Superintendent's Welcome Back Letter 2016
Now, it’s time to get back to work and I can tell from my school visits today everyone is ready. I had the opportunity to stop by and talk with students, teachers and administrators at several schools starting at The Villages Elementary and Fruitland Park Elementary, then working my way to Beverly Shores Elementary, Carver Middle, Oak Park Middle, Leesburg Elementary, Rimes Early Learning Center, Treadway Elementary and ending the day at Tavares Middle.
What I saw made me so proud!
Overall, schools were well prepared and we enjoyed an orderly and calm first day. Many of our elementary schools have implemented a uniform policy, and students showed up looking professional and prepared to learn. This was particularly apparent at Beverly Shores Elementary, where this is the first year for uniforms. Thank you parents and students for embracing this initiative.
Traffic was a little heavy at morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, but it flowed smoothly. I want to thank our local law enforcement officers and the sheriff’s department for assisting us in that area. I’m also grateful to the community for watching out for our students as they walk and ride their bikes to and from school. We had a few late buses, which is to be expected on the first day, but I truly appreciate everyone’s patience as we readjust to our new schedules.
I will continue school visits this week and next week. I look forward to seeing the excitement on our students’ faces as we expand opportunities in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), including several new robotics programs at our schools. We are also launching Personalized Learning at Carver Middle, East Ridge High, East Ridge Middle, Eustis High, Eustis Middle, Gray Middle, Lake Minneola High and Pine Ridge Elementary, and I think students and parents are going see great benefits.
It is our goal this year, like every year, to create safe and engaging learning environments where all of our students can excel. One area of safety that we have taken a close interest in is guidance and resources related to the prevention of the Zika virus. We are working closely with the Department of Health to make sure we have the latest guidelines and that the information is passed along to our students and parents.
Parents will receive other information from schools this week, including forms that will help us communicate easily throughout the year. I urge parents to complete those forms and turn them in, and to look for opportunities to get involved with our schools. We want to partner with parents, businesses and the community at large to give our students numerous opportunities to learn, grow and excel.
I have encouraged employees across the district to “nurture and nudge” students this year. “Nurture” by caring about students and putting their needs first, demonstrating that they are our No. 1 priority, and “nudge” with a commitment to excellence, helping all students succeed.
Serving as your superintendent is a great privilege and honor. Thank you for the trust you have put in all of the professionals here at Lake County Schools.
We’re going to have an outstanding school year!
Susan Moxley, Ed.D.