July 24, 2014509.464.5500n. 428 main | p.o. box 490 | deer park, wa | 99006
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Skyward Family Access

Looking for student information? Student grades? How about adding some money to a lunch account?


Looking for what’s on the menu at your child’s school? Breakfast and lunch menus are available here.


Looking for job openings in Deer Park Schools? Follow this link to see a listing of currently available positions and to download application materials.

Washington Connection

Washington Connection is a helpful website designed to help you find and apply for benefits and programs for which you might qualify (Federal, State, and Local are included).

District Calendar

Looking for a yearly school calendar with holiday’s, school conferences, and breaks? Follow this link to see a both current and future calendars.


Information regarding the prevention of and response to harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB) in our schools.

Superintendent’s Message

Looking Forward to a Fantastic School Year in 2013-14

Having wrapped up my first month in the Superintendent’s office, I want to thank everyone for such a warm and sincere reception. A special thanks to the Board of Directors for selecting me to lead the school district as we continue to see exciting and positive changes in each of our schools.

In regard to change, I was recently reflecting that in some ways, schools today are not so much different than those of past generations. The school year is still 180 days, as it has been for the entire 19th century. Students are still expected to come to school regularly and attend classes…they have various homework assignments that need to be completed, books to read and papers to write. Teachers still matter – maybe more than ever. Excellent teaching continues to be the cornerstone of a solid academic experience. Finally, as students move from elementary to middle and high school they have the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs, activities, and athletic programs which help develop leadership skills and an understanding of how to work with others to attain a goal.

Yet, with all that said, there is no denying that over the last two decades schools have experienced a significant transformation. The way students and teachers interact and access information is much different than in the past. Just about any piece of information is accessible with a few clicks of the mouse and a few keystrokes. Hundreds of books can be accessed and read on a single tablet, PC, or Kindle. Interactive textbooks are available so that students can experience concepts through video or they can listen to the material via narration. Assignments can be completed on personal computing devices and submitted to a teacher electronically. In our increasingly digital world, teachers and students are able to interact in real time or separated by distance and time and everyone has immediate access to events occurring around the globe. Without a doubt, education has become more focused and personalized to fit students’ needs and interests.

For years, many have talked about the need for schools to teach “21st Century skills,” to explore new competencies necessary for a changed world. Often, these skills are talked about as if the 21st Century was some futuristic time. The time is now. We are in the second decade of the 21st Century and these skills are required for today’s learners. These skills include the traditional core content outlined by the Common Core Standards, ensuring that students are learning the “three Rs” at high levels of understanding. Yet, students also need to develop information, media, and technology skills to enable them to connect and interact with the world around them. Our students need to be creative, critical thinkers, who are able to problem solve, communicate and collaborate with others. And, finally, students need to have the opportunity to learn career and life skills which teach leadership, accountability, self-direction and responsibility.

It is difficult to imagine what the world will be like when today’s kindergarten students graduate from high school. Looking back just thirteen years ago, cell phones were large and cumbersome devices that did one just one thing – they placed and received phone calls (go figure!); laptop computers were considered new technology and any kind of “tablet” device was wildly expensive and only for highly specialized fields; there was no Facebook, “tweeting” was something that only birds did, and 30% of school in the United States were still without a broadband connection (compared to less than 3% today). Yes, things have certainly changed.

In the early 1900’s knowledge doubled every 100 years. By the end of WWII, knowledge doubled every 25 years. Currently, social scientists tell us that knowledge doubles every 13 months. Frankly, it is increasingly difficult to identify what careers and technologies our current students will face in their future, yet it is imperative that we prepare them to adapt to this quickly-changing environment. This is a huge challenge for our community and our schools, but one that is extremely important for the development of our students and for helping them find success.

Thank you once again for the warm welcome I have received this summer. I am looking forward to serving the students and families of Deer Park. Please feel free to stop by and say hello.



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