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By Alison Brynelson

District is committed to student success


Last updated 2/5/2020 at 12:24pm

What does it take to help every student be successful? Our mission statement, printed on the board room wall and on our publications, states the district is “committed to success for every student.” Our staff work diligently on how to deliver on that mission. Below are a few examples of that work, which highlight how partnerships, belonging and relationships contribute to that success.

Mukilteo School District collaborates with outside organizations, businesses and post-secondary institutions to provide opportunities for students that extend beyond the traditional school setting.

A result of one such partnership with Everett Community College was the creation of a course called “Introduction to College: Investing in Your Future.” This course is for students who would be the first in their family to attend college. They learn about themselves, explore possible careers, gain confidence and college readiness. It is a seventh-period Running Start class located at Everett’s Corporate & Continuing Education Center, and students earn both high school and college credit.

We are currently working with Everett Community College to develop new courses in the area of Information Technology, with courses ranging from Information Technology Foundations, to Digital Forensics.

We cannot talk about partnerships without highlighting Career and Technical Education (CTE). We offer CTE courses that are hands-on technical learning opportunities in and out of the classroom to our middle and high schools. Many of these classes provide dual credit options with local community colleges.

In addition, Mukilteo is the host district for Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center, which serves students from 44 surrounding high schools in multiple career pathways such as Dental Assisting, Culinary Arts and Precision Machining. Sno-Isle TECH students can gain technical skills while earning a certificate to graduate ready to work or to move on to the next step in building their careers.

Apprenticeships have also long been part of the fabric of Sno-Isle TECH which partners with Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Council and local businesses to offer paid student apprenticeships.

These apprenticeships, dual-credit classes and even graduation may elude some students unless they are engaged in school. To stay involved in school, students must feel a sense of belonging. Schools regularly provide opportunities for students to connect with each other in significant ways.

I recently attended the Mariner and Kamiak high schools’ Martin Luther King Jr. assemblies, and saw the celebration of diversity with impressive student speakers, dancers and singers. Their strong message not only reminded me of the talent of our students, but of the importance of developing awareness, appreciation and value for other cultures. I am proud of our students and applaud them for their work.

Developing positive relationships with students is also key to student success as they help students feel valued and encouraged. Our staff work to develop such relationships daily.

Thank you to our bus drivers who greet students as they board the bus to let them know they are seen. Thank you to every office staff member who listens and responds to students’ needs. Thank you to every teacher who works with other teachers behind the scenes to support a student who is struggling, and the many others whose actions and caring touch children’s lives. These intentional efforts are the glue that keep students in school and engaged in learning.


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