Superintendent Updates

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COVID 2022-23 Information

PAST SUPERINTENDENT UPDATES



Sept. 29, 2022

Hello families:

I hope you agree that the school year is off to a great start. People report normalcy with a renewed sense of purpose and comfort. Schools are back to pre-pandemic customs with a return of traditional events and activities such as the Homecoming week, Curriculum Nights and field trips. They have looked and felt like they did before we ever heard the term COVID-19. We are pleased to welcome families and guests into our schools without COVID restrictions and excited to apply all that we learned over the past few years. I cannot say enough about our staff's skill, care and determination. They carried us through the last two years, and we're excited that this year they can refocus their energy on what they know and love - helping your children develop to their fullest potential.

This year marks the second of our Strategic Plan. It spans five years (2021-26) with the most ambitious being the upcoming year. Thanks to many hearts and hands, we accomplished more than 92% of the action steps we set out to achieve last year, making significant gains in our instructional model, curriculum alignment, effective communication, data-driven instruction and more. This year, we are taking those to the next level, combined with foundational work in the following initiative areas:

  • Data-driven instruction
  • College and career readiness
  • Criteria for progress
  • Professional development for all
  • Instructional framework
  • Grading
  • Staff recruitment and retention
  • Comprehensive communication
  • Professional development frameworks
  • Systems for equity in experiences
  • Data alignment/access
  • Communication
  • Health, safety, and wellness
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access

It is an extensive list, but a critical sidenote is that these items are interconnected. Each is essential to others and directly tied to our mission of delivering on our promise to "welcome each child, nurture each mind, and inspire one another to peak performance." Our complete 2021-26 Strategic Plan, 2022-23 (Year 2) Management Plan, and Key Focus Areas for the coming year are available on our website at this link.

Last, safety and security remain front and center for our schools. In our district's annual Back to School newsletter, The Quote, we outlined physical security and staffing enhancements. To reaccess that edition online, CLICK HERE. In addition to these actions, we remain determined to create an environment where every student feels welcomed, valued and part of their school. This feeling of inclusion and physical and psychological safety happens through supportive relationships with trusted adults and peers. Everyone must report concerns, harmful acts, or threats of violence. If you see something, you must say something. Please continue to be mindful of the different ways to do so -- contact a trusted school employee, tell an administrator, or use the Safe Schoool Helpline.

Please scroll down through this newsletter for more updates, information and celebrations about students and staff. Thank you for your ongoing support for our schools and all the ways you engage as parents and guardians. Together, we will make the 2022-23 school year a huge success for all children.

In partnership,

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Aaron R. Johnson, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools

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