Equity Messages from Superintendent Clemens

  • Support for Asian American Students & Families

    We are saddened by the tragic and horrible violence that occurred in Georgia earlier this week. This deadly event follows a surge of increased crimes targeting Asian Americans nationwide, including our state, over the last 12 months during the COVID-19 pandemic. These incidents range from outright violent attacks, like the ones this week in Atlanta, to verbal harassment. Our hearts go out to the victims and all Asian American children and families who have experienced anti-Asian hate behaviors. We also recognize that some children who have not been a direct target may experience feelings of fear as a result of hearing about these events. Read more >>

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  • Our Children, Our Democracy

    As I reflect on the violent events of yesterday, my heart is heavy for our country, our democracy, our leaders, and yes, for our children. Public education is, after all, the foundation for our democracy; it helps our youth learn how to engage in civil discourse, think critically about issues, and understand the structure of our government. Read more >>

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  • An Apology

    Our district supports Black Lives Matter at School, and we are committed to ongoing action to dismantle systemic racism and to address anti-Black ideologies throughout our district. We know our equity work is a journey, not a sprint. We also know that sometimes we fail. Read more >>

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  • Response to the Minoritized Educators Roundtable

    Dear Members of the Minoritized Educators Roundtable of NTPS - Thank you for your email message. I have been thinking for several days about what you wrote and today I am sharing my thoughts with you with the hope that my words adequately express my commitment to you and the goals you have outlined for NTPS. Read more >>

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  • Equity Message to Students & Staff

    As your superintendent, I want to address the racial injustice protests erupting across our country and the impact it can have on all of us – especially our students, families, and staff of color, specifically our black families, student and staff. Read more >>

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  • Safe Schools for All

    One of the primary reasons I accepted the position of superintendent for NTPS was because of the district’s focus on compassion and the rich diversity of our community. Having worked here, it is clear that this culture is something we all value. From bus drivers to principals, we make sure every student feels welcome, respected and safe in North Thurston Public Schools. Read more >>

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