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By Dr. Ian Saltzman
Superintendent of Everett Public Schools 

School Celebrations in Everett Public Schools


December 6, 2019

School Celebrations in the Everett School District

What a wonderful time of year to express our thankfulness and celebrate the great

happenings around us. We have some amazing things going on in our schools in the

Mill Creek area.


Jackson High School theater put on incredible performances of “The Addams Family” in

November. I was so impressed with the skill level and overall production of their

performance. I hope many of you attended and appreciated their astonishing talent!

Jackson High School Swim and Cross Country

Congratulations to Jackson High School junior Mia Chang! She raced her way to the

200-yard individual medley title during the Class 4A state swim and dive championships

last month. Chang won two individual state titles and received 4A “swimmer of the

meet” honors. The Jackson High School boys’ cross country team finished fifth at the WIAA state

championships in November as well. We are so proud of our student-athletes!

Food Drives

All of our south end schools have been or are participating in various drives to support

the community over the holidays. Some are collecting food while others hold toy drives

and pajama drives. We have so many caring and kind students who put forth the effort

to help support those in need. What a generous community!

New School Board Member

I am pleased to welcome April Berg, a Mill Creek resident, as our newest board member

for Everett Public Schools! Ms. Berg was sworn in at the December 3 board meeting

and will be serving a six-year term. We are excited about the new perspectives she can

bring to our board and know Mill Creek will be well represented. Ms. Berg recently

served on the Capital Bond Planning Committee and helped develop the

recommendation to the board for the 2020 Capital Bond.


All of our schools incorporate the “Three R’s” of anti-bullying into classroom instruction:

"Recognize, Refuse and Report." Last month, the Forest View Elementary PTA funded a

performance by Taproot Theatre on anti-bullying into a fun student-oriented play, and

the Mill Creek Rotary Club funded the program presented at Woodside Elementary.

They performed twice at each school, with a more complicated play and deeper messaging to intermediate students and a simpler straightforward performance for

primary students. This year the incorporation of a growth mindset and grit for intermediate

students were new and echoes the messages we share with students in the building: we

learn through making mistakes and we stick with things when they are difficult to see

a way through. We want our students to hear the same messages about bullying from many

different sources so they can feel empowered to be active participants in making our

school safe for everyone. Thank you to the Forest View PTA and the Mill Creek

Rotary Club for supporting these performances!


Many thanks to Heatherwood PTA for organizing our No Vaping Pledge drive! We

currently have approximately 400 students that have taken the pledge. Pledge forms

are still available in the Heatherwood office. Jackson High School also held a very

successful No Vaping Pledge drive this fall, led by freshman Katerina Vaagen.

As you can see, we have many things to celebrate this holiday season. We have a

school district full of amazing students, dedicated teachers and staff, and passionate,

committed volunteers and families who are all doing amazing work. I am grateful to

work in such a dedicated school.


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