Superintendent's Message

Partner with us in 2019-20 to inspire a growth mindset!

During the 2019-20 school year, we will emphasize the positive benefits of having a growth mindset to increase student learning. Inspiring and developing a positive growth mindset means we will:

  • View challenges as opportunities
  • Approach learning using different strategies
  • See mistakes and problems as learning opportunities
  • Persevere with grit and never, never give up
  • Use feedback to learn from the successes and mistakes of others
  • Think…”If I haven’t learned it yet!”, I will keep trying


Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.                                                            – Sherman Finesilver

A District Math Task Force has been established to continue the work started with the Washington State Leadership Academy during the last two years. In Arlington, our performance in mathematics is just above the state average in most grades which is around 50%. We believe that academic excellence in all areas including mathematics is vital for opening pathways for future life pursuits. This Task Force is comprised of several administrators, teachers and community members.

Consistent SCHOOL ATTENDANCE is critical for students to learn. Missed learning opportunities takes place with every absence, excused or unexcused, and can have significant impacts on a student’s success in school and life. Research reveals that missing 10 percent of school, which is about 18 days or just about two days per month, is considered chronic absenteeism and can negatively affect a student’s learning. Please partner with us to ensure your son or daughter attends schools on a regular basis.

We have caring staff who are committed to giving their best to students every day. We strongly encourage our families and community to be active partners with us to educate, prepare and inspire each student to graduate and be ready for life pursuits after high school.

I look forward to our partnership throughout this new school year.

Passionate for Student Learning!

Dr. Chrys Sweeting
Superintendent