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August 31, 2017
Dear KLSD Families,
As I write this welcome back message, the news is filled with images of Houston and the other parts of Texas ravaged by the recent hurricane and continuing storms. Our hearts go out to all those whose lives have been impacted.
Mindful of the plight of our fellow citizens, we turn our attention to next week’s start of school. This summer has been busy in the District. We have welcomed three new assistant principals and twenty new members of our staff (among them librarians, psychologists, and teachers). Parts of various buildings have undergone necessary physical renovations. Orientations for new students and welcome back picnics have begun. Our athletic teams’ practices are well underway. (Another article in this newsletter focuses on this year’s early Homecoming and all the associated activities. I hope we’ll see many of you there.)
Every strong organization must focus some of its energy on innovation in order to keep moving forward. This can be challenging in organizations that already are effective and that already achieve strong results. There is a natural tendency to repeat what works. But as educators, we know that learning never stops, and that research informs new ways to enrich the student experience. This week, I spent time with our first cohort of innovation grant recipients. These professionals, who come from across our District, will spend time together during the next two years, thinking about and designing new ways to engage our students. We look forward to sharing this work with our colleagues and with all of you in the years to come.
Most importantly, we are eager to welcome back our students on September 6th. Our commitment is to provide them with learning experiences that are active, relevant, and intellectually engaging. Learning should help us better understand ourselves while we come to understand more and more about the world and those around us. Learning should be joyful, too. In advance, we thank you for once again sharing your children with us and for partnering with us in their education. Here’s to a great 2017-18 school year.
Superintendent of Schools
The following dates and locations are open to all parents and community members. You do not need to attend at the school your child attends. Please limit your attendance to one Coffee per year. No RSVP is necessary.
October 18 - John Jay High School - 7:00 pm
November 30 - Increase Miller Elementary School - 9:30 am
December 6 - John Jay Middle School - 7:00 pm
April 26 - Meadow Pond Elementary School - 9:30 am
May 10 - Katonah Elementary School - 9:30 am