Reflecting on the first month of school | Tukwila School District

Judith Berry

We have finished our first month of the fall semester and reflect on how we are doing.

Enrollment

According to the district’s enrollment specialist, Carol Pizano, “Each year we have an increase from September to October, as many of our students are on vacation or out of the country. However, in 2017-18 the enrollment from September to October more than doubled from 2016-17.”

Pizano attributes the increase in enrollment to the advertisement campaign that reached more households between the week of Sept. 25 and Oct. 1 than the previous year. The 2017-18 budget was crafted assuming student enrollment of 2,725. As of Oct. 1, student enrollment count is 2,838 or 113 students more than expected. The district has made the adjustments to handle the instructional needs of all students. Welcome back students and families, we are glad you are here.

Annual calendar

The district calendar is available on the district’s website, tukwilaschools.org. Please refer to the calendar often to keep updated about planned days off, student assessment schedules, professional development days for instructional days, district holidays and more.

School happenings

In this edition of the Tukwila Reporter (pages 22-23), you will have an opportunity to meet each of the building principals who will tell you a little bit about themselves and some of the exciting things happening in their buildings to keep students engaged and growing. Just a little hint about the happenings around the district summed up best by one of our principals, Teodora Bordeanu of Cascade View Elementary, “The first couple of weeks have come and gone and our students are settling into the established school routines. The open house event for families was a success. We showcased our desire for excellence in teaching and learning, our curriculum and programs, pride in the physical space/our school, while nurturing positive relationships with our families.”

Community involvement and staff engagement

Staff members are engaged in the community and with their professional organizations to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest information that impacts our district, students and families. District administrators have been attending various community meetings.

The district co-hosted a pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship evening at Foster High School last month. Our students participated along with more than 150 community members who were looking for jobs and programs in the construction area. I welcomed the group and shared information about our district. The evening was a success with more than 20 vendors participating.

Our district linked with Amazon, Boeing and the Advanced Manufacturing Technician Consortium of Kentucky while they were in Seattle to continue planning for this curriculum in fall 2019.

Interim Tukwila School Superintendent Judith Berry can be reached at 206-901-8037 or at berryj@tukwila.wednet.edu.

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