December 2018 Update

December, 2018

Winter Update to the Community


I hope that the start of the winter season finds you doing well. It is always a busy time in our schools as we continue to move forward in our important work of providing quality education to all students. We are also celebrating the season with numerous family nights, assemblies, concerts, and programs. Please do check out school websites for events that are coming up!

Every Student KnownEarlier this year, I shared with you our theme for this year: "Every Student Known." We are getting very intentional in our focus of knowing our students both as people and as learners. I thought I would share a few highlights regarding how we are doing this work:

  • Knowing students as people: We have provided extensive training to our faculty and staff regarding SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) strategies for students of all ages. Our graduation specialists at the high school level are working with students 1:1 to provide interventions and supports to help them cross the finish line. Counselors and faculty at our middle and elementary schools are working with students to foster resiliency, identify concerns, and provide care and support. We provide a number of activities and experiences that allow students to pursue interests and passions focused in providing an inclusive experience for our students. During my classroom visits, I am witnessing positive student/teacher relationships and I see teachers providing extraordinary care for our students day in and day out. 
  • Knowing students as learners: Our leadership team is doubling down on growing our learning and application of data-informed decision making. This includes candid examinations of student performance data and getting specific about targeted interventions to support student learning. Our faculty are using their collaborative time to dissect student performance on assessments, and then using that information to drive their instructional planning, as well as to identify students who need support or extension opportunities. We are examining student performance data on a student-by-student level at all schools. Our professional development days are focused on building assessments that help gauge student achievement more precisely and will help us refine our curriculum to meet student needs. As I have visited schools, I am seeing increased evidence of data use both at the classroom and building level. 

Laurynn with grant certificateAs we continue to focus on providing outstanding instructional opportunities for all of our students, we are deeply grateful for our amazing community partners. Recently, the North Kitsap Schools Foundation provided over $76,000 (!!!) in grants to support innovative learning in North Kitsap School District. This included a surprise grant to the district of $10,000, designated specifically to start a competitive FIRST Robotics team for NKSD high school students! FIRST is an international, highly acclaimed program with over 90,000 student participants that prepares students to be competitive for jobs in the fields of technology and engineering. We look forward to fielding our team in the 2020 competitive season! I want to publicly thank our community partners, including the North Kitsap Schools Foundation, Rotary Club, Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, and the generosity of the Port Gamble S'Klallam and Suquamish Tribes. We could not offer these opportunities to our students without their support. Thank you!  

Time to PlanLast but not least, I wanted to share that we will be undertaking some very important work in the spring of 2019... and YOU are invited to join us! In February, we will begin a comprehensive strategic planning process. Our current strategic plan will expire soon, which provides us with the opportunity to chart the course for NKSD in the coming years. In this process, we will be identifying key goals, we will map out our path to attain those goals, and we will be discussing our "core values" as a school district. I will reach out in January with more specific information. Your participation and input are a critical part of a successful strategic planning process, and I hope you will consider partnering with us in this work. 

I wish you and your family a wonderful winter season. As always, please reach out with questions, concerns, or comments. Thank you for your support of our schools! 

In partnership,

Dr. Laurynn Evans


North Kitsap School District