As I reflect on this school year, rapidly coming to a close, I am struck by the extreme highs and lows of a year filled with both great challenges and accomplishments.
Our school district family lost three dear members this school year, Mike Lizotte, Denise Dahl, and now Andrea Grote. In these sad moments I have seen the grief and sorrow, but I have also witnessed countless beautiful acts of kindness from our staff and community. On each of these sad occasions, staff have rallied to provide support for each other and students in countless ways.
It has also been a year of great accomplishments, and there is reason to have pride in the way we are turning the corner to a brighter future.
Project Lead the Way implementation at the middle school has been very successful. The table has been set to begin offering free all-day everyday kindergarten next fall. Our technology committee was named the Technology Team of the Year by TIES. Planning has begun to welcome Air Force JROTC in the future. The Sunrise River School was designated a “Celebration School” by the Department of Education. Middle school principal Todd Tetzlaff is the Capitol Division Middle School Principal of the Year. School board member Kirby Ekstrom was honored as with inclusion on the all-state school board.
For each of these accomplishments, there are multiple others I don’t have the space here to acknowledge.
I would very much like to extend my deepest gratitude to fellow employees for the grace and dedication they showed this year, both in good times and in bad. I have said it before and will again, but right now I can’t imagine a better group of people, and I am so very proud to be a part of this school district.