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Superintendent's Message

Joe West
Superintendent, Principal

July 14, 2022

Dear Paterson Families,

I am excited to introduce myself to you. My name is Joe West and I am your new Superintendent/Principal at Paterson School District. It is a privilege to be selected for this position and to be able to serve the Paterson community, families and especially the students and staff this upcoming school year of 2022-2023. My hope is to establish great relationships with the families and staff of Paterson, so I can serve you well for years to come. I have been in education for seventeen years and have served in a variety of roles throughout those years. Most recently I worked as principal for Artz-Fox Elementary in Mabton, Washington. My oldest son just graduated from Paterson in the Spring of 2022, while my oldest daughter still attends Paterson as a 7th grader. I also have a younger son and daughter. With my previous experiences in special education, counseling and administration and my current knowledge and understanding of Paterson I am ready to continue the great work being done here and am so blessed to come work in an environment that is aligned to my personal and professional ideals and values. My hope is to be an active listener and a servant leader that is focused on the success of our students and the well-being of the entire community.

Attached to this letter you will find the new calendar for the 2022-2023 school year. Please note we intend to bring back Adventure Fridays next year and hope to see all of our Paterson students on those optional days. Also, our middle school grades will experience some changes this coming school year. We are very blessed to have Mrs. Burnett staying with us as a middle school teacher. She will be serving mainly as our math teacher for grades 5-8. Mrs. Thornbrugh, previously one of our amazing middle school teachers, will be our new 5th grade teacher with Mrs. Wheeler teaching science in grades 5-8.

I want to ensure you that my focus is to do what is best for our students and staff during these shifts. I would like to thank our entire staff at Paterson for being warm, welcoming and supportive during my transition here. I am impressed with the quality of educators and people that work and serve you and your children. As we learn and grow together in order to serve our students, your children, know that my door is always open. Please feel free to reach out in person, over the phone or by email with any questions, concerns or ideas you may have.

I look forward to joining the Paterson community by serving our students and staff as your new leader.

Happy summer,

Joe West