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Connections: Fall/Winter 2021
How exciting to have students back in our school buildings! As we settle into the 2021-22 school year, we are focused on academic acceleration and social-emotional recovery for students. That focus is centered on belonging. How accepted and comfortable students feel at school so they can ask questions and share experiences has a direct impact on learning. A student’s ability to learn and feel comfortable in a classroom setting directly correlates to how safe they feel. They need to belong. As we move out of the pandemic, supporting this academic mindset is a key component in our recovery to accelerate learning.

Puyallup’s tradition of excellence has been—and always will be—centered on belonging. We all need to know we are seen and feel like a valued part of the school community. This year as we reimagine excellence, we will focus on re-establishing relationships, creating culture, and making sure everyone learns in environments where they can ask questions and share experiences.

During my school visits I’ve already seen this in action and am proud of the progress we are making to reimagine our tradition of excellence.

I’m excited to see what we can accomplish together.

We’re glad you’re here. Welcome back!

In service and support,

Dr. John Polm, Superintendent