August 27, 2015
It is my pleasure to welcome everyone back to school for the 2015-16 year here in North Mason. It has been an unusual summer throughout the Pacific Northwest, and certainly here in North Mason. This summer has seen a number of changes, including new buildings and new technology. Our staff have been engaged in training to help the better support the learning needs of all our students. And of course, school construction has been a major focus of our work throughout the summer.
Although the project has not been without challenges, we are excited about opening the doors at the new North Mason High School on September 9! There may still be a few items to ‘touch up’, but our students have a beautiful, world class learning environment awaiting them. On September 22, at 6 pm we will proudly welcome our community to join us at the dedication of our new school. Look for more information about this event in the next couple of weeks. It will be a great night, including tours of the building, food and fun!
We are already beginning the next phase of our construction projects financed by a voter approved bond, the transformation of the existing high school into a new Hawkins Middle School. In addition, our PACE Alternative School will open the doors of a new, specially designed home later this fall. Thank you North Mason for your strong support of our students and their schools!
High School sports have begun fall practices with record numbers of student athletes participating. For example, Coach Bevers tells me we have over 90 athletes turning out for football.
At both Belfair and Sand Hill elementary schools, we welcome new principals. Dan King of Belfair and Mallory Blankenship look forward to welcoming students and community members back to school in the next couple of weeks. They invite the community to join them at Sand Hill in the morning and Belfair in the afternoon to join in cheering students through a Victory tunnel, showing our support for the hard work our students do every day. I hope to see you there!
Dana Rosenbach, Superintendent