Dear Shoreline Schools Community,
We have passed the midpoint of the 2014-2015 school year. Our elementary students have celebrated the milestone of 100 days in school and our secondary students have finished the first semester.
I too have completed the initial phase of my first year in the District and have moved from data gathering in my entry plan to analysis of the data I have collected. It is a reflective time for students and staff as we think about what we have accomplished so far and what goals we have for the rest of the year.
In a similar vein, I reflected on my own experiences in science and mathematics classes as we highlight Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in this edition of Flagship. I was fortunate to have many wonderful science and math teachers throughout my life. They inspired me to take more science and math than I would have if it had not been for their passion and interest in these subjects.
Although I did not pursue a STEM career, I use the practices and skills gained in those classes on a daily basis in my work as superintendent. When approaching a problem, I try to think with precision and persevere in working toward solutions, both skills which my math teachers emphasized. My science teachers taught me that using data to draw conclusions was the way to analyze a potential answer to a question.
Throughout the year, I have visited classrooms where students are testing their hypothesis using the scientific method and learning to code and create applications.
I have attended science fairs where entire families are enjoying STEM activities together. Students create robots, observe habitats, conduct experiments, and work together to solve complex questions - not only gaining content knowledge, but also invaluable skills. Some of them, inspired by their families, teachers, opportunities and experiences in school, will choose to pursue STEM careers. Others will choose to travel alternative career paths.
In either case, the habits of mind and practices that they are learning now will benefit them in a rapidly changing world where knowing how to reason, work as a part of a team and solve problems are necessary for success in all careers.
As spring begins, I hope that many of you will have the opportunity to attend a music performance, sports contest or other activity at one of our schools. All of our school events are online at shoreline.tandemcal.com and sports schedules at wescoathletics.com.
Sincerely, Rebecca Miner