Friday Family Message
During my time in schools and out in the community, I am sometimes asked how they can help our schools.
Similarly, questions come up about how schools can be good stewards of our community.
In thinking about this, I find meaning in the idea that strong schools and strong communities are two parts of the same whole. Our community flourishes as the school district invests in our students' futures.
When the community invests in our schools through partnerships, service, and other local support, we better understand our families' and businesses' needs and wishes.
We look forward to continuing to build upon the bond between our students, families, and community!
On Tuesday, the School Board approved the district to file Proposition 1 with our local election offices to run the Replacement Levy on the Feb. 13 ballot.
This Educational Programs & Operations levy is not a new tax. It is a replacement for our current levy, set to expire in 2024.
It bridges the gap between what the state provides and the people, programs, and services our school district has in place and relies on.
The replacement levy will help pay for staffing and operations, including sports, most safety and security personnel, and many other staffing costs, such as teaching, nursing, and counseling.
This replacement levy will continue to fund about 16% of our total budget. A levy failure will reduce staff, programs, and student services.
Community meetings about the replacement levy coming soon!
We are also launching a series of free, public events to share information about the replacement levy and to answer questions from the public.
The first event is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Stanwood-Camano YMCA's Community Room.
Welcome to WAGAP
We are proud to be partnering with the Washington Guaranteed Admissions Program (WAGAP) to offer students who are choosing college as their next step an incredible opportunity.
WAGAP can guarantee students admission to six four-year public universities in the state if they meet these two criteria:
Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
Complete or are on track to complete by fall 2024 all the College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs)
WAGAP is aimed toward students in 11th and 12th grades to help them know they’ll be admitted to a university even before they apply!
Participating in WAGAP is just one part of our District Strategic Plan, which includes an overarching goal that every student will graduate with the skills, experience, and readiness to pursue the future of their choosing and be equipped with the knowledge, abilities, and attributes essential for a purposeful, productive, and happy life.
Learn more about our partnership with WAGAP and find helpful links to forms and more resources under the WAGAP tab on our Teaching & Learning webpage.
Learn and vote
With General Election ballots in mailboxes, here are some resources for area voters:
- Learn about Stanwood-Camano School Board and Stanwood City Council candidates by watching the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County candidate forums on their YouTube Channel
- Learn about the Camano Island Fire & Rescue levy on the agency's website
- Voters Guide for north Snohomish County
- Voters Guide for Island County
- Voter registation information: vote.wa.gov
- Stanwood-Camano School District's voter webpage
Election Day is November 7!
School Board update
The Stanwood-Camano School Board met Tuesday, Oct. 17, and authorized a replacement levy for the February 13, 2024, ballot. They also heard several updates on school district initiatives. You can read more about that meeting HERE.
The school board accepted more than $15,000 in donations from the community:
$171.61 from the Stanwood High School 4A Band Booster Club to cover the transportation costs for the band to travel to the Jazz Festival and Drum Line Festival
$5,620.22 worth of equipment, training, and event expenses from the Stanwood High School 4A Booster Club in support of the Stanwood High School Volleyball program
$7,202.44 worth of volleyball attire and equipment from the Stanwood High School 4A Booster Club in support of the Stanwood High School Volleyball program
$1,000 from the Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation through a grant awarded from the “Mimsie Metzger and Jon L. Metzger Music Grant Fund” in support of the music program at Port Susan Middle School
$2,649.63 from the Cedarhome PTO to cover the transportation costs for the Cedarhome field trips to the Kangaroo Farm, Haller Park, the Children’s Museum, Camp Orkila, and Kayak Point during the 2023-24 school year.