Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Another Reason to Smile

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  Thanksgiving is not just about excesses, like eating everything in sight, but it is a holiday to pause and reflect on our blessings.

We have much to be thankful for in the School District of Janesville.  Today, I want to give thanks to the community, Board, faculty and staff for their exceptional support of our educational technology program.  We have so much to be thankful for as we prepare our students to be literate, contributing members of a worldwide society functioning in a global economy.

Through many people's efforts, we have expanded our access to Technology in many of our classrooms, including SmartBoards, Clickers, and iPads.  In the past two years, we have also improved our Internet infrastructure, updated many servers, and installed wireless in all of our schools. Many different people and numerous different funding have made all of these updates possible:  community supported referendums, LightHouse grants, and our own Excellence in Education foundation.  There is always more to do, but we are making progress, and I am grateful.

I am also grateful for the people who support our program:  Community members, the Board of Education, faculty and staff - and our many committed parent groups. I am grateful for everyone's commitment to excellence, and to moving our District forward.  We have some many faculty and staff innovators who use technology to work with students to become critical thinkers - our leader's of tomorrow. 

Finally, Freedom is a blessing we must never take for granted.  On this Thanksgiving, join me in giving thanks to the men and women in our armed forces who protect our freedoms and our ideologies; that we sleep peacefully each night under the blanket of freedom they provide, and rise each day to move about freely without oppression or opposition to meet the challenges before us.   

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