A message from the Superintendent
Dec. 18, 2012
Dear Seattle Public Schools community:
As our schools head into the winter break, I want to take a moment to thank our community for your ongoing support of our students and schools. We have much to be thankful for at Seattle Public Schools – our enrollment is growing, our graduation rate has increased and our students are showing improved academic achievement.
In the past six months, I have enjoyed getting to know this wonderful city. I am so impressed with the dedication of our families, staff, students and community.
In the New Year, we will be strengthening our focus on school safely. Our security team will be meeting with principals to review safety plans and ensure each building is equipped to handle potential incidents. As more information is available from Connecticut in the weeks to come, we will review recommendations from the Department of Education and law enforcement. We will work together and follow best practices to improve the safety in our schools.
Earlier this month, I held an all-day retreat with the members of the Superintendent’s Cabinet, which includes the Assistant Superintendents of Teaching and Learning, Business and Finance, Operations and Human Resources, and the leadership in communications, policy and facilities operations. Setting aside time to step back, plan and think about the big picture is so important for all of us. We used this valuable day to outline our work for the next six months.
We highlighted 12 key items to focus on for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.
• Closing the achievement gap (including a focus on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and English Language Learners)
• Employee evaluations and professional growth,
• Implementation of the Common Core standards
• Implementation of the race and equity policy
• Capital facilities
• Budget development
• Program placement
• Filling key leadership positions
• Labor relations
• A refresh of our Strategic Plan
• A professional development plan
• Building relationships with the School Board, families, staff and community.
We have a lot of work to do. But with a dedicated staff, engaged families and a community that cares, I am confident we can continue to move our District forward. I want to wish you all a wonderful New Year. I hope you enjoy time with loved ones, and I look forward to seeing our students and educators back at school on Jan. 7.
Seattle Public Schools