Superintendent's Message

Year-end celebrations create sense of community
While the end of the year brings very busy schedules and additional responsibilities for most of us, it also brings celebrations that create a sense of community that ties us together as a school community. I am thankful for the opportunity students, staff and community have to come together. Thank you to each of you who dedicate that extra effort and thought to making these a success!
Institute Day
It was awesome to hear the message of author Kristen Hadeed in the gymnasium with our 900 staff members. Her message of giving oursleves and students permission to take risks and to learn from screw ups is empowering. The conversations I've had with staff following her presentation have been inspiring as we internalize that message and find ways to instill it in our students. I look forward to seeing how this inspires our work  moving forward.
A huge thank you to everyone involved in making Institute Day a success. The committee works hard to organize a meaningful professional development opportunity for each of us. Thank you, also, to each of the presenters who prepared meaningful breakout sessions to help us grow as professionals. The enthusiasm and appreciation I heard from our collegaues between sessions is a great indication that these sessions will have a lasting impact.
Prom for each of our schools were positive and memorable celebrations for seniors as they reach a milestone in their lives. Thank you to the committees, chaperones and everyone who played a role in prom. It truly takes the efforts of everyone involved to make prom the fun events our students deserve. 
Stagg and Andrew Fests
These celebrations are a highlight to the end of the school year for students. Seeing students and staff gather for the sheer fun of it creates a sense of community for all. Thank you to the staff who plan and supervise these celebrations. Your willingness to take on the additional responsibilties at an otherwise very busy time of the year does not go unnoticed!

Relay for Life
Another great Relay for Life is planned for tonight with 843 students raising more than $122,000 and donations are still coming in! I look forward to celebrating with students, staff, survivors and caregivers dedicated to taking action against cancer. This event makes a global impact through the American Cancer Society and it shows students the power they have to make a difference. Thank you to all who make this possible!
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