Message from our Superintendent
Posted Wednesday, May 6, 2020
This is the week we celebrate some of my very favorite people in the world - teachers! The truth is I strive to find ways to appreciate them throughout the year, but I do love a good “Teacher Appreciation Week!" Last Friday was Principal Appreciation Day and yesterday was Bus Driver Recognition. I think those people are pretty amazing, as well. I’m confident that there are dozens of suggestions online for recognizing the efforts of the educators in your lives in our current remote situation. While I’m sure all of those things would be genuinely appreciated, I also know the very simplest of acts might be the most appreciated. Do not underestimate the power of a note of gratitude. Please take a moment this week to send an email or a note recognizing the gifts your child’s teacher shares, the behind-the-scenes actions of your principal, or the above-and-beyond acts of your bus driver and support staff. My bet is that 15 minutes of your time will result in months of feeling appreciated.
As we wrap up the school year, I am aware that there is a great deal of disappointment with the loss of the traditional end-of-year activities. Our staff continues to brainstorm and plan opportunities to recognize achievements and celebrate the transition to the next grade level. Alternate graduation plans are scheduled to create a meaningful memory for each graduate within the boundaries of the current safety guidance. We know that both students and parents share this sense of loss. I want you to know that we also feel that disappointment. The routines and expectations that accompany the end of the year are important to us, too. Many of these traditions have been around since we were all students ourselves and we love to make it special for our students now. It is hard to imagine not sharing the celebrations with our students or for our students to not share them with each other. While Ohio is working to slowly relax the restrictions in place to reduce the spread of the virus, school buildings remain closed. Guidance for summer, athletics, and returning to school will come, but will not be in place in the near future. Our plans follow current safety guidance and are developed to be inclusive of everyone. For every parent that is willing to take the risk to create a group celebration, there is another parent that needs the schools to follow protocols. We make our decisions based on safety and the accessibility to all our students and families.
I am sad for our students that will miss out on group celebrations. I am sad for staff that can’t hug their students that very last day. But this will pass and we will create different traditions until it does. In the end, it is my hope that we can spend more energy on identifying the silver linings of what we have gained and less on the losses we have suffered during this strange time.
In service to our Tigers,
Dr. Amy Crouse, Superintendent