District Announcements

  • The Snohomish Book Café is in need of children’s books!

    The Snohomish Book Café is in need of children’s books!

    Our district Book Café needs your help! If you are interested in donating new or gently used books (grades K-8) to the Snohomish Book Café, we are happy to accept your donations!

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  • Dear Friends - December 6, 2022

    Dear Friends - December 6, 2022

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  • December Cultural Awareness and Recognitions

    December Cultural Awareness and Recognitions

    Perhaps with several major holiday celebrations during December, no recognitions were identified for the month according to PTA.org. As with most other months, there are daily observances which have been identified. One of these is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3. According to un.org, disability is a condition or function judged to be significantly impaired relative to the usual standard of an individual of their group. Referred to as “the world’s largest minority,” persons with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities, and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities.

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District News

  •  Inclement weather

    Inclement weather info for families

    We know that our Pacific Northwest weather can be unpredictable. Please take a few minutes to review this information, which includes our limited transportation (snow) routes and schedules, 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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  •  Purple Heart District designation

    District remembers and recognizes veterans, named a Purple Heart District

    The Purple Heart designation is an “Outward expression of an internal desire to recognize and Honor recipients of the Purple Heart.” The Purple Heart is presented to men and women of all military services that have been injured or killed in action against an enemy of the United States. At its October 26 meeting, the Snohomish School District Board of Directors approved Resolution 11-22  making the district a Purple Heart District. Members of VFW Post 921 and Ward Roney Jr. VFW Post 7511 were in attendance for the declaration.  

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  •  Veterans Day graphic

    School Veterans Day assemblies

    Many of our schools have planned Veterans Day assemblies in early November. All veterans, families and community members are welcome to attend any or all of these events. There is no school on Friday, November 11.

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  •  Central Emerson Elementary (Emerson Campus)

    District teams busy maintaining schools and campuses

    Our district’s maintenance and custodial teams have had an incredibly busy summer and the first few months of school! Below are just some of the summer and early fall projects that were completed or will be completed in the immediate future. As additional projects are completed in the months ahead, we will share information in future Dear Friends newsletters. Projects were made possible through funding provided by our local voter-approved levies. Thank you, Snohomish, for your ongoing support of our schools and campuses!

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  •  Help us chart our course!

    Help us chart our course!

    Help us chart our course! The school district is engaging in a strategic planning process and would like your feedback. Your feedback will help us outline the goals for the future of the Snohomish School District. At each session, participants will discuss: What is Snohomish School District doing well? What could the Snohomish School District do to improve the outcome of the goals for our child/children? The majority of sessions will be held over Zoom. We hope you will be able to attend one of the sessions so that you can provide feedback that will help us improve the education and services for our children.

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  •  Calling all Snohomish School District high school students!

    Calling all Snohomish School District high school students!

    Calling all Snohomish School District high school students! Are you interested in serving as a representative on the Student Advisory Council for the School Board? We have 10-member Student Advisory Council representative positions open for the 2022-2023 school year and invite you to submit your application by October 14, 2022. Four students (one per grade level) will be selected from each Glacier Peak High School and Snohomish High School, and two students will be selected from AIM High School. Students selected to the Student Advisory Council will receive community service hours for their involvement. Learn more and apply at www.sno.wednet.edu/studentadvisory.

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  •  Kids' Café drawing

    Kids' Café has successful summer

    This year’s Kids’ Café Summer Meal Program was a tremendous success! We served 4,431 breakfasts and 10,572 lunches (for a total of 15,003 meals) to young people from our community.

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  •  Adams selected to School Board

    Adams selected to School Board

    Sarah Adams has been selected by the Snohomish School District Board of Directors to fill the post recently vacated by Brandy Hekker. Adams was sworn into office at the Wednesday, August 24, School Board meeting.

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  •  2022-2023 calendar cover

    2022-2023 calendar & handbook

    The 2022–2023 district calendar includes important dates for many school district events and activities, as well as information we must legally provide and information we feel will be important to you. Please note that the events in the calendar are accurate as of July 2022, but may change due to unforeseen circumstances. Our websites and school newsletters are an excellent way for parents to stay informed of any changes or newly-added, adjusted or canceled events and activities. A pdf version of the 2022-2023 district calendar is available at www.sno.wednet.edu/calendar

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  •  Join our team!

    Join our team!

    We are looking for teachers, nurses, paraeducators, custodians, bus drivers, kitchen staff, pool team members, and other positions! Visit www.sno.wednet.edu/jobs or call 360-563-7233 today!

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  •  845 students to graduate from Snohomish

    821 students to graduate from Snohomish

    Commencement exercises for all three district high schools will soon be held, and 821 students will receive their diplomas. Our graduates have much to be proud of! Together, this group of students received millions of dollars in scholarships from school and community scholarship funds, community organizations, colleges, and regional and national organizations. Click for an alphabetical list of graduates by high school.

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  •  2022 WASA award winners

    2022 WASA award recipients

    The Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) – Sno-Isle Region 109 recently recognized these local groups for their unique contributions to the Snohomish School District. Citizens for Snohomish Schools received the 2022 WASA Community Leadership Award, and the Snohomish School District nursing team was the recipient of the 2022 WASA Staff/Student Leadership Award. We are thankful for their contributions to our district and community! 

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  •  Kathy Purviance-Snow receives national recognition

    Kathy Purviance-Snow receives national recognition

    Congratulations to Snohomish High School teacher Kathy Purviance-Snow who has been named 2022 NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence national award winner! This award from the NEA Foundation is one of public education's highest honors.

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  •  School immunization reminder

    School immunization reminder

    It is important to make sure your child goes to their regularly scheduled wellness appointments, which often include immunizations. The summer months are a great time to get your child caught up with immunization requirements before the 2022-2023 school year. Schedule your appointments early, as health care providers’ schedules quickly fill up in August and September. Make sure to turn in your updated immunization paperwork to the school by Wednesday, September 7.

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  •  Senior & graduation information

    Senior & graduation information

    Congratulations graduates! Learn more about our AIM High School, Glacier Peak High School and Snohomish High School 2022 graduation ceremonies.

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  •  Thank you Snohomish Lions Club!

    Thank you Snohomish Lions Club!

    Members of the Snohomish Lions Club recently presented the district with a second Spot Vision Screener. These devices, which cost about $7,000 each, are essential to school nurses who use them to screen students, monitor on-going vision concerns presented by staff and families, and provide data for evaluations.

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  • Glacier Peak High School student theatre presents Cinderella

    Are you ready for a little magic in your life? Come see the musical Cinderella presented by theatre students at Glacier Peak High School (7401 144th Place SE in Snohomish). Cinderella premiers Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. Other dates include Thursday, April 28; Fridays on April 22 and April 29; and Saturdays on April 16, April 23 and April 30. Showtimes are 7 p.m. with additional 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays. Click here for ticket information.

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  • Snohomish High School student theatre presents Once Upon A Mattress

    Snohomish High School student theatre presents Once Upon A Mattress. Based loosely on the fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea,” this family-friendly musical has been delighting audiences for over 60 years! Performances will be held May 6, May 7, May 13, May 14, May 20, and May 21 at Snohomish High School (1316 Fifth Street in Snohomish). Evening performances each day at 7 p.m., Saturday matinees at 1 p.m.

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  •  Speak Up!

    Speak Up!

    Rather than focus on or highlight hate, we would like to take this opportunity to look at how we can continue to move forward and work to be better with one another. We can start with increasing our awareness of hate speech and engage in conversations around how to address it and support those impacted by it. To be clear, hate negatively impacts everyone.

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  • Snohomish students outperform state testing averages

    The percentage of Snohomish students who took the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) in fall 2021 and met the state standard in English language arts (ELA) exceeded the state average at every elementary, middle school and high school grade level.The percentage of Snohomish students who took the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) in fall 2021 and met the state standard in English language arts (ELA) exceeded the state average at every elementary, middle school and high school grade level.

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  • Thank you Snohomish!

    On behalf of our students, school board and staff in Snohomish School District, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our Snohomish community. Your support for the Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy and the Replacement Levy for Technology, Safety and Facility Improvements is invaluable to the education of our students.

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  •  Electric school bus

    It’s electric!

    The district is now the owner of an electric school bus! The Electric Type C Conventional 71-passenger Blue Bird school bus was purchased with the help of a $300,000 Department of Ecology grant.

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  •  Two students work on a project using a laptop in class

    More savings for taxpayers as second bond refinanced

    Snohomish school leaders saved local taxpayers money $818,990 over the next two years by refinancing an existing school construction bond.

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  • A paraeducator hands a football to a student during recess

    Assisting student learning inside and out of the classroom

    Learning assistants (paraeducators) provide individualized instruction and support to students.

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  •  A teacher in front of her classroom

    Students, staff welcome return to classrooms

    The noisy school halls are music to the ears of staff and the almost 9,300 students who returned to full-time, in-person learning this fall.

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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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