December 17, 2013
Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Community Members:
Wow, 2013 is almost over! It is hard to believe that we are nearing Winter Break. We have had a great school year so far and look forward to the new year and providing the best education and environment for all of our students. We are fortunate to have a great community and parent support group that make our jobs fun. While we have a lot of work to do, together, we are up to the challenge. Here are a few updates.
New School Board Director
The Board welcomed their newest Director, David Olson, at the December meeting. Here is Mr. Olson’s bio:
David Olson was elected to the school board in November 2013. Mr. Olson represents District 5, the southern part of Gig Harbor which includes the Goodman and Harbor Heights areas. David is a retired US Navy officer and over the course of his military career lived in Korea, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Italy. His wife, Tonia, was a schoolteacher for the Department of Defense Education Activity. David has four children, three of which attended schools in the Peninsula School District. While in the Navy, he served as Pacific Northwest Director of the Drug Education for Youth Program and served on the Board of the US Navy’s Community Service Council. He is passionate for helping children make healthy and positive life choices. David is also a Board member of the Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank. He is the branch manager for US Bank in downtown Tacoma.
Mrs. Dickson, my 12th grade Algebra II teacher. During my difficult teen years, she never gave up on me and always provided positive feedback and encouraged me to set high goals. I would not be where I am today without her mentorship. It proves that parent and teacher support are critical to a student’s education and life-skills.