Welcome to North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) and congratulations on your choice to participate as a member of an outstanding athletic program. It is the intent of all members of each school’s athletic department and administration for athletics to be an enriching and healthy experience for student athletes in which physical, mental, and social growth take place through interscholastic competition.
North Thurston Public Schools believes interscholastic athletics are an integral part of a student athlete’s total educational experience. The success of our athletic programs is based on our student athletes’ abilities to balance their participation with their academic requirements. Academic achievement comes first. In athletics, our goal is to provide a safe, structured environment where student athletes are encouraged to develop leadership skills; respect for self, team, officials and others; responsibility, work ethic, trust and loyalty, self-esteem and self-discipline. We believe success is not always recorded on the scoreboard but how we deal with setbacks and adversity is equally important.
Participation in NTPS athletic programs is a privilege; we therefore have the right to expect higher standards of behavior from our student athletes. Since athletics provide a unifying influence upon our student body and between our school and community, athletes must represent North Thurston Public Schools in the classroom, in the hallways, in the athletic arena, and in the community. This document serves to inform students and parents about the guidelines, policies, and regulations of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and the NTPS. It explains expectations for athletes at each high school. One of the primary roles of the high school athletic department is to oversee the conduct of our student athletes. We urge parents to take an active part in the guidance and supervision of their son or daughter while supporting the schools in our endeavor to develop positive and productive citizens.