Superintendent’s Newsletters

  • Mr. Lanka’s Classes - Mr. Lanka's classes during the shutdown are being run through Google docs. Log in to your google account, either on your Chromebook or on any other computer, then go to You should see a document I shared with you called "Mr. Lanka's classes during shutdown." Each period in which I teach content has its own page in this document. Find your period, copy what is on that page, then paste it into a new google doc and do the work. Then share that new document with me. Please email me if you have any questions on how to access… Continue Reading
  • 2 Legit 2 Die: Grade 2 Mission Quite Possible Trailer - Continue Reading
  • Thinking is Hard!—February, 2020 - We have an amazingly complex brain, capable of everything from monitoring breathing to creating poetry. Here are nine scientific insights that we need to keep in mind as we try to help every child meet his or her potential. The brain is a social organ. Teach in a social/emotional setting, as this decreases conflict and increases learning—Our brains require stimulation and connection to survive and thrive. A brain without connection to other brains and without sufficient challenge will shrink and eventually die. Parents and teachers must create positive social experiences. We have two brains (hemispheres). Tell children good stories (i.e., stories… Continue Reading
  • Getting Kids to Focus and Engage—December, 2019 - I was pondering today some of the things I experienced as a kid that seem to be missing for many of our children today. I grew up in a big city, but even there I had plenty of places to explore and play. Do you remember doing things like: Going to a friend’s house and building a fort Climbing trees Playing marbles, hide-and-seek and catch Catching crawdads in the irrigation ditch Riding a bike EVERYWHERE Spinning on a merry-go-round until your head couldn’t take it any more Swinging so high you thought you might go over the bar from which… Continue Reading
  • Grateful for the Opportunity to Teach and to Learn—November, 2019 - As Thanksgiving approaches, it seems appropriate to consider our blessings and the many reasons we have to be grateful. One of things I am most grateful for is the opportunity I have enjoyed of being involved with young people for most of my life. Regardless of whether it’s been through Scouting, school or church, I have had the privilege of seeing kids learn and grow in numerous situations. While my professional life has encompassed being a stock broker and an intelligence analyst, I found my passion in helping to ensure the youth are ready for their next steps in life.… Continue Reading
  • It’s a Curious World—October, 2019 - It just makes sense that the more curious a student is, the better he or she is likely to perform in school. However, the benefits of curiosity are not limited to school; our world is ever changing, as are the skills workers need to have to perform those changing jobs. In his 1970 seminal book “Future Shock,” Alvin Toffler stated that “The illiterate of the 21st Century will be those who cannot learn, unlearn, and re-learn.” Employees can maintain this cycle of learning by cultivating intellectual curiosity. After completing their formal education, it is unlikely anyone else will prod the graduates to keep learning;… Continue Reading
  • Being Successful in Life and Being Successful in School—September, 2019 - The 30,000-foot view of the purpose of education is to help people be “successful.” Success is one of those words that we all use without specifically defining its meaning. For simplicity’s sake and for the sake of this article, I am defining success as the ability to be a contributing and self-sufficient citizen. Some of things that we teach in school don’t specifically lead to these ends. For example, I have not had to solve a quadratic equation since 1975, when I completed Algebra II. I am also fairly certain that I couldn’t tell you the relevance of a “p”… Continue Reading
  • Looking with Better Eyes—May, 2019 - As an educator, I am charged with ensuring our students 1) know what they need to know to be ready for their next stage of life and 2) have developed habits and attitudes that will help them be successful members of our society. Everything our schools do encompasses these two goals. We want to make sure our students are ready to truly impact the community and nation in which they reside. Throughout my years in education, I’ve wondered exactly what that means. Specifically, what type of nation can the class of 2019 expect to find? Numerous recent polls have found… Continue Reading
  • Harbor Career and Technology Center—April, 2019 - South Bend & Raymond School Districts, Port of Willapa Harbor, Collaborating on  Career & Technical Education Partnership At their regular March school board meetings, South Bend School District and Raymond School District approved the implementation of a joint CTE (Career & Technical Education) partnership between both school districts. Targeted to begin during the 2019-20 school year, Raymond and South Bend will use engineering curriculum from Project Lead the Way, ( as well as both schools' current Construction programs. Harbor Trade & Technology Center Over the last several months, school superintendents Dr. Steve Holland and Dr. Jon Tienhaara have worked to identify… Continue Reading
  • Why School?—March, 2019 - According to Wikipedia, “A school is an educational institution designed to provide learning spaces and learning environments for the teaching of students under the direction of teachers. Most countries have systems of formal education, which is commonly compulsory.” Why? I am not trying to be a smart aleck. Like most Americans, my gut reaction to the question “What is the purpose of school?” would be something similar to “To prepare them for the rest of their life.” However, in a world that is changing so quickly, is that even possible? I recently read that Buckminster Fuller created a “knowledge-doubling curve”… Continue Reading

About the Superintendent

Steve Holland has worked as a stock broker, intelligence analyst and educator. He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and received his Bachelor’s from Brigham Young University. He received his Master’s in Teaching from Whitworth College and his Doctor of Education from Washington State University. He began his teaching career in Colville, Washington and was the only administrator of a very small school district in Orient, Washington. He has served as Superintendent of the Raymond School District since July, 2003.

Steve married Kathy Holland (née Haas) in 1983; they have 6 children, as well as three grandchildren.

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