As we have reached the end of what should have been the “normal” school year, I want to take a few minutes to address a year that was far from normal.
Along with the rest of the country, we have had to quickly learn to adapt to a new reality, one which no one could have predicted at the beginning of the year. We have had to learn to rethink how we live, how we interact with each other, and how we can continue to teach our students in a new world.
These changes will continue to test us into the future as the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic will shape how we continue to teach our students for many years to come. There will be many questions which we will need to answer as things evolve, and I am sure that many of those answers will be temporary as we have seen how quickly changes have already taken place.
During the last two and a half months, we have experienced an incredible outpouring of care and concern for our students. That has been evident in the incredible job the “Blue Crew” did in delivering over 50,000 meals to our students. Many thanks go out to Tammy Seeley and Debi Carver for the magnificent job they did in organizing and running the program, and, along with Matt English, got them delivered to our students in an orderly and efficient manner. Thanks also go out to those who volunteered to pack meals, ride the busses to deliver and keep track of the meals, and the bus drivers who handled the changing routes as the program went on.
I also want to thank all or our teachers who have gone the extra mile in staying connected with our students. I have heard many examples of the methods used to reach out to them and believe that the groundwork has been laid for adapting to changes that we will see in the methods of teaching in the future.
As we step into that future, I want you to know that the board will be working in partnership with our teachers and staff, our students, and our parents as we navigate education in this new world. We know that there will be challenges, but I believe that together we will face these challenges to strengthen our district.
I also want to thank the staff and students of AHS, who were able to pull together a senior awards presentation program and graduation ceremony that, while far from traditional, was able to recognize the achievements of our seniors and send them out in style. As I left the high school for home, I was amazed at the number of people who had gathered along the parade route to salute our seniors and their families. It was a truly heartwarming moment!
As we near the end of each year, we take time to honor and celebrate those staff members who have reached milestones as employees of the district. While we weren’t able to publicly recognize those individuals, your continued service to the district is very much appreciated. As a community, we owe a debt of gratitude to all of our staff for their dedication to our students. I am certain that as we move forward we will not only meet the challenges ahead but can lead the way in pioneering new methods of educating the students of the district.
Again, I offer my heartfelt thank you to all of you and hope you all have an excellent summer.