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Progress abounds as we welcome a new school year | Kip Herren

The start of the school year is always an exciting time of renewal and opportunity.

As we begin the 2014-2015 school year, the Auburn School District continues an ambitious program for improving student learning through the ASD Strategic Plan 2.0, which lays out a plan for increased student achievement, family engagement and resource alignment for career and college success for all students.

The district is committed to the growth of your student as learner and citizen. Last year, we provided more than two million parent communications in multiple languages using electronic messaging, family access, e-news, websites and social media.

With the successful passage of the Technology Capital Levy and the progress of a new Auburn High Phase I, as well as continued completion of the Capital Improvement Levy, we are able to provide our students with world-class learning systems and facilities.

We have reason to celebrate the success of student learning. Over the last four years, our schools have received 52 Washington Achievement Awards recognizing the top 10 percent in performance and progress in the state.

This past year, all three of our comprehensive high schools received Washington State Academic Achievement Awards. The number of students in Advanced Placement courses increased from 2,500 to 4,800 during the last two years. More than 5,000 students took the Readi-Step, Pre-SAT and SAT exams last year in preparation for college opportunities.

The district also was recognized by the CCER Road Map Project for the "Collective Impact Award" for building a system to close gaps and support young learners. With the implementation of full-day kindergarten at every elementary school, we are able to provide extended and accelerated learning opportunities for all of our children.

We look forward to serving you and your student. Our instructional decisions are standards-based and data-driven, guided by the academic performance of your student. Each school is prepared to share the progress and effort to improve the skills of your student. We are committed to providing the very best to your student.

Please check out our website – www.auburn.wednet.edu – which showcases our progress for student learning.

Our motto "Engage, Educate, Empower" is all about high quality learning for every student.

Dr. Dennis Kip Herren is the Auburn School District superintendent. Reach him at 253-931-4900 or kherren@auburn.wednet.edu.

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