Dear Lynden Families,
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year. As the activities from summer wrap up and school gets started I am reminded how fortunate we are to live in such a wonderful community where we can enjoy so many good things.
The first day of school is August 31st and we will welcome over 3,000 students back to school. Staff has been gearing up, getting classrooms ready, working on curriculum and lessons, planning for the first few days, preparing for beginning of the year activities and taking care of all the details that are necessary to get schools ready for kids. We are excited for a year of learning and growing.
As we get started this year it is important to refresh our memory about why we teach and what our goals are for each student who enters our schools.
Our mission statement is that “All Students Graduate College, Career, and Citizenship Ready.” This means that when our seniors walk across the stage to receive their diploma, they will have a plan for their next steps after high school and they will have the skills and abilities to act on that plan. We will accomplish this by realizing our vision which states that we will ensure “High Quality Instruction and Learning for Every Child, Every Day, in Every Classroom.” This is a bold statement as it means we will make sure that every student is engaged in meaningful learning activities in every class, every day. This is our commitment to our kids and families.
But just by writing a mission statement and communicating a vision does not make it so. There is another element to schools that is critical to the learning process and it is the quality of relationships that students have with teachers and staff. We know that students excel when they feel known and valued by teachers. Caring for each child is an essential part of school success and it is our goal to make sure each young person who enters our classroom feels connected to school and is valued for their contributions.
We are excited for school to begin and to welcome students and families to a great year together. We appreciate you partnership. Thank you for your continued support of the Lynden School District.
Lynden School District