Here we go!  The start of the 2017-18 school year is upon us and we’re excited to welcome back the children and families that we serve and partner with.  I’m sure your children have had opportunities to enjoy the summer sun, pursue interests and passions, work, and have fun.  I know that Aiden and Lukas (twin grandsons) are looking forward to third grade at Everson Elementary, as I’m sure your children are gearing up as well.

     The summer has been a bit busy on our end.  Both the high school and middle school construction projects have been in hyper drive.  Both projects continue to be keeping pace with original schedules and timeframes, but not without a great deal of effort.  Also, we have added a significant number of new and outstanding staff members.  We’re looking forward to having them join our team.

     You will be excited to hear about the various School Improvement efforts taking place across the district, and how they align around our four district wide work areas-Teach and Lead Well, Collaborative Culture of Continuous Learning and Growth, Authentic Engagement, and Differentiation. “NV PRIDE” has emerged as a district wide theme for the year.  You will have an opportunity to hear more about this, and participate in the effort, as the school year starts.  In the meantime, ask your principal about “NV PRIDE”.

     These past few years we have been thinking about the “opportunity gaps” that our children and families face as they navigate this world.  We want to do everything in our power to ensure that ALL children in our community have an equitable opportunity to thrive and succeed.  Of course, first and foremost for our school system, this means being the best we can be, every day, in our schools and classrooms.  In addition to our ongoing work to improve the instructional core, a number of other initiatives took shape.  Some of those include the elimination of “pay to play” and other fees, basic school supplies being provided by the district, college on our high school campus, and so on. This work will continue and expand.

     As we start this 2017-18 school year together, I want to continue to challenge us all to be “Treasure Hunters”- Caring adults who search beneath the surface to find all the talents, skills, characteristics, and intelligence that may be buried in our children and youth and can easily be overlooked.  A treasure hunter also has high expectations for all children.  This is someone who believes in you more than you believe in yourself, who believes and expects you can achieve things you may not believe you are capable of achieving.

     Let’s be treasure hunters with our own families, but let’s not stop there.  I want to challenge us all to be treasure hunters and “opportunity gap closers” for ALL children in Nooksack Valley.  Can you imagine the impact we can have on our children and community, if we all utilized our gifts to love and care for all children and families the way we desire our own children and family to be loved and cared for?

    With Excitement!  GO PIONEERS!

    Mark Johnson


    Note:  the poem below, inspired me as we start the 17-18 school year; 

    Good Morning!

    I love the way a new day feels

    Those moments when

    Yesterday’s memories

    Are slept into a docile file for later.

    When rest gives birth to new eyes

    That see a life with energy and hope

    And a chance to try again.

                            Jim R. Rogers



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    School Board Vacancy Announcement

    Dear Nooksack Community,

    Please see the below announcement for a position on the Nooksack Valley School District Board of Directors. This position will be filled by appointment by the remaining board members. The position must be filled by a registered voter who lives within District #4.

    School Board Member, Chris Haugen has resigned from his position effective immediately. The Nooksack Valley School District is currently accepting applications from community members who live within District #4.  Please click here for District 4 boundary map  or here for the street boundaries. All people interested in applying for this position on the School Board should visit our website click here for an application. Applications must be submitted to the Nooksack Valley School District (P.O. Box 4307, Nooksack, WA 98276) by August 30th, 2017.

    Thank you Chris Haugen for his years of dedicated service to the District as a school board member.

    Please contact Nooksack Valley’s District Office for additional information regarding the process for filling this vacancy on the school board.



    Mark Johnson, Superintendent


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    Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records

    This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Nooksack Valley School District of the District’s intent to destroy the special education records of former students whose special education services ended prior to or during the 2006-2007 school year, due to graduating, completing their educational program at age 21, or moving from the District. The reason the District intends to destroy the records is because they are no longer needed to provide educational services and are no longer required to be retained under state or federal law. The records will be destroyed on September 1, 2017.

    Parents/guardians or eligible former students whose records are subject to destruction may request a copy of the records prior to destruction. To request a copy, please contact Carol Lagassé at (360) 988-4754 or in writing at the following address:

    Nooksack Valley School District

    PO Box 4307

    Nooksack, WA 98276

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