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Superintendent's Message

Rick Thompson

Hello Chimacum!

We had a phenomenal opening to school.  At the September 12 board meeting, I gave an update on the first few days of school.  Suffice it to say, our staff and students were ready to go.

Speaking of the Board, I’m pleased to announce that Chimacum’s Board of Directors will be co-presenting with the Freeman School District on best practices to govern a school district.  The presentation will be in November at the WSSDA Annual Conference of School Directors from all over the state.  This is quite an honor!

At the September 26 board meeting, I will provide an overview of how our students in grade 3 through 11 performed compared to their peers.  We have a lot of work to do, and I will describe what these steps will be.  Three highlights from 2018 testing:

1.       Science scores continue to be strong.

2.       Grade 3 saw some nice gains.

3.       Grade 4 saw some nice gains as well.

The Board’s goal continues to be this: out-perform Washington grade level peers.  We need everyone’s help to accomplish this.

Choose Chimacum is the name of the volunteer team, which is convening to recommend enrollment solutions.  Our team has grown to nine (9) volunteers!  Would you like to join us?  We will review some historical data and explore different school programs.  Most importantly, we will develop a lot of prioritized solutions for the school board.  We also intend to examine the themes in Thought Exchange as part of the process.  Please let me contact me if you would like to join the team! 

What is new with our public facilities? First, more work was done this summer at Chimacum Middle School.  More electric capacity, better fire alarms, carpet, and paint.  The 1999 wing of Chimacum Middle School is ready to go.  This fall, I will be recommending to the Board how we can configure our K-12 program into the best classroom spaces.  My thinking will be presented at the October 24 board meeting.

Finally, a special thanks to the Backpacks for Kids volunteers, to Z. Jack Randall for his tireless efforts on supplying emergency kits, Bob Reasoner and Robert Champang for implementing STEM activities, Jay Gilmour for bringing Dan Evans to our library, to Lee Stampfler for being a county leader in immunizations; to Linda Kostenbader for recognizing Chimacum High School students at Rotary, and finally to Gary Coyan, Reed Aubin, and Greg Reed for their support of the 2018 Farm Tour.

Please let me know how I can of help.  You may reach me at (360) 302-5896 or email rick_thompson@csd49.org.



Rick Thompson



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