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Welcome to the 2016-17 school year!

Our staff has been working hard to prepare for the new school year and is excited to greet students back to school on September 1st.  I am honored to begin my 16th year as superintendent of our excellent school district.

There are many exciting changes that took place over the summer and more will continue throughout the upcoming school year that I would like to highlight.

This summer, 15 different projects funded by the Facilities and Technology Levy approved by the voters in 2013 were completed at Stanwood High School (welding classroom only), Port Susan Middle School, Stanwood Middle School, Saratoga, Twin City, and Stanwood Elementary. Projects included roof replacement, heating, lighting and ventilation updates, flooring replacements, restroom updates and kitchen updates. The estimated total cost for all projects was approximately $4 million of levy money plus $205,000 funded by a Department of Commerce grant.  In the Stanwood-Camano School District our vision for technology is “Engaging and enabling students and staff to personalize education using a variety of technologies integrated into learning and the curriculum.” To meet the vision and goals of technology integration, the network has been updated, staff members are receiving training, and there has been an influx of new equipment and computers throughout the schools, which allows us to utilize educational software and online portals that support learning in classrooms.  

Teachers, principals and leaders have continued their learning throughout the summer by attending workshops and training sessions to sharpen their knowledge and skills and their ability to ensure the best possible learning experiences for all children.

Maintenance and custodial staff have been busy through the summer preparing classrooms, common areas and school grounds to be clean and ready for student learning.

A committee of parents, community members, school board, staff, students and an architectural consultant have spent the past year studying and prioritizing a plan to replace the 45 year-old Stanwood High School. Based on information gathered through discussions, broad research and community feedback, the committee has recommended replacing the high school on its existing site. Our estimates show that this ballot measure, as planned, will not increase our school tax rate. On February 14, 2017, voters will consider a bond measure to build a new Stanwood High School. 

Enjoy the last days of your summer vacation.  I look forward to seeing you throughout the school year.  Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the students and families of the Stanwood-Camano School District.  It is my sincere hope that this year will be a fantastic experience for every student and family.

Sincerely,

Jean Shumate, Ed.D.
Superintendent