• September 1, 2022

    The energy of students returning to our school campuses was palpable this week. Whether it was the giant smiles as they hopped off buses or climbed out of their family's car (or even driving themselves to one of the high schools for the first time) ... they were all in a hurry to find their classrooms, meet their teachers and most importantly, reconnect with their friends. We also saw many new faces being welcomed to schools and classrooms by friendly staff and students who were eager to extend the hand of friendship.

    I appreciate all of those who extended their circle for me during the past year, and hope that our community knows how much I appreciate being embraced as a first-time superintendent. The grace you have given as I learned the ins and outs of a district, while navigating a pandemic and budget shortfall will always be remembered. Sedro-Woolley truly is an amazing place to live and work.

    Our academic mission is to ensure that all students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed for future learning and success. We continue to center the work of the district around this mission. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve a district that is deeply invested in every student who walks through its doors.

    During my first year as superintendent, my goals were to learn all about our district and community, listen, be visible and engaged, and build relationships that promote a culture of collaboration and open communication. I have reorganized the leadership team and we have several new principals who are excited to help the district improve on what we already do well.

    We also have set into place a three-year plan that focuses on literacy and grade-level essential standards. Our staff are learning and applying research-based strategies to help all our students learn in safe, welcoming, and inclusive environments. I am grateful to have hardworking and dedicated staff members in our district who are committed to preparing all our students for their future.

    Another area of focus in our three-year plan is community engagement. One of our first efforts around community engagement was hosting Reading & Resources Under the Lights on August 12. More than 1,000 people were in attendance and we are already thinking about how we can make it bigger and better next year.

    We have opportunities for the community to get involved with our schools again. The district will be presenting information about our Business Buddies program at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon this month. The program will invite area businesses to become a partner at their elementary school of choice through a variety of outlined activities.

    We are also starting a new SWSD Ambassador workshop series where key community members are invited to learn more about the district and its schools and operations. The program’s focus will be to create a sense of pride and knowledge among program participants to enable them to act as ambassadors and advocates for the Sedro-Woolley School District. Interested applicants can submit their application by filling out this form.

    We will also be working with our own internal experts to host a variety of Family University classes. Monthly family workshops will address a variety of topics. These will be advertised via the District Update newsletter and social media, as well as placed on the calendar once dates and times have been established.

    We also have many beloved and established community engagement events that will continue throughout the year. Please be sure to check the calendar for events and activities along with the SWHS Cubs Den for high school sporting events.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out. I love to hear from our families!


    Dr. Miriam Miralles Mickelson
    Dr. Miriam Miralles Mickelson is the Superintendent of Sedro-Woolley School District. Previously, Dr. Mickelson was the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Services in the Snohomish School District.  She served Edmonds-Woodway High School as principal and Lake Washington High School as associate principal.  She started her career in education in the Clover Park School District, where she worked as a substitute teacher, National Board-certified high school English teacher, and instructional coach. Dr. Mickelson was born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. at age 22. Her husband, David, is a retired Air Force officer, and her son, Zach, graduated from Southern Methodist University with degrees in English and Business and a minor in Economics. 

    District Mission:

    "Every student graduates with the knowledge and skills for future learning and success.”

Last Modified on September 12, 2022