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12/7/2017

 

Together the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and Enumclaw School District celebrated our commitment to providing a high quality and equitable education to all students. The focus during the December 4th ESD Board Work Study meeting held at Thunder Mountain Middle School was the celebration of indigenous people and cultures. During this celebration District and Muckleshoot Tribe education leaders presented to the crowd our commitment to students, learning and equity. Mike Nelson shared that partnerships such as this one are a “great strategy to build a collaborative partnership for all kids.”

In April 2016, Enumclaw School District school board members updated the mission to add ensuring the equity of to the already adopted mission of all students achieving at high levels. The addition signifies the District’s commitment to ideas and practices that embrace the Whole Child. Understanding who each child is and each child’s needs in order to experience educational success is at the District’s core. District leaders have actively engaged in equity training and implementing those ideas at each school building and in District-level departments. The work is thoughtful while honoring our students and families. Adopting Resolution #1066 Indigenous People’s Day stems from the District’s commitment to leading with equity and an educational partnership with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. District leaders presented Dr. Cathy Calvert with a framed Resolution #1066 Indigenous People’s Day.

Muckleshoot Tribe adults and students played a song of honoring using powerful vocals and drumming. Dr. Cathy Calvert spoke of the 130 year partnership between the two groups. She shared that we must honor the land and the past while moving forward with enriching education for all. The Interlocal Agreement between the two agencies provides an environment in which students are thriving. As our community changes again with the growth in Black Diamond, we welcome new families to our area which provides a wonderful opportunity to provide an equitable education to all.

Cultural Program Manager Sui-Lan Ho’okano shared her gratitude for the strong relationship between both entities and was joined by students to present small gifts to District and Tribe leaders. She summed up her thoughts by stating there are no small steps when we work together, only steps forward. The meeting was paused while everyone enjoyed a meal together to celebrate the partnership and took a photograph of all those who came to celebrate.