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    Collaborating for Student Success
    Posted on 06/09/2017
    Two John Hay students read with their teacher as Superintendent Nyland observes

    Collaborating for Student Success

    With commencement season and end of the 2016-17 school year upon us, our school halls are filled with excitement.

    I am fortunate to be part of a community that so highly values the success of all young people. From the first days of kindergarten to graduation day, Seattle Public Schools has a deep commitment to every student’s educational journey. The district is committed to a vision of equitable access to high-quality education and social-emotional growth for every student in our care.

    A huge thank you to our community partners who help us work toward educational equity. South Seattle College and Seattle Public Libraries are two of the many shining examples of our partnership work.

    South Seattle College is helping us prepare young people as they transition to college or career. Their 13th Year Promise Scholarship is helping more Seattle Public Schools students pursue the dream of higher education. The scholarship offers recipients from three high schools one year tuition, an innovative student orientation, and robust ongoing support. The expansion of the scholarship program to West Seattle High School next year is helping prepare even more young people for career, college, and life.

    Read more about our partnership with South Seattle College.

    Recently, I was fortunate to visit Loyal Heights Elementary School that, along with Graham Hill and Leschi, took home the 2017 Global Reading Challenge. The Seattle Public Library reading competition for fourth and fifth graders helps cultivate the joy of reading as the students delve into the annual book selection.

    Check out the 2017 Global Reading Challenge book list for summer reading suggestions.

    I am grateful for the extraordinary efforts from our community partners, Board of Directors, families, staff, and educators who have worked collaboratively and tirelessly to accomplish all we have this year.

    2016-17 has been a challenging but incredibly important year.

    By now, the district’s budget shortfall is likely regrettably familiar. Although the Washington Legislature has partially acted on their responsibility to fund K-12 education, we continue to face the reality that our state has been underfunding compensation for school district staff for more than 30 years.

    Caring, well-supported educators and school staff are the single most important factor in ensuring all students achieve. Our educators deserve to get paid fairly for their expertise and dedication.

    As the Legislature continues through a special session in June, we need to ensure our representatives hear that we expect, and will work to ensure, that every student in Seattle has access to a great public education.

    We are all in this together. As we proceed, we will continue to engage and collaborate with our community to build district relationships that boost improved outcomes for our students.

    When we work together, Seattle Public Schools is better equipped to provide high-quality and accessible public education for every child.

    Your feedback and ideas help our community move forward. If you ever have questions or concerns, you may contact me directly at or

    Warm regards,

    Dr. Larry Nyland