Dear Pullman Public Schools Families,
As superintendent of Pullman Public Schools, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year, my fifth year with this learning community! We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms. It is our mission to “Ensure learning while challenging and supporting each student to achieve full potential" and we look forward to partnering with you to achieve it.
As we embark on the new year, I want to take a moment to share some of the highlights from the first week of the 2017-2018 school year. At every school, staff and students greeted the day with enthusiasm and energy. I also observed the following:
• Pullman High School students arriving to class early and being greeted by their teachers and support staff.
• Lincoln Middle School students engaged in and modeling Spartan Spirit facilitated by school staff.
• Franklin Elementary students presenting an assembly to teach everyone school expectations.
• Jefferson Elementary students practicing routines and staff modeling engagement strategies.
• Sunnyside Elementary students and staff practicing routines and positive behavior strategies.
This year, as we continue to move forward under our state’s new funding system and challenging academic standards, we are seeing so many positive changes. Our students are thinking critically and finding solutions to complex problems. We see rich discussions in classrooms and deep thinking on the content students read and the concepts that they learn. They are making connections that we’ve never asked them to make before. These outcomes are going beyond the standardized test – we are truly preparing students for life after school.
We look forward to building on these successes and making even more progress this year. District-wide we are focused on our goals, including a specific focus on mathematics.
Our work is not easy, but Pullman Public Schools is a community of professionals. We all – teachers, principals, school counselors, support staff and the many others working with us – are collaborating in pursuit of our shared mission. We all have important roles to play in helping children reach their full potential, and we are proud to join forces in support of our students.
Families and other community members also play a critical role in this endeavor, as partners in supporting students at home and our work in the schools. We hope that you will join us in working towards our goals!
Pullman Public Schools is a wonderful learning community, I feel so privileged to be a part of it! This is a very special place, and my colleagues and I appreciate the trust that you’ve shown in us by sending your children here every day. We will do our best to ensure they have a fulfilling, happy and safe year.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at (509) 332-3581 if you have any questions or concerns.
I am looking forward to a great school year!
Bob Maxwell, Superintendent
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