2020-2021 End of Year Message

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Dear Families and Staff,


As you know,  I am retiring at the end of this school year after 45 years in education, 20 years as superintendent of the Stanwood-Camano School District. Before I go, I would like to share a few comments. We have made it through the 2020-21 school year and I have a message for each of you. 

For our students – This has been a hard year for you. Classes were done through google meets, then you had an option of in-person 2 days a week.  You didn’t get to see your friends as often, sports and activities were different, and at times with required COVID testing, you wore masks, had to be socially distant, and you didn’t get a chance to do all the fun things that you wanted to. But you met the challenge and I am very proud of you!

For our parents – You stepped up to the plate and helped your children with their remote learning through google meets while many of you worked from home yourself. During the year, many of you chose to send your children back to school for our in-person hybrid model. I know that it was a tough decision to make.  Thank you for believing in us, for being patient as we navigated through these times, and for being strong and resourceful. 

For our staff – You are amazing, flexible, creative problem-solvers and you held it together during the hardest year ever! You worked countless hours, learned new roles, supported our students and families, prepared meals, safely transported students, performed health screenings and contact tracing, and learned how to teach differently using technology. You did all of this without ever losing sight of doing what was best for each student's safety. You have my utmost respect and appreciation.

For our community – Your continued support over the last 20 years has been remarkable. I can’t thank you enough for all of your extra effort during the tough times we have experienced together. You helped with daycare, food, hot spots, vaccines and testing, supported and appreciated staff, and much, much more!

While this has been a difficult year, I believe that it has brought us closer together. We worked hard and found new ways to make great things happen in the Stanwood-Camano Community; and, while this year is coming to an end, it is also a time for a new beginning.

The School Board went through an extensive superintendent search and selected my replacement. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Deborah Rumbaugh. Dr. Rumbaugh brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience and I am excited to have her here.

Our district has begun the process of  planning for the 2021-22 school year where students will be in-person full time, 5 days per week. There’s a lot of work ahead of us. Please take time to relax and enjoy your summer. It’s important to take care of yourself and recharge for the new school year.
I wish you all the best.
Jean Shumate, Ed.D.