|Dr. Jerry A. Lewis
Dr. Lewis is entering his 20th year with the White Salmon Valley School District. He has served in a variety of capacities including High School CTE Teacher, Career and Technical Education Director, District Technology Director, District Computer and Networking IT Support, Deputy Superintendent, and Superintendent. He received his Superintendent’s Certificate from Washington State University and his doctorate in K-12 Teaching and Leadership from Walden University. Jerry was one of 26 superintendents selected nation-wide in 2013 to participate in the first AASA National Superintendent Certification program. He graduated from this two year program on February 26, 2015. This year he will serve as the ESD112 Southwest Washington Regional Superintendent Chair.
Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!
Our district will begin the new 2016-2017 school year on August 30, 2016. The district will have many new staff joining our district team this year due to retirements and staff changes. These changes have created a very busy summer for our district administrative team. New staff joining our district this year include an assistant principal, teachers, para-educators, bus drivers, and support staff. In addition to new hires, we have some teachers that will be teaching at different grade levels and in different buildings. We are excited about the changes and in bringing new staff on board to help us provide a quality education for each of our students.
The work of the district continues to be very busy and challenging as we deal with the many current state initiatives. The district will continue to work on the 2nd year of implementing our new K-12 math curriculum. We completed the 2nd year of the new state assessment for Language Arts and Math. The administrative team spent time this summer reviewing student data and we were pleased to see some improvements in various grade levels. The elementary school has worked hard to make improvements for its English Language Learners (ELL) and SPED students and is are seeing positive results from the recent state assessments. Strategies we have learned from this process will be used to help us strengthen our teaching and learning support for grades 4-8.
Each building and the district has revised and updated their school improvement plans for the 2016-17 school year, reviewed them with the school board and received their approval. The district will continue to work on the state required K-12 implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards this year. Our next district curriculum adoption cycle will involve K-12 writing. This process will continue throughout the school year with final recommendations being presented to the school board for their approval at the end of the school year.
This is a critical year for districts across the state in regards to the next legislative session. The legislature has been directed to fully fund education and the hope is that they will. The district will also work with our community this year in successfully passing our 3-year maintenance and operation levy.
The complexity of our work is challenging, but our district staff is committed to working together with our parents and community in providing the direction and support required for each of our students to be successful. I am grateful to be part of this important work for our children.
Dr. Jerry Lewis