Message from the Principal

February 2017

Dear Washington Families:

It is difficult to believe that we are halfway through the school year.  If you are like me, you can’t wait for the warmer days of spring when the sun is out, when we can open our windows to bring in the outside air and participate in all the wonderful outdoor activities we have available in our area.

I hope you were able to come to the PAC on January 25th to watch the documentary, TEACH, that was hosted by our incredible PTSA.  I found it to be very accurate in the way it followed the life of teachers in the classroom. 

Washington Elementary, like all elementary schools, has a significant number of students who come to us each day with challenges.  Our mission as educators is to help each student achieve at high levels.  What we learned from the documentary parallels our daily experiences. 

I have shared before the importance of a quality teacher in the life of a child and what the documentary showed was that even the most energetic and charismatic teachers need specific skills to help each student achieve.  Teachers at Washington Elementary work collaboratively to specifically target student academic deficiencies.  We spend time looking at data that helps paint a picture of each student and provide the direction for intervention and extension.  It is, in large part, why Washington Elementary achieved the Washington Achievement Award, the state’s highest honor, 3 consecutive years.  It is the quest for high levels of achievement for each student that drives our work every day.

I am proud to brag about our teachers and support staff that are making a difference in the lives of children.  It is not an easy profession but what we learned from the documentary is that if focused on the right things, anything is possible.  Student achievement is both a challenge and our greatest reward.

Thank you to the Washington Elementary PTSA for bringing TEACH to Wenatchee.  It was both affirming and inspiring.

In partnership,

Keith Collins