Message from the Superintendent - May 2014
Message from the Superintendent - May 2014
Posted on 05/08/2014
SuperintendentTo Our Puyallup Staff,

 

Throughout the course of the school year we have had the opportunity to recognize our employee groups for the very fine work they do working directly with children and supporting that very important work.  As a district we have a made a very concerted effort to create partnerships with our higher education institutions to directly enhance the opportunities for both our students and staff members.

 

As many of you are aware the Puyallup School District was the very first school district in Washington and the third in the nation to create a partnership with a major university where our students receive the benefit of direct access to admission (University of Washington Tacoma) if they obtain a very achievable standard for academic performance. This partnership, called “Pathway to Promise” provides the opportunity for a post-secondary opportunity for many of our students who may have found a university education unaffordable. Thank you to our counselors, administrators, teachers, and all district staff for their support of our students towards a post-secondary opportunity (two-year, four-year, two-year tech, military, apprenticeship) following their graduation from our schools.

 

As a district we have also actively sought out an enhanced partnership to directly benefit the ongoing education for our staff members through Washington State University Vancouver. At this time it is possible for graduate programs through WSU Vancouver to be obtained right here in Puyallup through a cooperative agreement with WSUV. We are one of very few districts in the Puget Sound region to partner with a major university and host such a program on site. There are many fine choices that our staff may access in this region to further their education and to enhance their monetary compensation. The University of Washington Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma, Western Washington University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, City University, St. Martins University, and other providers all offer strong options for further education for our staff members and upward movement on the certificated salary scale.  As said before, WSU Puyallup is an option that our staff members will find here locally for program administration and school administration certification as well as master’s degree options. Dr. Glenn Malone can be contacted should you have questions about the WSU Puyallup option.

 

The effort to form such partnerships is done for the purpose of directly supporting our students and staff members as we seek the very best opportunities to continue improving our instruction, student growth and achievement.  Thanks to our certificated and classified staff members for the work you do each day to serve our children. The recent recognition the district has received for outstanding academic achievement, welcoming schools, and the success of our arts, athletic and activity programs are a great testament to the very diligent and focused work of our entire team, including certificated, classified, and administrative, working together to serve “each child” in Puyallup.

 

Thank You for your work!

 

Tim

 

Dr. Timothy S. Yeomans

Superintendent