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Superintendent's Message

Supt. Garza

Dear Wapato School District Families,

Education is one of the greatest gifts we can provide for our children so that they are better prepared to fulfill their dreams and succeed in a global economy.

The 2021-2022 school year may have been as close to “normal” as we have experienced since COVID, but it goes without saying that this past school year was also filled with numerous accomplishments and challenges.  Noted below is but a fraction of the accomplishments and challenges we encountered last school year:

  • We started the 2021-22 school year mourning the loss of a colleague to COVID and a couple of WHS students in a horrific automobile accident.
  • We grappled with Safety Protocols, COVID positivity rates, contact tracing, social media threats, and a transition to Online/Remote Learning for two weeks in January.
  • We spent considerable amounts of time learning and implementing the new English Language Learner assessment (WIDA) and the Galileo math and reading assessment. 
  • We adopted a new K-5 Math curriculum, a new 6 – 12 Social Studies curriculum, and we have begun the adoption process for a new 6 – 12 Science curriculum.
  • We re-vamped, in some schools, how we provide intentional and targeted interventions for students who are below grade level in reading and mathematics.
  • We implemented a new bus safety system that tracks students when they get on and off the bus.
  • We ran (and the community supported) a four-year Educational Programs and Operations replacement levy.
  • We successfully launched our Wapato Online Academy for kinder through twelfth grade students. 
  • We cheered our athletes all year long, including state competitions. 
  • We enjoyed music and band concerts in-person.
  • We purchased and implemented the use of Smartboards (Interactive TVs) in many of our classrooms (and commencing the 2022 – 23 school year, all classrooms will have smartboards). 
  • We offered a more extended after school academic support program for all our students throughout the district. 
  • We offered engaging and a more extended summer school program that focused on reading, math and enrichment opportunities.
  • We hosted CTE (Career and Technical Education) regional competitions in Construction, Culinary Arts and Welding. 
  • We celebrated our rich and diverse cultures throughout the year. 
  • We increased the number of students receiving the Seal of Biliteracy for Ichiskiin, Spanish, Ilocano, and Tagalog.
  • We initiated a “Superintendent’s Student Voice Matters Group” comprised of WMS, WHS, and PACE students. 
  • We started the hard work of planning for Dual Language. 
  • We recruited and hired an additional Ichiskiin teacher for middle school and elementary schools for the 2022-23 SY. 
  • We continued to hold our Cultural Unity Fair (CUF) as a Drive-Thru. 
  • We hired additional Health Care Staff and Social Workers to assist with the impact of COVID.
  • We offered numerous professional development opportunities for staff. 
  • We graduated 173 high school students and 22 PACE High School students. 

While we are proud of last year’s successes, we are excited about what the upcoming 2022-2023 school year will bring.  Our District’s mission is to prepare our students for success in a global economy.  To guide our work towards accomplishing this mission, WSD will continue to focus on our four Equitable Continuous Growth Plan targets:

  1. Academic Achievement & Technology
  2. Inclusion, Authentic Community Engagement
  3. Strengthen School Safety & Security
  4. Facilities Maintenance & Replacement

Furthermore, each school has been asked to align its improvement goals to the District goals to assure equity, continuity and consistency throughout our district.

Wapato Public Schools truly appreciates your support.  We value and commend the role you play in the education of your student(s).  Thank you, and I look forward to serving you during the upcoming school year.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this handbook, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s principal.  

You Matter,

Kelly Garza, Superintendent