Welcome back from Superintendent Steve Rasmussen
August 21, 2012
By Steve Rasmussen
New school year begins amid cycle of change and improvement
Every student enters a new school year ready for learning, surprises, challenges and successes — and, even after 24 years as a superintendent, it’s exactly the same for me! Our schools open Sept. 4, and — just like the state of education in general — we in the Issaquah School District are in a constant cycle of change and improvement. For instance, this school year we will adopt new curriculum including K-5 reading/literacy, middle school Humanities Plus, and high school world language, precalculus and calculus.
But the materials are just the foundation: Our educators will put in hours of professional development to prepare. Another significant change is our work piloting the new teacher/principal evaluation system for the state; we want to be on the forefront of continuing to support all of our professionals to do their very best work!
Some other highlights from this summer that will shape the coming school year:
- Construction: Safe, comfortable, right-sized and up-to-date schools make high-quality teaching and learning possible — and thanks to the tremendous community support for our April bond issue, construction will continue well into 2020. Briarwood Elementary School, Maywood Middle School and phase one of Liberty High School will be completed this fall, and there will be no letting up as facilities across the district receive needed improvements!
- Communication: Information is critical for families even before the school year begins. The district website is a good place to start. With just a few clicks you’re on your way, from lunch prices and menus to bus routes to school-specific details to online payments. You might want to start with the “calendar” tab to plan out important dates through next June. Beginning this fall, we will also develop and begin implementation of a more standardized and thorough Web presence for all of our schools. Of course, there’s always the old-fashioned route to find out what’s going on: Phone or stop by any school after Aug. 13.
- New faces: As always, we have had staff changes — people move, they retire and they even make career changes — we’ll have some new faces in our buildings and want to give them a warm Issaquah welcome.
The most wonderful part of being part of this educational community is the opportunity to learn and grow right along with the students. We all have an exciting year ahead!
Dr. Steve Rasmussen