Superintendent's Blog

Superintend Nyland and students

From the Desk of the Superintendent

  • Collaborating for Student Success

    With commencement season and end of the 2016-17 school year upon us, our school halls are filled with excitement. From the first days of kindergarten to graduation day, Seattle Public Schools has a deep commitment to every student’s educational journey.

    Two John Hay students read with their teacher as Superintendent Nyland observes
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  • Partnership with South Seattle College offers Grads a Promising Start

    As Seattle Public Schools seniors complete their last exams and try on their graduation regalia, many experience excitement and joy alongside the uncertainty that often accompanies major life transitions. District partnerships, such as The 13th Year program, take aim to ease this type anxiety and prepare every student for life after high school.

    Three student at South's Summer Bridge program
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  • Math, Music, and Equity in Education

    During my frequent school visits, I witness how our schools demonstrate what a district can accomplish when it is committed to providing opportunity that helps every student thrive. I am grateful for our talented, passionate educators, school leaders, central office staff, community partners, and families who collaborate to ensure every student has an excellent and equitable education.

    Within the classroom and beyond school grounds, from math instruction to music education, our educators and staff are innovating and collaborating to help ignite a lifelong-passion for learning in Seattle students.

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  • Optimism for Every Student’s Future

    As Black History Month comes to a close, Seattle Public Schools continues our commitment to improving academic outcomes for all Seattle students, especially those who have been historically underserved.

    Our paramount work is to ensure every student has equitable access to a high-quality education. Narrowing opportunity gaps by addressing the whole child, academics, and social and emotional well-being, will make success for all a reality.

    Dr. Nyland, Dr. Brent Jones with two SPS students Eyoub Endris and Marquis Ellis
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  • Partnerships Bring Luminosity to Student Success

    Through positive, intentional partnerships with educators, community organizations, and families, we can support the unique strengths and needs of every child in our care. Every day our educators, staff, and community partners extend themselves just a little further to meet the needs of our students.

    Paint cans and paint cups line up for MLK mural painting event
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  • SPS Committed to Educating All Children

    Seattle Public Schools is committed to educating children regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, country of origin, or a student’s immigration status. We will do whatever it takes to make sure every student thrives and I want to reassure you, we will do everything within our power to make sure that all of our children are safe, honored, and respected while in our care.

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  • Working Together We can Realize Dr. King's Dream

    On Monday, January 16, many of us honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in marches, service days at schools, and advocacy in Olympia for the full funding of education. In his message to families and community, Superintendent Nyland reaffirms the district's commitment to realizing the dream of Dr. King.

    John Hay students with Superintendent Nyland
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  • Opportunity and Hope for the New Year Ahead

    Many celebrate the new year with revelry and festive parties. Our return to school on January 3 may not have as much celebration, but it does begin with opportunity and hope. As we enter this season of hope and opportunity, as well as challenge, our focus remains on unconditionally believing in our children and the importance of instilling positive beliefs, resilience, and hope.

    Two students at John Hay Elementary school write stories
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  • Gratitude and Opportunities

    I know that the district’s vision of every student prepared for college, career, and life is possible, but it is only possible through relationship and partnership. It is only possible when we are united in our commitment to each and every student’s success. So, I want to take this opportunity to thank you. Thank you for your commitment to Seattle Public Schools and to our students. Thank you for believing in public education

    Dr. Nyland with community partners at the State of the District
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Larry's Bookshelf

My staff knows one of my favorite past times is to read. I am excited to share with you a few of my favorite titles and what's currently on my bookshelf.

stack of books. Photo: CCAC North Library
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