regards,
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 


 

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