Message from the Superintendent
With graduations just around the corner, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what I consider an amazing 2012-13 school year for North Thurston Public Schools!
The School Board recently met with the Lacey City Council for a joint work session. I was proud to share with them some of the many recent accomplishments of our students and staff, including:
- 2011, 2012 School of Distinction award: Olympic View
- 2012 Washington Achievement Awards: Lakes, Mountain View, Aspire
- 67 point growth in SAT scores in last 3 years, plus 20 percent higher participation
- 2 National Merit Finalists (North Thurston High School)
- #1 student newspaper in the state, Timberline Blazer (and 4th in the nation)
- 20 percent reduction in office referrals (more time for learning)
- North Thurston Math Club, 1st at State and national qualifier.
- $4.8 million in taxpayer savings through bond refinancing
- State Elementary Science Teacher of the Year (Julie Wyatt, Pleasant Glade)
- Golden Apple Award (Leslie VanLeishout, River Ridge)
- Supervisor of the Year, Washington School Counselor Assc. (Dr. Maddy deGive, Asst. Supt.)
These are just a few points of pride we share about our district which continues to make sure every student graduates with the skills they need to succeed in a diverse and competitive world. This means providing the necessary supports – both academic and behavioral – for each child. It means building partnerships with places of worship, the military, businesses, seniors, and community organizations like the North Thurston Education Foundation. We know that kids need the basics like a hot meal, school supplies and warm clothes in order to focus on learning. We also know that having a mentor and parent engagement helps ensure students that someone cares about their overall well-being and success in school and life.
Given all this, I have great expectations for next year as we continue to witness student growth and achievement, along with the nurturing of the whole child -- including Arts, Special Education, Career and Technology Education (CTE). We are blessed to have a compassionate, high-quality staff who have student learning at the heart of all they do. With continued community support we can only get better from here!
Raj Manhas, Superintendent
North Thurston Public Schools