Welcome To The 2019-20 School Year From Our Superintendent, Dr. Amy McFarland
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! It is always a pleasure to welcome new and returning students, staff and families to Chief Leschi Schools. As we begin our year together, I want to share some of the positive news happening in our schools!
This past year, our kindergarten teachers collected WaKIDS data, showing that the majority of our entering kindergarten students were ready for kindergarten! 73% of our kindergarteners met standard for literacy, 79% met standard for language skills, and 68% met standard for cognitive skills. We are so proud of our new Warriors!
Our 5th Graders participated in their first 5th Grade camp at Camp Sealth on Vashon Island this past April. Students were able to take advantage of the camps wildlife surroundings and participate in classes offered by Camp Sealth including: Marine Ecology, Forest and Wetlands, Team building challenge course, and Outdoor Survival skills. We are thrilled to offer this to our incoming 5th Graders and ignite their interest in science!
Students that were concluding their journey here at our schools showed great determination. We had 33 seniors pass national assessments, the SAT and ACT! Over 70% of our seniors had post-secondary plans and four of our seniors already earned college credit through Running Start! Our gym was filled with pride as we watched our Warriors leave to continue their journey at colleges such as Pacific Lutheran University, Pierce College, Western Washington University, Central Washington University, and Tacoma Community College.
Over the summer, our staff and students have been working hard to continue our excellence into this upcoming school year! 11th Graders Yesinia Jackson and Isabel Cruz attended the Scientific Research Preparatory Yearlong Program (SRPYP) in Yakima, Washington! Our 11th Grade scholars have learned about culture, DNA, studying effects of high blood sugar on the body and more! Way to go, Yesinia and Isabel!
Twenty-one of our students attended the Canoe Journey (Paddle to Lummi) this year with our Chief Leschi Canoe family. Students that participated will receive credit for attending this cultural event!
As we begin the school year, we are excited to continue to celebrate our students and staff. To help us showcase that excellence, I invite you to join our schools in using the hashtag #CLSExcellence to share and recognize our Leschi staff and students for all they accomplish every day!
I appreciate the continued support from our community, families, students, and staff. It is a great honor to serve you as your superintendent. I look forward to welcoming our 1st through 12 grade students back to school on September 4th and Kindergarteners, Pre-K, and FACE students on September 9th!