I absolutely love the start of a new school year. My parents are retired teachers and some of my very favorite memories were going into my parents’ classrooms every August to help with the beginning of the year classroom set-up, which mostly consisted of me writing all over the chalkboards. We continued this tradition when my husband and I both became teachers and we would bring our daughters with us as “helpers” to get our classrooms ready to welcome back students. The “new school year” energy is something I still look forward to, even after 27 years as an educator. This year, the energy is especially exciting because opening our doors to the 2021-22 school year comes with a renewed sense of positivity and hope.
We are thrilled to return to full-time, in-person learning for our students. As our district office team visited classrooms on the first day of school, the same sense of shared excitement from our staff, families and students could be seen and felt, and it reminded us of how incredibly fortunate we are to be able to work in education. Schools may look a little bit different, but the dedication to student success is as present as ever. We remain committed to raising the level of achievement for every one of our learners through a focus on social emotional learning and inclusionary practices - creating classroom environments that recognize and celebrate the individual learning styles and strengths of all students. This is not a new initiative for us, but one we know is essential to our students’ success.
I am full of enthusiasm, joy and gratitude as we start this school year because we are able to spend each day with our students, who have been so eager to return to in-person learning. We truly appreciate our community’s unwavering support over these last 18 months and we are looking forward to an amazing school year.
Dr. Kathi Weight, Superintendent