Welcome to the Selah School District! My name is Shane Backlund and I am honored to be in my sixth year in Selah as Superintendent and in my 17th year here overall. Selah is such a wonderful place to be and I’m so thankful for our staff, parents and especially our students.
Looking back over the past few years it’s safe to say our district has undergone several major changes. Change isn’t easy, but the great news is that we are now past many of the major changes and ready to write a new chapter for a new year!
Our theme as a district this year is “Cultivating Growth.” You may even see staff and students wearing t-shirts with this slogan throughout the year. The theme speaks to our goal of working on further developing and improving upon the solid foundation we’ve built through our realignment process. We hope to grow as a staff, grow in our relationships with parents & community, and most importantly help our students grow in their learning. After all, that’s why we exist…to ensure high levels of learning for all students!
To help ensure high levels of learning for all, the School Board has established a set of District priorities that guide our work. These priorities include:
Collaboration for Student Learning - People working together in interdependent teams create the best opportunity for students to learn. This is true not only for teachers, but for all staff throughout the district. A collaborative culture has been an emphasis of the district for several years; its continued importance is essential to the success of students and the professional development of staff.
Environments for Success - Within every building and program in the district, the hope is to cultivate environments where students and adults can grow. This means making it a point to focus on items such as proactive behavior measures, student attendance and staff morale to help create the best climate possible.
Closing the Achievement Gap - Eliminating gaps in achievement among students based on race, language, economic status and disability ensures that the district’s core purpose is realized. The demographics in Selah are continually changing and working to ensure equity of opportunity, access, services, programs and resources can help every student reach their full potential.
Readiness for Early Learners - The pre-k through 3rd grade years are essential to a child’s development and ensuring early readiness is the best proactive measure we can take to assure our students succeed. This includes reaching into the community to support child development before students enroll in school as well as strengthening programs within the district that focus on the early learner.
As always, we thank you for your continued support of our district and for being a part of “The Viking Way!”