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Letter from the Superintendent - November 2018

November has arrived so we are definitely into the holiday season. Along with the joy of the holidays, sometimes students (and parents) feel a bit of anxiety knowing that there are fewer weeks of school left in the semester to work on grades and coursework needed for those grades. Well, that is true, but for almost every student there is still time to do that extra work, get projects turned in, and bump those grades up to a desired level. At the high school level that is particularly important since a course may need to be repeated if it is a required course needed for graduation, or if it is needed to move on to the next level of a sequence of classes (Algebra 1 before Algebra 2, etc.).

Breaks are a much needed part of a semester, so with Thanksgiving coming up in the latter part of November and Christmas break coming up in December, there will be some good rest time. This year the calendar fell on dates that allowed for two full weeks off for the holidays. Please plan accordingly. It’s always frustrating and can be difficult for a student when school is out for two weeks over Christmas and then a family vacation is taken a week after that two week period during school time. Missing school at the beginning or end of a semester can put a great deal of pressure on a student so please make every effort to keep your child in school while school is in session.

There are many musical events that our students are involved in during this time of year, and I encourage you to attend these events and see what wonderful talent our students have. The music teachers work very hard on preparing our students to entertain you and celebrate the holidays. We’d love to see you along with Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, family friends and all. It’s a joyful time!



R. Todd Porter