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Superintendent Message

September 2017

Mike Nelson




Dear Friends,

I hope this first note of the 2017 - 2018 school year finds you continuing to enjoy the warm summer days and evenings. I also hope you have experienced some adventures with family and friends. Britt and I have been blessed with several amazing times this summer with our family and friends.

As I write this letter, we are preparing to host an upcoming family event in our home. Britt’s dad turned 80 in January and her mom turns 80 in December. We decided to have a celebration for both of them in August. It was just last September when we had a 60th wedding anniversary dinner for them... and yes, they were both 19 when they married! We are loving these opportunities to honor them!

It’s hard to put into words the respect and admiration Britt and I have for these two significant role models in our lives. Their steadfast love and support for each other and for us has impacted our development through our early years of marriage when we were young adults to the present.

This year, during the gathering of all our staff, our featured speaker is Enumclaw resident Carol Decker. She will share her personal journey after developing sepsis when she was in the final weeks of being pregnant with her second child. She will share a lot of wisdom with us, particularly how she relearned skills using her own fortitude and the loving support of friends and family. She will explain how she maintained a grateful heart through the rehabilitation process. I have no doubt that this will be a memorable and impactful opening for our staff members!

When you’re put in a position to really affect young people who are going to run the world one day, if you’re able to be in their life at a young age and make a positive impact, I think that’s a beautiful thing.
                                                                                                                             - Zendaya

Britt’s parents continue to have a positive impact on Britt and me.

I believe Carol’s words will resonate with and be impactful to our staff members.

On September 5th, we (parents, educators and community members) will all have the gift to impact the nearly 4,000 students entering our school doors. I believe all of us in the Enumclaw School District are in a position to directly or indirectly impact kids, even if it is a brief encounter on the sidewalk or in a store. I hope you will join our district staff in creating an amazing environment in and out of our schools that will positively impact our youth. Like Zendaya’s quote, “I think that’s a beautiful thing!”

P.S. You have probably guessed our word for this year: Impact!

Happy Learning!

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