It's about relationships
Happy New Year!
As we enter the second half of the 2012-2013 school year, I want to say again that I’m proud of the academic accomplishments of our students and the hard work of our teachers, support staff and building leaders who made it happen.
We have some exciting things coming up this year. As you may know, the annual State of the District address is next week at Western High School. I look forward to the speech and will update you next week. I’ve given a lot of thought to one area in particular that I believe will accelerate the type of sustainable, transformative change we’ve talked so much about: relationships.
As I’ve stated before, it’s easy to get caught up in talking at, instead of talking to each other. This year, we’re giving extra attention to substantial dialogue and relationship building. Last month, we launched the Talking in the Library series at Justice Myron D. Leavitt Middle School. To say the turnout was good is an understatement. For one hour, I got a chance to have an unfiltered discussion with many of our teachers and support staff; I walked away enlightened and more motivated to keep pushing for change. I can only hope the attendees got as much from it as I did. The next Talking in the Library meeting will take place January 15 at Ollie Detwiler Elementary School at 4 p.m. If you’re a teacher or support staff employee, I hope to see you there. We have plans in place to hear from our other employees as well, those details are forthcoming.
From the beginning, I’ve said that it will take a community effort to support this District moving forward. Some of the most valuable voices in the community are those of our teachers. I hope all of you will lend your voice to these efforts. Together, we can imagine and create a new vision for our students.
Superintendent Dwight D. Jones