District News

  •  Watson Stillwell

    Student artists recipients of Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

    We are excited to share this year’s regional award recipients of the 2024 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards! More than 400 teens across Snohomish County submitted 769 pieces of artwork, and 211 pieces received regional honors. Of the 211 pieces of artwork, 51 pieces were created by students from Glacier Peak High School (GPHS) and Snohomish High School (SHS)!

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  •  Kathy Derks and Alisa Ashmon, Golden Apple Award winners

    Kathy Derks and Alisa Ashmon named Golden Apple Award recipients

    Our district's first Golden Apple Award recipients are Kathy Derks, bus driver, and Alisa Ashmon, science teacher and Glacier Peak High School! We are so excited to be able to recognize these two amazing team members! Read more about Kathy and Alisa, and their nominations at www.sno.wednet.edu/goldenapplerecipients. The Golden Apple Award recognizes staff members for their above and beyond service to help create an educational community that ignites a passion for learning where every student is known and empowered along with exemplifying Snohomish School District’s core values of being student-focused, cultivating a culture of belonging, and an equitable, caring environment for others to thrive.

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  •  Kindergarten and new student restoration

    It's time to register for the 2024-2025 school year!

    Mark your calendars for our Spring Into Kindergarten event. All 2024-2025 kindergarten families and students are highly encouraged to attend and register on this day. Spring Into Kindergarten will be held on Thursday, March 7, from 4-6:30 p.m. at district elementary schools. Click here to learn more about this annual registration event, as well as registration information for new district students, Transition to Kindergarten, ECEAP and Developmental Preschool for the 2024-2025 school year.

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  •   standard response protocol icons

    Emergency standard response protocol

    The safety of our students and staff is our priority. The Snohomish School District utilizes the “I Love U Guys” Foundation’s programs for crisis response and post-crisis reunification. Our standard response protocol includes: HOLD, SECURE, LOCKDOWN, EVACUATE, and SHELTER. Visit www.sno.wednet.edu/safety/response to learn more about our district standard response protocol and safety and security response definitions.

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  •  February Cultural Awareness and Recognitions: Black History Month and Lunar New Year

    February Cultural Awareness and Recognitions: Black History Month and Lunar New Year

    In the Snohomish School District and community, we honor and recognize our diversity. Please join with us this month as we acknowledge Black History Month and the Lunar New Year.

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  • Cha-cha-cha Chia! 8th grade art students embark on a Chia Pet pottery adventure

    Who remembers the Chia Pet? Emily Cole's 8th grade art students at Centennial Middle School recreated the iconic 1980s figurines. The Chia Pet project allowed the talented art students to showcase their innovation and create any figurine they could imagine out of terracotta clay. The project was a success and even touched on subjects such as, history, biology, and culinary arts. What resulted was a modern and unique take on a classic! To read more about the Chia Pet project, please visit www.sno.wednet.edu/news/chiapet.

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  •  Snow days & weather events

    Snow days & weather events

    As we head into winter, a reminder regarding school closures, delayed starts and limited transportation (snow) routes and schedules. If inclement weather conditions occur, the district office will decide whether to: Hold school (regular hours); Hold school (delayed start) - All schools will start two hours late; or Close school. Learn more by clicking here or visit www.sno.wednet.edu/weather.

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  •  Middle school graphic

    Message from the Superintendent - Middle school reconfiguration

    We want to share information about an upcoming consideration that will impact the structure of our school system. The district is recommending the reconfiguration of our schools by moving 6th grade to our middle schools, thereby creating K-5 elementary schools and 6-8 middle schools. The reason we are looking to reconfigure is based on the academic and developmental needs of our students. Click to read more about this recommendation, the “why,” timelines, and how you can get involved.

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  •  January Cultural Awareness and Recognitions: Poverty Awareness Month

    January Cultural Awareness and Recognitions: Poverty Awareness Month

    January is Poverty Awareness Month. It was first recognized in 2009 yet remains a topic which is sometimes overlooked. According to the 2020 Census Report, approximately 10% of households in the United States live at or below the poverty line. In Snohomish County, the numbers are similar. On average, one out of every 10 households is directly impacted by poverty.

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  •  December Cultural Awareness and Recognitions

    December Cultural Awareness and Recognitions

    During December, there are no month-long recognitions; however, as with other months, there are daily observances which have been identified. One of these is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3.

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  • Lions Club vision screening

    Coming into focus: Lions Club partners with district to improve student well-being

    Annual vision screenings in our schools are helping find students whose vision may be impacting their development, learning, and even classroom behaviors. Through our district’s partnership with the Snohomish Lions Club, each year about 5% of district students are identified as having vision issues needing follow-up care.

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  •  November Cultural Awareness and Recognitions: Native American Heritage Month

    November Cultural Awareness and Recognitions: Native American Heritage Month

    Native American Heritage Month was first recognized in 1990 after approval of a resolution by President George H. W. Bush. Since then proclamations have been made each November under various names, including National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

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  •  School Veterans Day assemblies

    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 10.

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  •  Tiffany Iverson and Jordan Johnson

    Tiffany Iverson and Jordan Johnson named Golden Apple Award recipients

    Our district's first Golden Apple Award recipients are Tiffany Iverson, paraeducator at Central Emerson Elementary (Emerson Campus), and Jordan Johnson, band teacher at Snohomish High School! We are so excited to be able to recognize these two amazing team members! Read more about Tiffany and Jordan and their nominations at www.sno.wednet.edu/goldenapplerecipients. The Golden Apple Award recognizes staff members for their above and beyond service to help create an educational community that ignites a passion for learning where every student is known and empowered along with exemplifying Snohomish School District’s core values of being student-focused, cultivating a culture of belonging, and an equitable, caring environment for others to thrive.

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  • Gaining skills for life outside the classroom

    Gaining valuable skills for life outside the classroom

    District middle school students are practicing real-life skills and are gaining an understanding of many of the engineering and trade skills necessary for life outside the classroom. The engineering and computer-aided design (CAD) classes taught at Centennial Middle School and Valley View Middle School are part of the district’s career and technical education (CTE) program. Through instruction and class projects, students are gaining an understanding of engineering design, small group communication skills, machine and power tool operation, measurement, tool safety, mechanical drawing, applied math, applied physics, technical reading and writing, laser and 3D printer operation, soldering, and more.

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  •  Register today for EKG Youth Heart Screenings – November 1

    Register today for EKG Youth Heart Screenings – November 1

    Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in exercising or at play young people on school campus and is typically the result of undiagnosed structural or electrical heart disease? The best way to detect life threatening heart conditions is through a heart screening developed for young hearts that includes a comprehensive family health history, electrocardiogram (EKG/electrical) and potentially an echocardiogram (ECHO/ultrasound). Register now for free heart screenings for district youth (ages 12-24) through the Nick of Time Foundation.

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  •   October Cultural Awareness and Recognitions

    October Cultural Awareness and Recognitions

    In the Snohomish School District and community, we honor and recognize our diversity. Recognizing diversity facilitates our collective ability to support each and every student and family regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical ability, cognitive ability, background, personality, and more. Diversity presents the opportunity for critical thinking to occur through exposure to different viewpoints, life experiences, and beliefs allowing us to explore and examine our world.

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  •   Summer maintenance and custodial thank you

    Capital, maintenance, and custodial teams complete impressive list of summer projects

    Join us in a huge shout out to our capital, maintenance, and custodial teams who were incredibly busy this summer! A special thanks to our community for its continued support of our district, schools, programs, and projects!

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  •  Is your child too sick for school?

    Is your child too sick for school?

    As a parent/guardian, you can help prevent the spread of illness by not sending a sick child to school. In determining whether to keep your child home, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the following guidelines. Learn more at www.sno.wednet.edu/healthservices.

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  •  photo of a group of students

    ASB leading the way

    Area high schools come together to train in leadership to promote inclusivity and increase student involvement. Learn more about how Snohomish High School (SHS) recently hosted Glacier Peak High School (GPHS), Jackson High School, Mountlake Terrace High School, Shorecrest High School, Shorewood High School, and Stanwood High School ASB leadership students for a day of training. 

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  •  Golden Apple

    Nominate a district staff member for a Golden Apple!

    Is there a district employee who you would like the district to recognize for helping our students thrive? We are excited to share the launch of Golden Apple - an employee recognition program that will recognize two staff members quarterly for their student-centered service to students, staff, families and/or community. Staff members selected for this quarterly honor will be recognized for helping “create an educational community that ignites a passion for learning where every student is known and empowered.” Students, parents/guardians, district staff, and community members are encouraged to nominate a staff member at any time! Visit www.sno.wednet.edu/goldenapple to learn more or to nominate a staff member!

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  •  Nick of Time Foundation

    Nick of Time Foundation EKG Youth Heart Screenings – November 1

    Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in exercising or at play young people on school campus and is typically the result of undiagnosed structural or electrical heart disease? The best way to detect life threatening heart conditions is through a heart screening developed for young hearts that includes a comprehensive family health history, electrocardiogram (EKG/electrical) and potentially an echocardiogram (ECHO/ultrasound). The Nick of Time Foundation will be conducting FREE heart screenings for district youth at Snohomish High School (SHS) on Wednesday, November 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Screening appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for any child, athlete or not, regardless of where enrolled in school.

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  •  September Cultural Awareness and Recognitions: Hispanic Heritage Month, Childhood Cancer Awareness

    September Cultural Awareness and Recognitions: Hispanic Heritage Month, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Deaf Awareness Month

    In the Snohomish School District and community, we honor and recognize our diversity while also working to identify and navigate potential barriers to student growth and learning. Please join us as we acknowledge Hispanic Heritage Month, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Deaf Awareness Month.

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  •  Snohomish School District students will soon be provided with a 1:1 device to aid in their learning

    1:1 devices and Technology Protection Plan information

    Snohomish School District students will soon be provided with a 1:1 device to aid in their learning. This technology shift for the school district of providing every district student with a device (laptop, touch screen or iPad) will happen beginning with the 2023-2024 school year. As part of the 1:1 device rollout, students will be expected to bring/have a district-provided device/laptop at school every day. All students will receive district-provided devices/laptops, and students should not bring personal devices/laptops from home. The district-provided device/laptop must be charged and ready to use for classroom learning each day. When students receive a district device/laptop at the start of the school year, the student will also receive information about the district’s Technology Protection Plan.

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  •  2023-2024 multi-page district calendar

    2023-2024 district calendar available

    The 2023–2024 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 multi-page calendar are accurate as of July 2023, but may have changed due to unforeseen circumstances and scheduling conflicts. Our websites and school newsletters are excellent ways for parents/guardians to stay informed of the most up-to-date information regarding events and activities.

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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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District Announcements

  • Dear Friends - February 20, 2024

    Dear Friends - February 20, 2024

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  • 2023-2024 senior & graduation information

    2023-2024 senior & graduation information

    Our 2023-2024 high school seniors will graduate from Snohomish on Thursday, June 6 (AIM High School ) and Monday, June 10 (Glacier Peak High School and Snohomish High School). More information will be available from respective high schools in the coming months.

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  • Info for families regarding "cyber kidnapping"

    Info for families regarding "cyber kidnapping"

    Recently throughout the region, we have been made aware of “cyber kidnapping” incidents involving schools in western Washington. Here in the Snohomish School District, we have not had such an incident, but we want our families to be aware, including tips to protect yourself and your family. “Cyber kidnapping” is not actual, physical kidnapping, but a scam to extort money from victims/those impacted. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently released a bulletin warning of an increase in so-called “cyber kidnapping” cases nationwide.

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