As the days lengthen and the temperatures rise, we recognize that the close of another school year is upon us. All of your efforts and hard work of the past 10 months is being realized now through students transitioning from grade to grade, from elementary to middle school, or with graduation ceremonies. Our students, parents, teachers and staff have been working together since last August, and the close of the school year is welcomed—for different reasons.
For some, the end of the school year is an opportunity to reflect on what was. So much can happen in the course of the school calendar, and sometimes, in the moment, it may be difficult to recognize the gains we have been able to achieve.
Some may look at the first few weeks of June as a time to think about their careers—perhaps planning to attend a workshop or other professional development session to help them in the coming school year.
Others may be looking to relax, rejuvenate, and recharge over the next several weeks, making sure that they are ready for the next group of students that will be coming to their schools for 2016-17.
And, others may be looking at a change in career or even moving on to retirement. Certainly new beginnings there!
We should all be proud of the work we have been able to accomplish this year. You can see it in the faces of the children that walk through our hallways. You can definitely see it in the proud faces of parents as they watch their children walk across the stage to pick up their high school diploma. Be assured that your efforts have played a role in making that possible.
Whatever will be new for you after June 9, I want to thank you all for the work you have done over the past school year to help us achieve our mission of providing an education to every child. Make the most of the last few days of school, enjoy the summer, and I look forward to seeing you again in the fall!