Message from the Superintendent - November 9, 2016

TimAs I read the message from Assistant Superintendent Casey Cox this morning I thought his words did a great job of reminding us all that “WE” must be mindful and thoughtful, that “WE” must be positive and supportive of our fellow staff and students, “WE” must also look for the opportunity to lift one another up and to make one another better.

Please take a few moments to read his message below.

Thank you for the work you are doing to find ways to come together and support the growth of each child in our community. Have a great week!


Dr. Timothy S. Yeomans, Superintendent
Puyallup School District

Message from the Assistant Superintendent:

Good Morning,

As I listened and watched the news late into the night my mind began to focus on the things that really matter the most, the students and families we serve, the people we work with, and the community we represent.

Today, like many days before in our history, people may be doubting their place within our community. At several of our schools we may have immigrant families who are fearful of the system and for their families. In other places in our district we will have people who are concerned that their culture, ethnicity, sexuality, or national origin will preclude them from reaching the lofty goals they have set for themselves and their families.

We will have many staff members divided among ideological or political lines and today those feelings may be in the forefront of their thoughts.

Today is when leaders come out to play, the day when those entrusted with the lives and well-being of our community and our country truly come alongside each and every member for our educational community and show each other what hope, inspiration, and compassion really look like. Today is a day to get out and about, and move forward as only a great society can.

America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You've gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say, "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours." You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms! (from the movie, The American President, 1995).

I have always loved this quote because it resonates in the work we do each day. Today we get to prove why democracy is great, why the will of the people still matters, and how we as an organization can bring our people together and place them in positions of unlimited success. Here are a few other quotes…

….Listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper.

….Aim very high, and keep pushing and pushing and pushing to get what you are after. Sometimes settle for less than sought.

.….Don’t be satisfied just to earn a good living. Look to make a statement, to build something monumental—something worth a big effort.

….Hire the best people, pay them more than they were earning, and give them bonuses and incentives based on their performance. That’s how you build a first-class operation.

These are all from our 45th President…There is always more to a person than what you can see. Our nation is great, Our State is Fantastic, and Each Person is Irreplaceable.

Casey Cox

Assistant Superintendent