District News & Highlights Archive

  • District to implement Test to Stay Program

    District to implement Test to Stay Program

    The Snohomish School District, the Snohomish Health District and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) recognize the importance of students remaining in school after potential exposure to COVID-19 at school but are not showing any signs or symptoms of the virus. The Snohomish School District is participating in the DOH Test to Stay Program. The program will be implemented in our schools beginning Monday, December 6.

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  • Free ACT opportunity - Juniors

    Free ACT opportunity - Juniors

    The Snohomish School District will be offering the ACT (American College Test) free of charge for all high school juniors on March 8, 2022 during the school day. This is an amazing opportunity for students to take a college entrance exam at no cost to families and for our schools to collect data that will help improve student learning.

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  • Are you ready for inclement weather?

    Are you ready for inclement weather?

    We know that our Pacific Northwest weather can be unpredictable. Please take a few minutes to review the information below so you know what to expect when there is a weather event. It’s difficult when things happen that are out of our control, and we thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility.

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  • Sad news

    Sad news

    It is with sad news, we share the passing of retired Snohomish School District Superintendent Bill Mester. Mester died peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, November 1, after battling pneumonia. In late spring/early summer, he and his wife Fran moved to the Baltimore area to be closer to family. At age 73, he leaves behind his wife of 50 years, his two children, his daughter-in-law and his two grandchildren. Mester retired as Superintendent of the Snohomish School District in 2015, ending a 43-year career in education and 35 years leading school districts. 14 of those years were in Snohomish.

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  • Kathy Purviance-Snow recipient of Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence

    Kathy Purviance-Snow recipient of Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence

    A huge round of congratulations to Snohomish High School teacher Kathy Purviance-Snow who was named one of five educators across the nation to receive one of public education’s highest honors, the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence! The award from the NEA Foundation recognizes educators for their diligence and dedication to students, colleagues, communities, and their profession.

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  • Follow-up communication rRegarding GPHS incident

    Follow-up communication rRegarding GPHS incident

    We wanted to share with district families the message Principal Jeff Larson sent to the Glacier Peak High School community earlier today. Discrimination has no place in our schools. In the Snohomish School District, we stand with our LGBTQ+ students and honor and value the lives of each and every student, staff, and community member regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, neurodiversity, social class or disability.

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  • Communication regarding Snohomish High School

    Communication regarding Snohomish High School

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  •  Superintendent message regarding today's GPHS homecoming court selection

    Superintendent message regarding today's GPHS homecoming court selection

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  • Possible transportation impacts

    Possible transportation impacts

    The district is preparing for the possible impact that our regional and state-wide labor shortage may have upon our bus driver workforce. The possible shortage combined with normal absences due to illness and personal leave could create a situation where bus routes would have to be altered.

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  • School ventilation

    School ventilation

    Last evening (September 20, 2021) on KING 5, there was an investigation report regarding statewide K-12 school HVAC systems. In their investigation, data from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) shows that nearly 800 school buildings across the state have “poor” ratings for their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The data used to create the report was self-submitted by school districts. Snohomish School District submitted its data during the 2018-2019 school year. Districts submit scores regarding their heating systems, HVAC distribution and ventilation. We are unaware how KING 5 formulated its database and overall scores using those three data points. Click here for specifics regarding Snohomish School District ventilation.

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  • Kids’ Café has successful summer

    Kids’ Café has successful summer

    This year’s Kids’ Café Summer Meal Program was a tremendous success! We served 7,302 breakfasts and 7,954 lunches (for a total of 15,256 meals) to young people from our community.

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  • Letter from the Superintendent - August 13, 2021

    Letter from the Superintendent - August 13, 2021

    As we continue our preparations for the coming year, I want to assure our families that our #1 priority is safely returning our students to our schools and classrooms full time. As we continue to finalize those back-to-school plans, health and safety remain the utmost priority. And as we work hard to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff, we are working hard to balance that with creating as normal as possible school environment.

    As we work through the details of the return to school, I want you to be aware that our district continues to have regular discussions with the Snohomish Health District, Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal’s office and leadership from other school districts in Snohomish County and the region.

    Some current examples of decisions that have been made and communicated to us by the Washington State Department of Health are included in this letter.

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  • Back-to-School News (2021-2022)

    Back-to-School News (2021-2022)

    As we have shared with our school community, we are planning for a full-time return to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year.

    As we continue to finalize our back-to-school plans and adjust to any new guidance, our students’ and staff’s health and safety continues to remain our highest priority. Back-to-school information is located below. Please watch for details from your child’s school regarding additional school-specific information. In addition, more information is available on our school and district websites. We can’t wait to welcome you back to our schools and classrooms soon!

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  • Important family back-to-school message

    Important family back-to-school message

    We want to continue to keep you updated as we prepare for the return of all students to be in-person all day, five days per week this fall. We are excited that students will be in their classrooms with their teachers and peers.

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  • Communication from the Superintendent - June 25, 2021

    Communication from the Superintendent - June 25, 2021

    As a follow-up to the conversations occurring in our community, I wanted to provide you with information about what is/is not occurring in the Snohomish School District in regard to Critical Race Theory (CRT), sexual education curriculum and use of masks/face coverings. And more importantly, I want to emphasize that the Snohomish School District is dedicated to each and every student’s education and strives to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. Our goal is to ensure that any student who entrusts us with their education earns their diploma while having a safe and positive experience in our schools.

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District Announcements

  • District to implement Test to Stay Program

    District to implement Test to Stay Program

    The Snohomish School District, the Snohomish Health District and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) recognize the importance of students remaining in school after potential exposure to COVID-19 at school but are not showing any signs or symptoms of the virus. The Snohomish School District is participating in the DOH Test to Stay Program. The program will be implemented in our schools beginning Monday, December 6.

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  • Free ACT opportunity - Juniors

    Free ACT opportunity - Juniors

    The Snohomish School District will be offering the ACT (American College Test) free of charge for all high school juniors on March 8, 2022 during the school day. This is an amazing opportunity for students to take a college entrance exam at no cost to families and for our schools to collect data that will help improve student learning.

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  • Dear Friends - November 23, 2021

    Dear Friends - November 23, 2021

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