Dear friends and neighbors:
Equity. Passion. Integrity. Respect. Diversity. Collaboration. Learning. These are our district’s core values. These seven values, developed through broad community engagement over nearly two years, form the foundation of our work; the “north stars” of our strategic and operational planning, our decisions, our partnerships. They drive our connections with students’ families, our legislative advocacy, and are the cornerstone of our work with students every day.
Although our world may be changing, our district core values are rock solid. I firmly believe our commitment to these values, especially our commitment to Diversity, is largely the reason we have held strong and continuously improved over time: “We embrace diversity as an essential asset; we are inclusive and treat our differences as a core strength.”
Our schools are “home away from home” for over 20,000 students whose families speak 90 different languages. We are among the most diverse school districts in the state. No matter the shifting sands of politics around us, we will remain resolute in our commitment to the safety and security of our schools; resolute in our commitment to equity of opportunity for each child in our care; and resolute in our mission to inspire, educate and prepare each student to achieve to high standards, contribute to our community and thrive in a global society.
Our success achieving this mission is only possible when we are vigilant in protecting our schools as safe havens for students to learn and grow. Doing otherwise does not live up to our culture of doing “whatever it takes” to ensure that each student succeeds, and that our schools are free from harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Everyone coming through our schoolhouse doors is entitled to an environment that is welcoming and respectful regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or identity, country of origin, or immigration status.
The culture of our district, to which we often refer as The Everett Way, gives me great confidence that we will stay the course in turbulent or uncertain times, and that we will maintain the culture of calm for which we are so well regarded.
Dr. Gary Cohn