Happy first day of school 2020-21!

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker

Dear students, staff and families,

I want to wish all of you a happy first day of school tomorrow!

I first want to recognize how hard all of you are working to get prepared for this school year that is starting 100% remote. Whether you were on the coordinating or receiving end of our supply/device pick up events last week, or you are making a remote learning or teaching space in your home, or checking WiFi connections for yourself or a student, we find ourselves in incredibly unique circumstances. It is taking all of us to be creative and determined to prepare for lift off.

I also want to acknowledge that you may find yourself feeling a bit out of sorts this week. We are all students right now learning new technologies, new systems, new schedules and more. And we need to do our best to support ourselves and each other. Please remember that many others, including staff, students, families and community members may be experiencing a range of emotions, as well. We have incredible people on staff to support you and we will do our best to accommodate you when you need help. Please reach out to your teachers, principals or our district tech help request or family support forms.

In a message I sent to staff last week, I shared some thoughts and reflections from The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Despite our challenges, I cannot help but be optimistic. I even went so far as to challenge ourselves to make this “The Greatest, Most Joyful Year Ever…why the heck not!?” You may find this humorous, ridiculous or maybe, just maybe, inspirational.

I hope 2020 has taught us to be flexible and creative, to take care of each other, and to reach out for help when we need it. I know there will be hiccups and challenges this week, but I also know how hard we are all working to start the school year off smoothly. Thank you in advance for your trust, your grace and your reengagement in school. We can’t wait to see our kids.

Best regards,
Greg Baker