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Community Members Tour Snoqualmie Valley Schools

The 6th annual “Focus on Education” School Tour event, on January 31, provided an opportunity for community members to experience first-hand teaching and learning at two Snoqualmie Valley schools. This event featured classroom tours led by student leaders through Timber Ridge Elementary School and Mount Si High School. Guests explored the schools; met students, staff and principals; rode a school bus; watched inspiring student entertainment; and dined on an extraordinary lunch prepared by Mount Si’s Culinary Arts students.
Superintendent Joel Aune welcomed the guests by explaining, “Our goal for this event is to help you actually ‘experience’ the work that is occurring in our schools by observing first-hand the efforts of our teachers and the talents of our students. We also hope to provide for you a sense of just a few of the initiatives that we are implementing to improve our schools and boost student learning here in the Snoqualmie Valley School District.”

This year, approximately 25 local citizens participated in the event. The group was comprised of grandparents, faith leaders, emergency responders, business owners, civic and city leaders, curious neighbors, and parents who are new to the area. Here are a few of the comments they shared when asked…

What was your favorite part of the day?
  • “Classroom visits at both schools. Getting to watch instruction happening.”
  • “I enjoyed the student-led tours and talking to the students.” 
  • “Performances @ lunch”
  • “The kids! The youngest all the way to the seniors in HS. I loved seeing them in action – and was super impressed by the talent/s of our children.”
  • “Really enjoyed the tour of the culinary arts program – working & learning practical skills.”
  • “Meeting leaders of the schools and seeing how we can partner as a business and community member.”
  • “The different classrooms – to see first hand the learning experience the students have.”
  • “Classroom tours. I appreciated seeing teaching in action, the sample of various grade levels was perfect. Our teachers are amazing.”
  • “Lunch – the quality of food and the service from the culinary arts students made me feel like I was at Downton Abbey.”
Did you learn something new about Snoqualmie Valley Schools?
  • “Some of the programs going on @ Mt. Si. Online learning for one.”
  • “Additional details about the diverse educational tracks and courses offered at MSHS.”
  • “I enjoyed learning more about the DECA program and the competitions.”
  • “Citizenship as a goal – promoting life skill is essential to future success of each individual.”
  • “There is a bus driver shortage.” 
  • The timeline of the HS construction.”
  • “I learned about the variety of offerings that we have for our high school students.”
  • “School design – interior renderings of MSHS. Start of orchestra program @ MSHS. Technologies @ Timber Ridge.”
  • “The amazing qualities of Timber Ridge ES; the final configuration of the new Mt. Si HS; the extent to which technologies are being deployed in the classrooms; and the new focus on social/emotional aspects of student life.”
  • “The active presence & availability of courses and experiences “beyond the basics” – which in fact enhance the basics.”
  • “I very much appreciated John Belcher’s opening remarks/overview and his stand on what ought to be emphasized in education —  Diversity of courses/emphasis on mental health. Way to go!
Click on the image for a slide show of the 2017 School Tour.
The Focus on Education School Tour event is open to the community each year. Interested in attending next year? To receive notification next year, email with the subject line: SCHOOL TOUR INTEREST, and include your name, email and phone number.