Classified staff celebrated March 8-12

Classified staff celebrated March 8-12
Posted on 03/08/2021
Graphic thanking classified employees

March 8-12 marks Classified Staff Appreciation Week in Tahoma and throughout the state of Washington. To each of our classified employees: Thank you for the tremendous work that you do all year round. We are excited to celebrate you this week.

For those who may not know the difference between classified employees and certificated employees, classified employees perform a wide array of jobs such as, but not limited to, paraeducators, bus drivers, nutrition services, secretaries and clerical positions, nurses, custodians, technology team members, EEP and more.They are represented by the Public School Employees of Washington (PSE). Certificated employees include teachers, psychologists and a few other categories.

“Tahoma’s strength has always been the amazing people who have made the choice to be a part of creating a special place for kids. Our classified staff are an integral part of this. In a year where predicting anything has been a challenge, our classified staff have responded with resilience and flexibility every step of the way,” Superintendent Mike Hanson said. “To say you are appreciated is an understatement. We are blessed to be partners with the hundreds of people who continue to put kids first. Thank you.”

School Board President Katrina Montgomery echoed his thanks, and said “Classified employees are an extremely large part of the glue that keeps our district running. These dedicated employees deserve to be recognized for their commitment to our students and system. The Tahoma School Board appreciates each and every one of our classified employees for all they do and the positive impact they bring to our system each and every day. Their support is critical to student success and the exceptional education we provide in Tahoma.”

Tahoma PSE Chapter President Ruthie Mackie said that PSE will be recognizing its members next week in special ways, in lieu of the usual Classified Appreciation Dinner.

“Tahoma has over 500 classified employees. Classified employees are essential to our district by keeping buildings functioning, and supporting our teachers, families, and students to be successful,” Mackie said. “Classified employees are indispensable to our Tahoma School District.”

Between March 8-12, the district will highlight a selection of individual classified employees. PSE is also planning giveaways/prizes for its members. We look forward to the 2021-2022 school year, when we hope social distancing and other restrictions will be lifted and we will be able to gather for the annual dinner in their honor.
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