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Letters | Celebrate public education in the Valley next week
The 91st American Education Week is November 11 to 17. First celebrated in 1919, the purpose of this nation-wide observance is to celebrate schools and highlight the importance of public education. Good schools and a first-rate system of education are fundamental to our country’s future as a democracy. If America is to remain the world’s model for discovery and innovation, its citizenry must be highly educated.
For communities like ours, excellent schools are a source of pride. Parents and community patrons understand the importance of schools and embrace the responsibility of educating the community’s children. A strong school system contributes to the health and vibrancy of the community. And for young people, education is the key to a successful and prosperous future. Education is essential if they are to fully realize their dreams and aspirations.
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 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.
During the current school year, it is our intent to strive for even higher levels of excellence. Staff are working to provide more for our students in terms of programming, learning opportunities, and instruction. Administrators, teachers, and support staff are striving to instill in our students the knowledge, skills, and motivation necessary to successfully progress through our school system, with the ultimate goal being to graduate from high school fully prepared to enter college or the world of work.
During American Education Week this year, I invite you to learn more about our schools by visiting the school district website, www.svsd410.org. In exploring the website, you will find that administrators, teachers, and support staff are working in a dedicated and enthusiastic fashion to educate the children and young people in our schools and classrooms. You will discover that our students are exhibiting their talent, genius, and compassion each and every day.
Please join me next week in acknowledging the excellent work of the staff, and in celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of our students.
Joel Aune, Superintendent
Snoqualmie Valley School District