Welcome back to a new school year
September 5, 2012
With more than 6,000 students returning to school last week, the 2012-13 school year is officially under way here in the Snoqualmie Valley. These young people bring to our schools and classrooms an abundance of energy, eagerness and potential. Those who work in the schools — teachers, support staff and administrators — find these qualities to be a source of inspiration as they begin working with the students and look forward to the coming school year.
Last year was a very successful one for our schools and students. Five of our schools were recognized for excellence at either the state or national level.
Many of our staff members were acknowledged for their outstanding accomplishments as professionals. And hundreds of our students earned special recognition for their efforts and amazing accomplishments at regional, state and national levels.
A preliminary review of last spring’s state testing shows us that excellence is being achieved in schools throughout the district.
When statewide results became available last week, we saw once again that Snoqualmie Valley results exceeded those of the state by a good margin in every subject, and every grade level. Our district’s reading results are holding steady or increasing at nearly every grade level, with over 90 percent of our students meeting or exceeding standard at grade 10.
In mathematics, gains were achieved at nearly every grade level with 79 percent of our elementary students meeting or exceeding standard, and 76 percent of all middle school students meeting or exceeding standard.
In writing, 96 percent of students met standard at grade 10. While statewide results are not yet available, it is anticipated that our results will once again exceed those of the state by a good margin.
We are not satisfied with these results, however. As teachers and administrators delve deeper into the data in the coming weeks, opportunities for improvement will be identified.
These test results, along with other data, will be used by the staff to develop plans for the upcoming school year — plans that build on past success and re-set the vision for excellence in our schools and classrooms.
Thank you for supporting us as we engage in work to further improve our schools and the educational experience of our students.
Joel Aune, superintendent
Snoqualmie Valley Schools