• As the long warm (and smoky) days of summer draw to a close, I’m excited to welcome everyone back to another school year in Selah.  Preparations are well under way for what promises to be a great year in 2018-2019, and the first day will be here before we know it. 

    Entering my seventh year as Superintendent, I continue to feel honored to be a part of an incredibly hard working group of staff members dedicated to student success. We know that it takes all of us working together to create outstanding learning environments and experiences for our students. 

    As we progress through the year, we will continue to follow our 3-Year Priority Plan, which was adopted last fall. Using the plan as a road map to guide our work over the next few years, we will continue to focus on the priorities of Collaboration for Student Learning, Environments for Success, Closing the Achievement Gap, and Readiness for Early Learners.

    Heading into a new year, we are excited to maintain our strong relationships with parents and the community. Parents are essential partners in the overall success of students, and in addition, our strong ties to the community help expand learning opportunities for our students.  We’re thankful in Selah to have strong partnerships with both to help us grow and improve as a district.

    Finally, we are excited to be bringing aboard several new staff members this year to be a part of the Selah School District family. When we begin school on August 28, we will have approximately 60 new faces throughout the district! We have had a very successful hiring season and are looking forward to what these new people will bring to all aspects of our district.

    So enjoy these last few days of summer and know that we are anxiously awaiting our students, ready to make this another outstanding year. As always, we thank you for your continued support of our district and for being a part of The Viking Way!

    Shane Backlund