Superintendent’s Message – November 2017

Thank you to our community

I hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. We have much to be thankful for as we return from the break. Our students are thriving and our team is united in providing an excellent, equitable education for all of our district students. Our community partners continue to support students in many ways. One example is the SHS Protective Services Program that you will read about in this month’s district newsletter.

I’m especially excited to share that our school district recently received a major gift. An anonymous donor has generously granted the SFSD $156,000 to be divided equally among our 13 schools, regardless of size. This gift will provide $12,000 for each school and we’ve been asked to spend it in support of student needs that may not be covered within our regular budget. The donor explained that the gift is a reflection of the great work we’re doing. We are incredibly humbled and grateful to be recognized in this way.

Our school teams are in the process of determining how this gift will be used and we look forward to sharing that information with you.

Getting connected

Every once in a while, I hear from a community member that they would like more communication from the school district.  This is important feedback.  We’ve made great strides in our communication efforts and continue to grow each year. We also believe that communication is a two-way street. The truth is, there are many ways to connect with us and find out what’s going on. We want you to receive our information and we want to hear from you.  We can only be successful in our communication efforts with your partnership. That’s why we encourage you to take the time to get to know us. If you would like to know more about your school district, here are some ways in which you can participate:

  • Come to our monthly school board meetings (or watch on SCAN TV!);
  • Contact us to sign up for our monthly school district electronic newsletter;
  • Watch videos of past school board meetings from SCAN TV;
  • Visit our website regularly for updates;
  • Follow us on Facebook;
  • Participate in our surveys or ThoughtExchange electronic public engagement in early spring;
  • Take time to read the articles in the Our Town “Class Notes”;
  • Attend school events;
  • Volunteer at your local schools;
  • Contact school administrators or teachers with questions and feedback; and
  • Contact the district office with questions and feedback

Thank you for your support and we look forward to hearing from you!