Superintendent's Message

Superintendent, John Schieche
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Welcome Back Staff & Students
 
We are so thrilled to welcome our students, staff and families back for the 2019-2020 school year. Since I began as your superintendent in East Valley in 2002, our district has seen significant changes in our community, our school facilities, state legislation and school policy. Many of these changes have shifted the strategies we use to educate our children and many aspects associated with our district operations. Through all of these, one thing has remained consistent, we value strong partnerships with our community that support us in providing innovative, challenging and safe educational experiences for all of our students. 
 
As we move into this new year, we are committed to ensuring that our classrooms and schools are inviting, engaging and empowering for our students and our staff. With a keen focus on providing quality services for our students, parents and community throughout the year, you will be asked to complete customer service surveys to tell us how we’re doing in meeting your needs and expectations. These quick surveys will help guide us in providing enriching environments for each and every student to succeed.
 
We look forward to continuing the growth we have seen in the last few school years and to working together to ensure the values and culture of our East Valley Schools reflect strong connections with students and only the best instructional practices to meet the needs of every child, in every classroom, every day.
 
Again, welcome back! 
John Schieche
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Congratulations Class of 2019
 
Graduation is a time of celebration for our district as we release a wonderful group of students out into the world that lies ahead of them. It is also a time of recognition and thanks to our employees and our families who have worked tirelessly over the years to invest in each and every one of them. It is your dedication and love that has empowered them to achieve their highest potential in life.

It is with great pride that we are able to honor our East Valley High School, Class of 2019 as our newest East Valley alumni!

We invite you to join us in congratulating our graduates on their accomplishments and ask that you continue to support them as they trudge forward into college and the careers that they are about to embark on. They are the ones who will inspire change in our community and impact our world. They are our future.
 
With respect and admiration, Congratulations Class of 2019!
John Schieche
Superintendent of East Valley Schools
 
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Celebrating Our Certificated Staff
 
Every May, we have the honor of recognizing our certificated staff for their commitment to the success of our East Valley students. Next week, along with districts across our state and country, we will have the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate their hard work and dedication during National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10, 2019).
 
The impact of our certificated staff is so important to the future of our students, our schools and our community. They come to work, in their various roles, every day to not only teach our kids academic content, but also to lead them to become the best versions of themselves through the connections they make with each and every one of them. It is the time that they invest in getting to know our students that shows how deeply they care. It is the high standards that they hold them to that empowers them to seek their highest aspirations and it is the passion that they show for their profession, that inspires our kids to follow their own passion and turn their dreams into productive and rewarding realities.

We ask that you join us in recognizing the impact they have on the lives of our students, the futures they build and their outstanding dedication to our community.
 
Thank you,
John Schieche
 
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Friday, April 5, 2019 
Always Improving. Committed to Student Success. 
 
Spring is a busy time for our schools. State testing is just around the corner and the end of the school year is fast approaching. We want to remind families to make sure that students are coming to school on time, every day, so that they don’t miss key instructional time with their teachers right before the test. We also recommend that students get a good night’s rest the night before testing and a healthy breakfast the morning of. We want to make sure our students are ready and prepared for the rigorous tasks they will be asked to perform.
 
Spring is not just for testing, it is also a time for recognizing excellence. It is the time of year when we have the opportunity to put a spotlight on our employees for their dedication to our schools and students all year. Last month we had the honor of recognizing our classified employees who work diligently every day to support the education of our children in East Valley. During the week of May 6-10th, we will have the opportunity to thank our certificated staff for all that they do to impact the lives of our students.  We ask you to join us in celebrating our East Valley staff and all that they do for the future of our community.
 
After a very wintery return from break, it seems like the snow melted just in time for the first day of spring. To make up for lost instructional time due to our snow days, we will be extending the school year.  Our last day of the 2018-2019 academic year will now be June 13th. For more information about the changes made to our academic calendar, please reference our spring announcements on page 7.
 
Thank you for your continued support of our schools,
John Schieche
Superintendent 
 
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Celebrating Our Classified Staff
 
This week, along with districts across the state and country, we are honored to celebrate classified employee appreciation week in the East Valley School District .
 
Classified staff are our employees who support the education of our students by managing front offices, preparing and serving lunches, tending to sick kids, working in small groups with students to provide academic support, keeping school grounds, buildings and buses maintained and safe, transporting our students to and from school, keeping kids safe on our playgrounds and for making sure computers and classroom technology continue to function and so much more. It truly takes all employees working together to educate our students. The support our classified employees provide our district is critical to student success.
 
I encourage the entire community to join me in celebrating these dedicated and hardworking team members for their commitment to providing high quality education and positive experiences for our children, every day, in every school across our district. Classified employees deserve our gratitude and appreciation not only this week, but all year long for their important contributions to our community.
 
Thank you classified staff for all you do!
John Schieche
Superintendent
 
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Thursday, March 7, 2019
A SNOWY SITUATION
 
Although the groundhog predicted spring, all we saw was snow this February. We know that when bad weather hits the Yakima Valley, parents are anxiously waiting to hear whether our schools are going to be on-time, delayed or cancelled.

Over the last few weeks, we've been asked a few great questions...
 
1. Why don't we make our decisions and announcements the night before?
We simply don't know what our decision will be until the morning of. Weather forecasts/weather conditions can change, as can the roads. In the past when we have announced delays the night prior and then had to change to cancellation, we had confusion and frustrated families that had to, once again, change their plans. We have found that it is best to make our decisions and announcements when we have the most accurate information available.
 
2. Why do we have school when other local schools don't?

We don't make our decisions based on what other districts are doing; we base them on the conditions in our district, on our roads. We wake up and begin driving roads at 3:30 in the morning. We assess road conditions to determine whether our buses can safely transport students to and from school. Once we are ready to make our decisions related to transportation and school operation, we try to send a notification out to the news media and our families no later than 6:00 AM. If weather conditions change significantly and our delay turns into a closure, we will try to send an update to our community by 7:30 a.m.
 

3. Will we have to make up our snow day?
As soon as we can be sure that additional winter storms will not initiate further school closures, we will review our academic calendar and communicate potential changes to our families.
 

We thank our families and staff for your patience and understanding through this wintery weather. We always encourage families to prepare for inclement weather and make sure to have a care plan in place for children, should you need to report for employment. For more information about our weather notifications, visit https://www.evsd90.org/apps/pages/weather
 

Our doors and phones are always open. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.
 
Sincerely,
John Schieche
Superintendent
 
 
Friday, February 1, 2019
 
As we have begun to review mid-year assessment data, we are encouraged by the high levels of student growth and achievement we are seeing in our buildings. We know that this is a direct reflection of the hard work of our teachers and administrators to develop targeted educational plans to meet the needs of all East Valley children.
 
 
We also recognize that there is a direct relationship between missing fewer than 2 school days each month and academic success. Knowing this, we have focused on continued improvements in student attendance over the last few school years. This year our percentage of students attending 90% of the time is up by 4%, or approximately 120 students. It is encouraging to see our students and families prioritizing education and being on time and present in our schools.
 
 
With state testing scheduled to start after we return from spring break, we want to remind families to stay engaged and communicate with your children about where they feel they need support. If your child is struggling in school, please contact their teachers so that we can get them the help they need now!
 
John Schieche
Superintendent