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Superintendent's Spring Update

Robotics Fair 2019

Dear Chimacum Community:

The class of 2019 graduation is only a few weeks away.  My wife and I received our first graduation announcement recently in the mail.  Such an exciting time for students their families.  I look forward to seeing you at Commencement on June 8.

I hope you had a chance to see or hear about Chimacum’s first Robotics Competition held Saturday, April 13.  It was well organized by fifth grade teachers with a special shout out to Maddie Webb who put in lots of time to make this event a success.  Parents, community, students and other competitors came together for an important experience.  I cannot say thank you enough to all who were dedicated to make this happen.

Have you ever thought about serving on your local school board?  Our website (www.csd49.org) has the most recent information about how to run.  Note: you must file by May 17 to be on the ballot.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to learn more or have any questions.

Shout out to our community members who helped the district receive a state grant for school gardens in the amount of nearly $100,000.  This investment will add to our ability to have school gardens, as well as produce for our school lunch program.  The best news: The grant will apply to the main campus and Primary School campus.

Another shout out to community members Mark Bauserman, Jack Randall, and Ginny Munger.  They are volunteering their time to help the district plan for natural and man-made disasters.  We will continue to prioritize emergency preparedness in the future.  Great strides have been made in gathering emergency supplies and in staff training.

Beginning this fall, the new grade level configuration will be: K-2, Preschool, and Head Start at Chimacum Creek Primary; grades 3-6 will be located in the newly refurbished classrooms in the current middle school building, and grades 7-12 will be located on the high school campus.

Expect to see a wide variety of capital projects this summer, thanks to your generous 2018 Capital and Technology levy investment.  We are nearing a 1:1 student to computer ratio across the district.  New technology has been ordered for Chimacum Creek Primary School.  These improvements have been made using your levy investments.

Finally, please join me in thanking our staff and community volunteers who grappled with a number of enrollment solutions.  Committee members are Shelby Smith, Jenny Vervynck, Melinda Miller, Courtney Mosher, Tamara Meredith, Sarah Martin and Alan Hinds.  Their work will serve the district well both now and in the future.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.

Sincerely,

Rick Thompson

rick_thompson@csd49.org

(360) 302-5896

 





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