Update from San Juan Island School District superintendent

Submitted by Danna Diaz, PhD, Superintendant

When I was searching for a way to begin writing this letter, I was wondering why is it still cold today. I wore my hat, gloves and used my space heater at work. I was pondering with the thought, thinking the beginning of spring occurs on the first day of March. I even bought spring candy! However, the groundhog did predict that we will have six more weeks of winter. I am looking forward to the spring season! Are you?

The good news is that there are many reasons to celebrate and recognize individuals and/or groups of people: March is Women’s History Month and National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. In our state and our district, we will be celebrating the classified employees for all of their contributions in our educational system. Thank you for all that you do for our teachers, students and families!

During March 6 -10, we will be implementing the Center for Educational Effectiveness Survey. The survey will be taken by the entire certificated and classified staff and additionally, students and parents. The data will help us understand building needs and understand readiness in the characteristics of high performing schools. A link will be provided via email and through our website.

In March, I plan to have Dialogue and Donuts with Danna at the schools and at the district office. I invite you to please drop in for a conversation! Below is the schedule:

Friday Harbor Middle School, 7:45-9 a.m., Tuesday, March 21

Griffin Bay School, 7:45-9 a.m., Thursday, March 23

Friday Harbor Elementary School, 7:45-9 a.m., Monday, March 27

SJISD School District Office, 285 Blair Ave., 7:45-9 a.m., Tuesday, March 28

Friday Harbor High School, 7:45-9 a.m., Wednesday, March 29

I would like to learn how I may better serve you, as well as how we can work together to conscientiously achieve the district’s mission: to promote excellence, engaging every student, every day, through superior instruction, high expectations and academic content that is both challenging and individually relevant.

If you have any questions, contact me at 370-7905 or dannadiaz@sjisd.wednet.edu.