Superintendent Message - June 2018
As superintendent, each June I have the honor and privilege of sharing a few words with all Lake Washington School District graduating seniors in the form of a letter to graduates. This year is especially meaningful to me as I prepare for my own transition to a new role and forge a new pathway on my own career journey. To all parents who have students graduating this year, thank you for your partnership and support of our schools in serving students and in helping students reach our vision of Every Student Future Ready.
My letter to the graduating Class of 2018 is below:
Congratulations to you! As a member of the graduating Class of 2018, you worked hard to complete thirteen years of formal education and all the state and district requirements to earn a high school diploma. You should be proud of this major accomplishment!
Each year, as superintendent, I have the honor and privilege to write a letter to graduating seniors. As with any commencement speech or letter to graduates, I attempt to convey some words of inspiration, wisdom, and advice as you take this next step into the world to begin “adulting.”
Like many of us, I take inspiration from music, and sometimes I think about what it would be like if our lives came with a personal “playlist” that reflects our life’s journeys and triumphs. For me, as I reflect on my educational and career journey, I think my playlist would contain three songs by Frank Sinatra, one of the best-selling music artists of all time. I hope you find inspiration in their lyrics and wisdom in my advice.
The lyrics: “Just what makes that little old ant, think he’ll move a rubber tree plant. Anyone
knows an ant can’t move a rubber tree plant, but he’s got high hopes, he’s got high hopes…”
My advice: Work like anything is possible, even when conventional wisdom says it isn’t. Hope alone is not a strategy, but hope paired with hard work is powerful. Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done. It likely just hasn’t been done yet.
The lyrics: “I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way.”
My advice: There is no one “right” path to follow when it comes to your education and career. Everyone’s path is different, and people define “success” in different ways. The key is to make your own plan and follow that plan, even if it is unconventional. Your path might look different from others. That’s okay. Do it your way.
“The Best is Yet to Come”
The lyrics: “The best is yet to come and babe, won't that be fine? You think you've seen the sun, but you ain't seen it shine.”
My advice: Always be thinking about the future and your next step. Change is exciting. Don’t be afraid to mix it up. That next step may bring you the sunshine you are seeking!
Here’s to 2018! It was a very good year!
All the Very Best,
Dr. Traci Pierce
Thank you for another great school year! I look forward to 2018-19 and to continuing to serve Lake Washington students and families in my new role.