As I write this, we are headed down the home stretch of another school year. I have shared numerous times over my years in education that a good school year has a certain rhythm and flow to it, where everyone is in sync with what to do to optimize our work as a school district. That rhythm and flow has been harder to find the past three years due to circumstances like the winter of 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the derecho of 2020. However, we were able to get back some of that groove this year, and things seemed a little more normal despite continued challenges. I am proud of everyone in the district; the students, staff members, parents, and community members, for helping us maintain a rhythm and flow that has resulted in great things. While the national narrative is one that speaks of lagging student achievement and learning due to the challenges of the past several years, our data shows that our students continue to learn and grow as learners at high rates. This is because of the dedication and perseverance of all of you, and you should take a moment to pat yourself on the back for a job well done. We know that we still have room to grow, especially in the area of the social and emotional well-being of all our students. We are dedicated to continue to improve as professionals to meet the needs of our students, and to ensure we do everything we can to help them learn and grow as students and people.
These are challenging times for our world in many ways, and our kids often feel that stress in their own lives when the world is crazy. I encourage all of us to continue to listen to and talk to our kids, so we know how we can best help them to navigate the world during challenging times. I also encourage all of us, kids and adults alike, to take time this summer to relax and enjoy the finer things in life. The years go by quickly, so please do not put off doing something that you will later regret that you did not do. Take the time to take care of yourselves and one another. And please wish the Class of 2022 good luck as they venture out into the next stage of their lives.
Thank you for another great year in Mount Vernon. Go Mustangs!