United Sequim (US) for Sequim Schools is a group that was formed following the Sequim Community Plus meetings that focused on how best to support and promote our schools. The desire to build more positive connections between the community and Sequim public schools and to provide meaningful recognition to teachers and staff brought together a small group of interested folks.
A small, but active “steering group” has been meeting since December to define our vision and our mission, and to identify the kinds of project that would help accomplish our objectives. Our initial planning is now behind us and we’re ready to work.
The US vision statement:
A diverse community dynamically engaged in providing quality and relevant education for all our children
Our mission statement:
To develop initiatives that will mobilize and positively connect our community to the value of a strong and resilient public school system that meets the education needs of the diverse students it serves.
We’re looking for help from those who are interested in doing one (or both) of the following:
To give you an example of how we work, the steering group, in discussing various ways to accomplish out goals, came up with the idea of creating opportunities for students to serve as observers or “interns” on boards of various community organizations. There are, of course, student representatives on the City Council and the School Board, and we thought an expansion of that idea would be beneficial to students, the organizations, and the community as a whole.
We then decided to launch a pilot program, working directly with the Sequim High School Leadership program teacher and faculty mentor. We now have his enthusiastic support, a group of students who’ve volunteered to be part of the pilot, and several community organizations, such as the Sequim Y and the Shipley Center, that have signed up to participate as well. Once the pilot is complete by Spring 2018, we hope to expand the program further and make it sustainable over the long term.
A CALL FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS INTERESTED IN BUILDING POSITIVE COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS WITH SEQUIM SCHOOLS TEACHERS, STUDENTS, AND ADMINISTRATION
If you or anyone you know is interested in participating—either as a member of the informal (but very active) steering group or on a specific project, email Bertha Cooper, who is serving as the US facilitator, for more information. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach her by phone at 360-460-6000 (Sometimes, though, reception is spotty and a call will be dropped; if that happens just leave a message and Bertha will return your call.)