Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 School Year!
We had a very busy summer preparing for our students to have a great school year. Our strategic plan or Road Map serves as our guide for student success. The Road Map includes our five foundational strategies or goals of: 1. Achievement 2. Equity 3. Stewardship 4. Partnerships and 5. Continuous Learning. In addition to these strategies that guide our work to ensure we continue to be a student learning focused school system, our school board adopted this year’s school board goals at their September 11, 2017 meeting that complement each of the strategies.
Achievement: We continue to prioritize student achievement by “providing high quality instruction in every classroom, every day.” The Sedro-Woolley School District continues to be education leaders in our region and I am very proud of the Big Lake, Clear Lake, and Lyman Elementary Schools for once again being honored as recipients of the Washington Achievement Award.
Equity: We had an amazing year with the additions of music and art in our elementary schools, the expansion of the STEM Network, and we provided more opportunities for our high school students with an eight-period alternating day schedule. In addition to this past school year’s accomplishments, we have been busy this summer getting ready for school with new technology in every school. Nearly 2,000 Dell Chromebooks have been distributed throughout the district that will complete our 1-to-1 computer initiative in our elementary classrooms. We have added 400 Chromebooks at Cascade Middle School and another 500 at Sedro-Woolley High School. Finally, the high school has had a complete wiring overhaul with high-speed network cables.
Stewardship: The Sedro-Woolley School District enrollment continues to grow which has prompted the placement of portables at several of our elementary schools including a double portable addition at Clear Lake Elementary this summer. We expect to have over 4,300 students this year, which is nearing an all-time high. To address our growing needs, a Facilities Improvement Taskforce was commissioned by the school board to assess our school building needs related to maintenance and repair, as well as classroom capacity to accommodate our growing student population. The taskforce has recommended addressing district needs with a bond and a decision to move forward with the recommendation will be made by the end of September. Executive Director of Business and Operations Brett Greenwood has provided more information about the taskforce and bond recommendation within the Stewardship article within the summer edition of the community newsletter Insider.
Partnership: We are able to provide our students with this technology because of you. Thank you for partnering with us and supporting our safety and technology levy! This levy will now sunset at the end of this year fulfilling our technology needs for the next several years.
Continuous Learning: Thank you to our entire Sedro-Woolley school community, especially our families, for all of your support this past year! Our mission states that “every student graduates with the knowledge and skills for future learning and success.” With our continued partnerships, our students will continue to accomplish amazing things and will achieve at high levels!
I look forward to having a great 2017–2018 school year, we are off to a great start!
Phil Brockman, Superintendent
Sedro-Woolley School District