Posted: June 15, 2020

Graduation week has typically been a week of celebration, a culmination of everyone’s collective effort in supporting students on their preK12 journey.  I’ve shared before that one of my favorite moments is watching graduates as they get ready to walk across the stage.  This year has obviously been a lot different, but that doesn’t change the fact that our district is sending more than 600 graduates out to the world.  Those graduates have benefited from your talent, expertise and care. On their behalf, I want to appreciate the gratitude they expressed to you in the virtual ceremonies.  Countless graduates thanked staff for helping them along the way. So, even though it didn’t look quite the same this year, we can take great pride in the class of 2020.  AND, we also know that the class of 2020 helped us grow.  As CHS teacher Greg Plitt shared in his graduation address, “Everyone of you that I’ve had the privilege to teach has made me a better teacher and a better person and has added to my life, and I’m sure all of your other teachers would say the same.”

This is our last HOPE & JOY for the 2019-20 school year.  Thanks to Evan, Lisa, Lori, Marci, and Maria for starting our HOPE & JOY series by sharing their stories with us.  That seems like such a long time ago.  What a year it has been! Thank you for working so hard through circumstances that no one could have predicted.  You have kept your focus on students and providing support for each other through it all.  You are our district.

This will be a busy summer.  I anticipate continued discussions across the state and region as everyone tries to work through state guidance and monitor the pandemic situation.  We will continue to update you and the community on our planning.  I will be available for questions and concerns throughout the summer.

I sincerely hope you get a chance to have an adventure, catch your breath, and enjoy time with family and friends even though it might look a little different than other summers.  You certainly deserve it.