Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Community Members:
The District acknowledges the tragedy that occurred today in Snohomish County and extends our deepest sympathies to Marysville Pilchuck High School and the surrounding community.
The American Psychiatric Association’s website contains helpful tips for talking with children about disasters which we all may find useful.
On October 15, the freshman class of Gig Harbor High School participated in a “Power of One” day. The ‘Power of One’ is a service-learning onsite camp that fosters development of youth to be their best selves and do their best work within their school and community. This co-curricular event highlights the basic foundation needed for students’ success. The ‘Power of One’ includes breakout sessions reflecting on one’s past, honoring their present and consciously creating a successful future. These breakout sessions were led by senior ambassadors who donated their time to improve the culture at Gig Harbor High School and “leave a legacy” for those who follow. In her reflection of the event, senior ambassador Kaelynn Campeau wrote:
“Acknowledging that we are not alone in what we are going through provides a great medium transitioning into the “We Are One” mentality and mission statement of Gig Harbor. I strongly and passionately believe that we are the change in our school and this program has better equipped our student body to enforce the change we are waiting to see! I am so excited to leave a legacy behind at our school.”
OLYMPIA — While school bus safety is a year-round priority, this week it receives special attention.
School Bus Safety Week, which occurs the third week in October, reminds parents and students the importance of school bus safety. This year’s theme is, “At my Stop, you Stop!”
In recognition, Gov. Jay Inslee declared Oct. 20-24 as School Bus Safety Week, noting in a proclamation that “ensuring motorists adhere to the rules of the road around school buses during the loading and unloading of students is critical to maintaining safe conditions.”
Congratulations to Kelly Pruitt, Purdy Elementary Reading Specialist/Instructional Coach, who was recently chosen to be a Washington State Fellow. Fellows are selected as teacher leaders who support district implementation efforts and are a crucial component of systemic state-wide Common Core State Standards implementation. Kelly collaborates with state, regional, and district teams to build coherence and support in literacy by focusing on shifts in instructional practice, which then impacts student learning.
Professionally, Kelly is most passionate about teaching children how to read and giving other teachers tools to make their jobs easier. We are proud of Kelly’s accomplishment and look forward to the positive impact she will have on our students, schools and community.
Kelly has a wealth of knowledge in reading and instruction. She has been a classroom teacher, Reading Coach, Elementary Literacy Facilitator, and currently blogs for Educational Service District 113. If you would like to learn a little more about her, please check out her blog at the link below: