Superintendent's Message - August 27, 2018

jeverett Mon, 08/27/2018 - 10:47am
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Welcome Back!

We are excited for school to start Wednesday! It definitely seems like summer has flown by. I have been busy trying to meet the criteria I identified in my entry plan where I committed to holding a community forum, meet with the Meridian School District Board of Directors, all building administrators, community organizations, staff, parents, and district directors of transportation, finance, nutrition, and maintenance—all in an effort to better understand the status of the district. I want to thank all that have contributed their perspectives. Our conversations have been extremely helpful. I will continue my entry activities up to the first of the year where I will then develop a report identifying what I've heard and provide recommendations for addressing district needs for the next decade—to be shared by the end of February, 2019.

In July I was fortunate to be able to attend an Incoming Superintendent conference held in Olympia and sponsored by the Washington Association of School Administrators. In August I joined a 10-member team of Meridian teachers and administrators at a PLC (Professional Learning Community) training in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center. It was great to work alongside our excellent teachers and plan next steps for the upcoming school year. Meridian School District’s new strategic plan calls for an increased emphasis on Teaching and Learning. The district utilizes the University of Washington’s CEL (Center for Educational Leadership) 5D+ instructional Framework as the authority on excellent instruction. Meridian has been working over the past two years to develop a model utilizing teacher leaders and emphasis on creating collaboration time — a structure where teachers may work collaboratively to determine essential standards and develop common assessments to address the needs of students during the school day. The PLC training in Seattle provided our team with valuable content and concrete ideas on how to best maximize our time together each Friday morning to increase the effectiveness of our instruction and assessment practices. We are working hard to ensure there are more supports and appropriate rigor so students may learn at higher levels, resulting in the increase of student achievement, as well as closing the achievement and opportunity gaps—two of our four new strategic plan goals.

The other two strategic goals are for us to continue hiring quality teachers and offer excellent professional development opportunities as well as establish community relations and communication emphasis. Again, we are excited for the school year to begin! I look forward to welcoming your students and meeting all of you. If you would like more information about the strategic planning process, please contact Dr. James Everett, Superintendent, at (360) 398-7111, or via email at








From left to right: IRE Assistant Principal Kevin Hersom, IRE Teacher Holly Brainard, MP3 Principal Michelle Siadal,
MMS Teacher Kaitlin Danssaert, MMS Teacher Cynthia Richardson, MHS Teacher Paige Shumway, MHS Teacher Ryan Killian,
MHS Assistant Principal Andy Donahue, MMS Dean Amy Fox, and MSD Director of Personnel Kurt Harvill.

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