Welcome to this new school year! It was August of 1987 when I first came to Trout Lake School to start my job as a history teacher. In that day we were in the “old school”, which today is now Camp Jonah. While that facility certainly had its limitations, I remember being very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of Trout Lake School and the community. After several days of school, I was impressed with the students and staff and the opportunities of working in a small rural school. Today, 31 years later, I still feel the same way. I believe that Trout Lake School is a wonderful place for children to go to school and that in spite of our size, there are so many wonderful opportunities for both students and staff. Indeed, my own 3 children gained a great deal from their 13 years of education at Trout Lake, and for that I am very thankful. I have appreciated the way the community has embraced the school through financial support, volunteering, raising money for scholarships, and reaching out to make a difference in the lives of individual students.
As we start the 2018-19 school year, it will be our goal to carry forward the traditions of quality education that have been part of the Trout Lake School for many years. With an outstanding, talented and dedicated staff, and students who are creative, eager, and motivated it will be our goal to make 2018-19 a great year.
In spite of recent changes to our school finance system (a loss of nearly 40% of our levy funding), the school board, administration, and staff will be working hard to honor our District Commitments:
- Providing a positive environment that supports the whole child
- Preparing students through innovative programs
- Hiring, retaining, and developing staff that are committed to teamwork, collaboration, and professional development.
- Responsibly managing District resources and taxpayer dollars
- Building and maintaining positive relationships with the community
As a side note, the district, with the help of the State of Washington, is installing flashing warning lights in front of the school. My hope was that this work would be completed by the start of school, but several parts for the project had to be backordered by the vendor. The current time table is to have the devices installed by the end of September. When completed, this project will make it safer for all those that access our school on a daily basis. I want to thank Rick Allen for his work with Senator Curtis King in securing an appropriation from the state to complete this work.
As always, if you have questions, concerns or suggestions, never hesitate to contact me.