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Submitted by David Peterson, Superintendent, North Mason School District

The North Mason School District’s motto is “To Educate, Empower and Inspire All Students.”

The motto comes from our district’s strategic plan, developed with the participation of over 100 community members and many staff members. We expect all students to meet or exceed high academic standards by acquiring the knowledge and skills essential for success on state and national assessments, in post-secondary education, the world of work and citizenship. While the motto is simple to remember, it is an enormous task. Fortunately, the district has a highly professional and dedicated staff and a community that is engaged in and supportive of the schools.

Parents, community members and local businesses offer strong support for the district, which consistently passes school levies including a $49 million capital projects bond that is allowing us to build a NEW HIGH SCHOOL opening fall 2015, fully modernize the current high school to become a quality middle school, and complete several other important safety and mechanical improvements across the district.

Kids who go to school here are lucky. It is a beautiful place to live, work and go to school. The district serves the families living in our semi-rural area including the towns of Allyn, Belfair, Tahuya and Grapeview, as well as Dewatto and the tri-lakes area of Mission, Tiger and Panther Lakes. The district has a comprehensive high school, one middle school, two elementary schools and two alternative programs meeting the needs of 2,200 students.

Parents and community members are actively involved in our volunteer programs and many community groups partner with the district to support families beyond basic education. Through the generosity of the community, last year’s seniors received nearly $1 million in scholarships to higher education.

We are proud to have successfully improved student performance in core subjects while protecting our liberal arts values of educating “the whole child” and providing a large number of clubs, activities and athletic programs that engage over 75 percent of our students. We are finding ways to increase services to students and families while being conservative stewards of taxpayer money. Staff members are helping students master a much stronger set of basic skills as well as becoming independent, complex thinkers able to keep up with a dynamic world.

With our community, we are working to make sure our schools are good places to learn. We are succeeding.

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