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    Superintendent's End of School Year 2016-17 Message
    Posted on 06/26/2017
    Students walk in together during graduation ceremony

    Thank you for a great year

    Dear Seattle Public Schools Families:

    As we close out the 2016-17 school year, I want to thank you, our students and staff, for an incredible year. Last week, close to 3,000 students earned their diploma from Seattle Public Schools.

    Many people, most importantly our families and educators, have supported these students along their journey from kindergarten to graduation. Our graduates are leaving us prepared and ready to participate in a democracy, positively improve our community, and enter a career or extend their education. I hope they are also leaving Seattle Public Schools fulfilled, connected and thriving.

    Together, as a system of schools serving over 54,000 students, we have accomplished great things this year. Below is a video with just a few accomplishment highlights. Thank you to our families, the City of Seattle, our community based partners, Seattle Council PTSA, labor partners, and many others who helped our schools and the district make so many gains.

    If you have a student coming back to Seattle Public Schools in the fall, we will be working hard over the summer to prepare for a great 2017-18 school year. Our staff will be opening five new school buildings, preparing new classrooms, participating in trainings, and creating the conditions for student success. Building on this year’s positive relationships and beliefs focus, we look forward to greeting your child on the first day of school, getting to know you better and partnering to ensure your child’s story, strengths, and needs are known and supported.

    Over the summer months, district staff will continue to have public meetings and opportunities for families to engage. This information will be communicated on our website and through social media. If you have not already, please connect with us via Facebook and or Twitter.

    I hope you have the opportunity this summer to spend time with your family, friends, and loved ones. I will be doing the same and taking some time to rejuvenate in July in preparation for next school year.

    It is a privilege to serve you, your child and this district. If you ever have questions, please contact Public Affairs at

    Warm wishes,

    Dr. Larry Nyland,