Superintendent's Message

Monica Burnett
Superintendent, Principal

January 20, 2022



Dear Families,



I just wrote a note to the staff asking, “Isn’t it March that is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb?” It seems like January is bringing the New Year in like a lion! The bad weather the first week back—all the warnings about the Omicron variant in the state, many local schools going remote—Paterson is not going remote, but we have had our share of exposure to this variant. I thank you for your diligence and I have a big ask!



Thank you! While some of our students and staff have tested positive for the variant, many are quarantining as close contacts, and many others are staying home because they have some symptoms and are unsure if they have the virus. I understand the hardship quarantining places on families, and I want to thank every family who has diligently quarantined or who has voluntarily kept their child home because they just want to be safe. That is thoughtful and kind of you all; so, thank you so very much! I keep praying that we will be out of the pandemic soon. For the families who have actually caught the variant, my prayers have been and continue to be with you.



The ask is that you all continue to be vigilant and keep your children home if they are sick or if someone in your household is experiencing some of the symptoms of the virus. The staff would much rather have a student out for a day or two then to have a large number of a class in quarantine. I know this is a big ask, so, thank you in advance for doing this.



While the roar of the lion is loud this month, the laughter, academic discussion, and joy of the students is even louder. Our 5-8th grade students are ready to show off their academic prowess to their schoolmates on Friday when they present their Day of the Notable studies and their National History Day projects.  The K-5 students all started their FFA work and their Spanish classes. Students are busy reading novels, learning math, and their lessons about Martin Luther King Jr. decorate our halls.



January may not go out like a lamb, we may have to wait for March, but I assure you that as we enter February we will accept any challenge that comes our way. We are the Pioneers and that is what pioneers do. We are also very hopeful that if we can hold tight and follow the rules, we will get through this variant and continue serving all of our families.



On our site, you will find the latest COVID procedures for schools. I hope this helps you as you navigate these waters. Additionally, you will find a copy of a letter we sent out in September… we made it through the rough waters in the fall--- we can do it again.



Have a wonderful end of January.



Monica Burnett



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Paterson School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator:


  • Compliance Officer, Monica Burnett, Superintendent/ Principal, Paterson School, 51409 Prior Avenue, Paterson, WA 99345 (509)875-2601,
  • Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Teri Tucker Special Education, Paterson School, 51409 Prior Avenue, Paterson, WA 99345 (509)875-2601,
  • Civil Rights, and Title IX Coordinator, Corey Ingvalson Title One Transition Coach and Middle School Teacher, Paterson School, 51409 Prior Avenue, Paterson, WA 99345 (509)875-2601,