Superintendent's Message

Arlington Proud!
‚ÄčBrittany Chrys

Every day, I feel so fortunate to live and work in Arlington. When making the decision to move here several years ago, I knew there was something very special about Arlington. The people, the community, the schools and the beautiful landscape, including the Stilly River running through our town and the North Cascades standing tall beside us to the east. Arlington is an oasis located a few miles away from I-5. It is the best place to live, work and learn!

The end of this school year brings celebrations of many student learning successes. This Our Schools publication is filled with success stories and there are so many more than we have room to share. We have so much to be proud of and grateful for:

• I am proud of the growth in learning and achievement each student has made this year.
• I am proud of the amazing and committed Arlington Public Schools staff who care about each student and come to work every day ready to help each student learn.
• I am proud of the academic excellence resulting in more than 400 graduates and 11 valedictorians being honored this year.
• I am proud of the many community organizations who never hesitate to support the learning taking place in our schools, such as the Arlington Education Foundation that provided nearly $17,000 for classroom mini-grants this year.
• I am proud of the support provided by many community organizations for student scholarships honoring academic and service excellence totaling $187,210 this year.
• I am proud that we continue to work to remove barriers and ensure equity by providing school supplies for all students.
• I am proud of our efforts to connect students to career, college and vocational opportunities and our commitment to keep expanding these opportunities.
• I am proud of our efforts to lower class sizes in the early years, kindergarten through third grade.
• I am proud of our efforts to cultivate a growth mindset around mathematics so every student believes they can do math at high levels.
• I am proud of our student advisor to the board, who has served faithfully the past two years.
• I am proud that we are working on ways to address the need to replace our old buses.
• I am proud that we prioritize the safety of our students and staff and that we have taken specific actions to support this.
• I am proud of our commitment to better communicate with our families and community.

The list could go on and on. We are Arlington Proud!

In the spring issue of Our Schools, I shared with you that I am a leader who wants to hear your voices and actively partner with you to make our schools even better. Next year, “Community Voices” opportunities will take place where reps from each school will be selected to share with me what is working in our schools, what is not, and suggestions they have. If you are interested in participating in one of these events, please contact Gary Sabol, Director of Communications, at 360.618.6217 or your school/building administrator.

Your continued partnership is vital. I urge you to be engaged, involved, and share your thoughts often. Please check school and district websites for information about ways you can volunteer, participate and partner with us.

Have an awesome summer!

Dr. Chrys Sweeting, Superintendent