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Honoring our Principals and School Leaders for National Principals Month

"Show me a great school and I’ll show you a great principal," said former Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire in 2009 — and today, those words are truer than ever. 

October is National Principals Month — a rich opportunity that gives all of us a full month in which to celebrate, recognize, and honor the often tireless work of the principals and school leaders who oversee and support teachers and students alike. 

The Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) recently noted the vital importance of school leadership—that it matters and has always mattered. But only now, they point out, are we waking up as a system to “the incredibly important role school principals and assistant principals play in creating school culture, building the systems that support that culture, and leading the ongoing learning for everyone in the school community." 

While their jobs are often narrowly associated with disciplining students or teachers, school principals are much more about the positive, and they impact the success and well-being of their schools each and every day. The best school principals and leaders set the tone, create, and shape the school culture, inspire, and manage students and teachers, and work to meet critical educational milestones. The lasting legacy of the best schools is also the legacy of the great principals who guided and shaped their success. 

With this in mind, please join us to celebrate the hard work of school principals throughout the month of October and reach out to thank them for their leadership and support! 

For more information, check out the following useful links: 

National Principals Month 

NASSP’s 2022 Survey of America’s School Leaders and High School Students 


Observing Wounded Knee Day

Also known as Wounded Knee Day of Reflection, Wounded Knee Day honors the memory of the over 200 (some estimate as many as 300) Lakota Sioux men, women, and children who were massacred by the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment near Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

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Celebrating Native American Heritage in November

With over 9 million Native Americans in the United States today, from over 500 different federally recognized tribes, and with 29 of those tribes within the state of Washington. PSESD is proud to have the opportunity to celebrate Native American Heritage Month (also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month) and pay tribute to the diversity, rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans in our districts. 

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