Jag students and families,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We hope you have had ample time to rejuvenate and relax. 
Over the summer, teachers and staff have been involved in numerous professional development opportunities to further their learning and enhance their skills. Here is a small sampling:
3 teachers went overseas and took courses to deepen their understanding of the languages they teach
7 staff members went to AVID Summer Institute 
10 staff members attended AP Training
20+ teachers engaged in collaborative curriculum development and alignment
In addition, the administrative team has spent the summer reviewing current systems, analyzing academic data, and reading about instructional leadership.
While the first day of school for students is Wednesday, September 5th, teachers will be back on August 28th to start four days of building professional development. Two essential questions will guide our work throughout these four days:
1. How can we utilize a school wide continuous improvement model to effectively monitor and increase student learning and growth?
2. How does a commitment to collective responsibility and honest dialogue create and sustain a culture where the holistic needs of each student is met?
We hope the rest of this newsletter provides you with the information you need to be well-informed heading into a new school year. If something is missing or unclear, please contact the main office at 253.435.6300 and let us know what you need. If email is more convenient, please email me at We welcome your feedback as we seek to continuously improve our communication and service to our community, but most importantly to our students. 
In service,
Richard Lasso