Superintendent's Message, Sept. 3, 2019

  • Dr. Ian B. Saltzman

    We’ve officially kicked off the 2019-20 school year, and I cannot wait to see what possibilities and opportunities this year has in store for our students.

    One way I keep in touch with what is going on day to day in our classrooms is to be present. Every day I am in the schools, and I have visited every one of our 28 schools since we kicked off the year on September 4. I look forward to working with teachers, administrators, and staff this year to create more supportive and safe environments for all our students to grow and thrive.

    I also have been spending time in the community. In addition to many one-on-one meetings, in August I held a listening tour where I heard from many families and community members on the things they love about the district, but also areas that need some improvement. The input from those community meetings will be shared with my Cabinet and the School Board and will become part of our annual operating plan.

    Recently, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released the 2018-19 statewide assessment scores. I am so proud of our students who, once again, academically outperformed the state average, and demonstrated year over year improvement in most categories. You can find detailed data at OSPI.

    And, thanks to our hardworking educators, success is within reach for all of our students with an increased emphasis on reading at early levels, strong monitoring and collaboration, and core focus on climate, culture, systems and instruction.

    Thank you for your support of Everett Public Schools. It is going to be a great year!

    Dr. Ian B. Saltzman, Superintendent