Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message
Posted on 06/25/2021
We are coming up to the close of another school year. This year has been like no other. Every one of us can draw on the challenges and setbacks of the past 16 months brought on by the pandemic.  We have run an At-Home Learning school, flipped from in-class learning to online learning, had teachers and whole classes of students in quarantine, and adhered to restrictions that included wearing face masks, social distancing, wiping surfaces regularly, and even virtual graduation ceremonies. 

I have been in awe of how the school communities have functioned with all of these demands. Thank you to all the students. You have been amazing. You have continued to attend classes, learn your lessons, participate in projects, and prepare for your future. My heart goes out to you for the restrictions that have curbed your break time activities, limited your graduation ceremonies, and curtailed several learning events in which you would normally participate. Throughout the past 16 months of school, you have continued to try and complete courses, most very successfully. 

Thank you to all the parents and guardians. You have been attentive, caring, and steadfast in your resolve to get your children through the school year. I know this has not been easy, and, at times, it has been exasperating. You have been supportive of the school and actively engaged in your children’s learning. Thank you for a tough year.

Thank you to the staff. What can I say about a dedicated group of people who went above and beyond to ensure every student was cared for, provided a learning opportunity, and given support?  Whether at a distance, virtually, or face-to-face, and often a combination of all three, you went the extra mile for your students.  You not only provided excellent programming in the classroom but also in the school community. Schools were still able to have the Terry Fox Run, land-based learning, field trips, book studies, Robo Rumble, and Science Fair. This has been due to the creative innovation of staff members, determined to keep these opportunities and enhancement activities alive for your students. There are not enough words for me to express my admiration of you and thank you for all your commitment to our students.

It looks like restrictions are going to be further lifted as we move into the summer. I truly hope everyone has the opportunity for a bit of a rest and some time with family and friends.  I hope that September brings on open school settings and an opportunity to catch up on anything that was lost during the past 16 months.  Again, my gratitude for all you have done to get through this worldwide pandemic. 
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