Dear Chimacum Community,
I first want to say congratulations to the Class of 2018. On June 9th I was inspired at the commencement ceremony. The student speeches were exceptional and I really noticed the community service priorities of the students. Earlier that week I was also pleased to see the enormous community support at the scholarship night. There are so many individuals and groups that support our students.
I want to remind all voters of the Replacement Capital Levy that will be put before voters on August 7, 2018. Ballots will be mailed in three weeks. This levy replaces the 2012 levy and continues to invest in the capital facilities and technology. I have been out in the community presenting the facts of the levy and the reception has been very positive. There are two sources of information which provide details on the levy. One is the district website and the other is the Jefferson County Auditor's website. You will see the information you need to make an informed decision. I am happy to talk with you about the levy. Simply call (360)302-5896 and let me know your questions.
Good news! This year there are four highlights about the progress our district is making. First is the high graduation rate. Second is the enormous amount of work and exceptional progress in attendance and student conduct. Third I note the high rate of participation in co-curricular activities by our students. Fourth is the number of new gifts and bequests to the district. These make our district so much stronger.
Finally, I want to share our ongoing work in school safety. This year we installed security cameras. Those cameras have been helpful in creating a new level of safety and security. We have also coordinated our efforts with local emergency responders. Community volunteers have helped update an emergency operations plan. We will also be partnering with a national consultant learning how to respond to the most dangerous scenarios.
I invite you and your family to attend a school board meeting. We meet the second and fourth Wednesday of most months at 6:00 PM in the Chimacum High School Library.
Thank you for your interest in our schools.
Rick Thompson, Superintendent