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Spring Break a chance for staff, students, families to recharge and refocus

Spring Break a chance for staff, students, families to recharge and refocus
Posted on 03/07/2018
Superintendent's Column

Superintendent's Column 

I do not know about you, but Christmas seems like a long time ago.

The first two months of 2018 have been full of incredible student accomplishments, as well as a great deal of spirited engagement with our families and community. It is a challenging, yet inspiring time in education right now, and I am grateful to work in a district that so clearly values partnerships in growing the next generation of leaders of our state and nation.

Our students continue to learn and excel in so many different ways throughout our 42 schools. By the end of February, LISD students had notched signature accomplishments from fine arts (All-State Choir and Band performances) to athletics (numerous state finalists swimmers and wrestlers), from student government (YMCA Youth Government Conference) to Destination Imagination (16 state-qualifying teams). Every time I visit a campus, I am cheered by the smiling, curious faces I see there, and I know they are in good hands with our incredible faculty and supportive families.

These opportunities give students a chance to shine and for our staff to solidify relationships. Through these bonds, kids know they have someone in their school who cares about them.

As I have written previously in this space, there is no greater concern for any public educator than the safety of our children. I have heard from many families how affected they have been by the tragic events in Parkland, Florida, last month. Our students, teachers and staff have been similarly impacted. We do not work in isolation, nor do young people learn in a vacuum. This tragedy and its aftermath places even more stress on our students and those charged with their learning. We can always, however, take a lesson in resilience from our children.

Now, more than ever, we need to be ready to strengthen our relationships with students and our partnerships with our families.

As we look ahead to Spring Break next week, it is my earnest hope that our teachers, staff and students can recharge and refocus for the stretch run of our school year. Spring Break is always well-timed and much needed, but perhaps especially so this year. I wish each of you a relaxing, peaceful week away from school, and I hope you will join me in renewed excitement when you return for a successful conclusion to a wonderful academic year.

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