Dear Stanwood-Camano Community:
A committee made up of parents, community members, school board members, and staff, has been working on a plan to replace the 45 year-old Stanwood High School for the past year. The existing school has served the community well beyond its intended life. The committee has determined the new school should remain on the existing site and replacing the facility without a tax increase to the community is realistic.
At this point, the committee is seeking input from the community at-large to develop a conceptual design for the new school. The committee is excited to be able to solicit community input that will be used in the development of a final recommendation to the school board. The financing (bond issue) plan will be presented to voters in the form of a ballot measure in February 2017.
The community is invited to any of the meetings, listed below, to provide input into the proposed plans and to learn more about related issues. There will be opportunities for hands-on involvement and other activities that will directly influence the final plans.
Community meeting dates:
March 8 - 6:30 PM Stanwood High School Library (7400 272nd St. NW, Stanwood)
March 9 - 6:30 PM Utsalady Elementary Gym (608 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island)
May 2 - 6:30 PM Utsalady Elementary
May 9 - 6:30 PM Stanwood High School
Last night in Snohomish County the levy passing rate was 65.68% and in Island County it was 63.92%. This is very exciting news because these results reflect the highest voter support for our district in at least the past 14 years. We anticipate, based on past elections, that the approval rate will continue to increase as the final ballots arrive at the county courthouses.
Your hard work on this election has set the foundation for our upcoming high school bond. We need to continue educating our community about our needs and the importance of their support for our school district.
Again, thank you so very much for all that you do for the children of our school district.
Jean Shumate, Superintendent
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Educational Maintenance & Operations Levy is on the February 9th Ballot. Voters are asked to renew the current M&O levy that will expire in December 2016.
|For more information on the levy, click on the flyer, below.
|| For district comparisons of tax rates per assessed value, click on the table, below.
The Board of Directors recognized Annie Houk as the Classified Employee of the Month and Bryan Olsen as the Teacher of the Month for September 2015 at the October 20th regular board meeting.
Annie Houk has worked for the Stanwood-Camano School District for 26 years! She began her career at Stanwood Middle School supervising the playground and for 7 years was a clerical aide before becoming a secretary for 3 years. In 2000 she was hired as the secretary at Stanwood Elementary where she has worked for the past 15 years. Annie was nominated by Debbie Carr, parent and volunteer.
Bryan Olsen has taught history at Stanwood High School for the past 8 years. He also advises History Day and Link Crew and has been active on the Building Leadership Team and was the previous Chess Team Advisor. Bryan's nominations were written by Ella Blackwood, teacher and parent, and Robin Blackwood, former student.
To read their nominations click on the following links: Annie Houk or Bryan Olsen .
Do you know of a classified employee or teacher worthy of recognition? Please write a nomination by clicking on this link: Employee Nomination. It's that easy!
The Board of Directors recognized three Shining Stars at the January 20th Board Meeting. Noble (pictured left to right) is a fourth grade student at Stanwood Elementary, Monique is a 7th grade student at Saratoga School and Selena Fryberg is an 8th grade student at Stanwood Middle School. The Shining Star Award publicly recognizes students from elementary through high school who are eager to learn, have made significant progress and have overcome challenges. The Shining Star Award is sponsored by Tony Warner, Umpqua Bank Manager, in partnership with Snow Goose Bookstore and Stanwood Cinemas.
The Board of Directors publicly recognizes the Classified Employee of the Month and Teacher of the Month at the second regular board meeting a month, throughout the year. The following employees were nominated and received the award for their outstanding contributions and dedication to our students and community. To read the nominations, please click the person's name. Also, if you wish to make a nomination, click Employee Nominations. December nominations are due by January 5th.
CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH
TEACHERS OF THE MONTH
Kris Merritt, Career and Technical Education Culinary Arts at Stanwood High School
Judy Birk, Librarian at Twin City Elementary
Michelle Rockwood, Band and Choir at Stanwood Middle School
The Board of Directors recognized two Shining Stars at the November 18th Board Meeting. Jett (pictured left) is a second grade student at Cedarhome Elementary and Kendra is a fifth grade student at Elger Bay Elementary. The Shining Star Award publicly recognizes students from elementary through high school who are eager to learn, have made significant progress and have overcome challenges. Tony Warner, Umpqua Bank, sponsors the award in partnership with Snow Goose Bookstore and Stanwood Cinemas.