A message from the Superintendent
June 18, 2014
Dear Seattle Public Schools principals, teachers, and staff,
Attending our high school graduations this month made me realize once again how grateful I am for all that you do to help our students and their families along their 13-year journey at Seattle Public Schools. From their first day of kindergarten until their final day of high school, our students benefit from your commitment to ensuring educational excellence and equity.
I appreciate how hard our employees work on behalf of our students, and I hope that each of you has an opportunity to enjoy some relaxation with family and friends this summer before we kick off the 2014-15 school year.
However, I know this summer will be a busy one for many of you. During the next few months we will begin work on adding building capacity Districtwide to accommodate a projected enrollment increase of 1,300 students this fall. Thanks to Seattle voters, who approved the 2013 Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy, a total of 17 new, expanded and modernized buildings will help create more space. Additionally, we are looking at other options to add capacity as we continue to create quality teaching and learning environments for students and staff.
Also during the summer, our security staff will be reviewing our schools safety plans, training and ways we can increase our partnerships with the Seattle Police Department and larger community to ensure the safety of our students, families and employees.
In the fall, we will be implementing Common Core State Standards with the goal of ensuring students in grades 3 to 8 are ready for the new Smarter Balanced Assessments, which are required by the state and will ultimately be a replacement for the MSP tests in Math and English Language Arts.
I also look forward to working with each of you during the upcoming year on implementing the three goals of our new five-year Strategic Plan: Ensuring Educational Excellence and Equity for Every Student, Improving Systems to Support Students, and Strengthening our School, Family and Community Engagement.
While I am proud of our accomplishments during the 2013-14 school year, I know we still have much work to do in order to meet our goal of ensuring every student graduates prepared for college, career and life. Each of you will continue to play an important role in that work.
Thank you for everything you do for our students and schools. I hope you all enjoy the summer.
Seattle Public Schools