Dear Wapato School District Families,
I am honored and excited to write this message as your new Superintendent. I am proud to say that I am a product of the Wapato School District. I attended Wapato Schools from kindergarten through twelfth (12th) grade, graduating in 1987. Go Wolves! After attaining my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education at Central Washington University, I was fortunate to have been offered a teaching position at Wapato High School in January of 1993. Throughout my years in Wapato I have served the students and community as a Teacher, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Principal, Human Resources Director, Assistant Superintendent, and now as your Superintendent.
Wapato Public Schools’ motto is, “Preparing Students for Success in the Global Economy.” I cannot help but think that this educational institution, in partnership with you, our parents and stakeholders, is where success starts. Little ones come in on the first day of school as kindergarteners excited and eager to start this new journey called “school.” Thirteen years later these same students are no longer little children but young men and women eager to start and finish their senior year of high school in anticipation of what lies ahead. To best prepare your students for success in the global economy, student achievement and safety and security must be our top priorities. These two priorities align well with the District’s Improvement Goals. We must also continue to focus on having quality early learning opportunities for our students, integrating and accelerating our students’ knowledge and use of technology to enhance learning, enrich and challenge students that are on and above grade level, provide a variety of opportunities for a wide range of students’ personal interests, and intervene when students start to fall behind in reading and math. It is imperative that by the time your students graduate we have prepared them for either college, a trade school, the military, or the work force. This work cannot be done in isolation. The work is too hard and too important. We need your help. We encourage you to partner with our wonderful staff who are dedicated and committed to providing the best education possible for your children.
We have been diligently working over the summer months improving our skills as educators by participating in a variety of professional development offerings. Google Classroom, Pacing Guides, Leadership Conferences, Career and Technical Education Training, Agile Mind, Professional Learning Communities, Number Talks, Right Response, and Bridges to College are but a few of the opportunities our staff participated in over the summer. We have also focused much resources and energy on our facilities. We replaced our aging Wapato High School Track and many of our deteriorating sidewalks throughout the District. You will also notice that we now have security doors at Wapato Middle School, Wapato High School, and Adams Elementary in addition to Simcoe. As we move forward over the next few years, the hope of a new Camas and Satus Elementary Schools will be a focus.
As the 2019–20 school year approaches, I want to welcome you and encourage you to fully engage in your child’s education as best as you can. Please take advantage of the numerous opportunities offered to parents to engage in the learning process of your children. As you know, there is a direct correlation between attendance and student success. Therefore, I invite you to partner with us in assuring your child attends and arrives on time for each and every school day. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s principal if you have any questions.
Wapato Public Schools truly appreciates your support. The value you place on the education of your students is commendable. Thank you, and I look forward to serving you during the upcoming school year.
Kelly Garza, Superintendent