Letter from the Superintendent

Posted June 21, 2017 at 5:47 am by

Dr. Danna Diaz - Contributed photo

Greet­ings Teach­ers, Staff, Par­ents, Stu­dents, and Com­mu­ni­ty Members:

On Sat­ur­day, June 10, I par­tic­i­pat­ed in the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mo­ny of the Class of 2017. They were ris­ing juniors when I start­ed my posi­tion two years ago. The accom­plish­ments of these tal­ent­ed young men and women are obvi­ous and high­light­ed by the num­ber of schol­ar­ships that were dis­trib­uted by our com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tions. As the super­in­ten­dent of schools, I am proud of each and every grad­u­ate. Con­grat­u­la­tions on your success!

I would also like to per­son­al­ly thank the com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tions for their ded­i­ca­tion by help­ing finance our stu­dents’ col­lege careers. You are amazing!

The fol­low­ing are just a few of our accom­plish­ments for the 2016–17 school year:

  • First year for K‑5 Sci­ence spe­cials w/ Sue Kareken
  • Art instruc­tion with Leisha for grades K‑5
  • The Board adopt­ed the Bal­anced Lit­er­a­cy curriculum
  • Sixth grade will re-join FHMS
  • K‑12 Sci­ence teach­ers met to ensure they align instruc­tion with the Next Gen­er­a­tion Sci­ence Standards
  • FHHS com­plet­ed their accred­i­ta­tion process with fly­ing colors
  • Com­mu­ni­ty health com­mit­tee rec­om­mend­ed a health cur­ricu­lum pilot, which we com­plet­ed with great success
  • Our new web­sites and Par­entLink com­mu­ni­ca­tion tool are up and run­ning smoothly
  • Twen­ty-one instruc­tion­al tech­nol­o­gy cours­es were offered to our staff
  • Fifty-sev­en staff took five hun­dred and twen­ty-four hours of pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment in Instruc­tion­al Technology
  • New School Bus added to the fleet
  • Turn­bull Gym Remodel
  • Reg­u­lar updates on our Face­book page. (Don’t for­get to like it!)

Con­grat­u­la­tions to our fifth, sixth and eighth grade stu­dents on their tran­si­tion to mid­dle school and high school, respec­tive­ly. I know you have a bright future ahead of you!

On June 30, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, we will have an Immi­gra­tion Work­shop at Fri­day Har­bor Mid­dle School. The Immi­gra­tion 101 ses­sion includes an overview of the immi­gra­tion sys­tem and immi­gra­tion sta­tus as well as which resources are avail­able in the com­mu­ni­ty. Katie Lor­ing, local attor­ney, will pro­vide infor­ma­tion regard­ing Durable Pow­er of Attor­ney documents.

Final­ly, I would like to thank every stu­dent, par­ent, teacher, staff, and com­mu­ni­ty mem­ber for mak­ing the 2016–2017 aca­d­e­m­ic year an extra­or­di­nary one! I appre­ci­ate you and I hope you have a rest­ful and joy­ful summer!

If you have any ques­tions, you may con­tact me at 360.370.7905 or email dannadiaz@sjisd.wednet.edu. Thank you for your con­tin­ued support.

Kind regards,
Dan­na Diaz, PhD
Superintendent

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