Dear Staff and Families,
This has been a busy and exciting week. I know that the next two weeks will bring even more fun events, as we wrap up the school year celebrating successes and anticipating new beginnings.
I’m sure you were all as pleased as I am that the Board of Education approved a revision of our Face Mask Policy, which now allows us to remove masks when outside. The revised policy can be found on page 191, in the Student (5000) policies, which are posted on our website. Not only is it a pleasure that our students and staff can enjoy the great outdoors without masks, but it is also nice to see the smiles that have been hiding behind those masks all year.
Speaking of smiles, I certainly saw many on the faces of those graduating from our Adult and Continuing Education programs this week. While I am proud of each and every SPS graduate, those who succeed in our ESL, GED, NEDP and HSCDP programs often face even greater challenges than those who graduate from our three main high schools. So it warms my heart even deeper, when I see the pride on their faces and on the faces of their family members.
Also this week, I had the honor of congratulating and thanking our SPS retirees and those celebrating milestones in their careers. While our celebration was scaled back a bit, due to COVID-19 challenges, I believe everyone who attended can attest that even with fewer people the energy and enthusiasm was stronger than ever. Again, congratulations and a wholehearted thank you to all of the honorees and retirees!
Looking forward, the Long-Term Facilities Committee will be hosting four virtual and two in-person meetings to share the state of our facilities and gather input from community members to determine our next steps. In an effort to manage the size of the sessions and to address commonality among neighborhood concerns, we are encouraging those interested to attend the virtual session designated for their neighborhood or district middle school. The in-person sessions are open to all. Please see the dates and details on this flyer.
Remember, SPEF’s Excellence in Education Award celebration is taking place in Mill River Park this Sunday, from noon to 3:00. There will be performances throughout the day by SPS students. And, those who planned to attend the Memorial Day ceremonies that were rained out, the parade and commemoration have been rescheduled for June 13. The logistics remain the same. The parade is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., at Latham Park, and concludes with a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park.
It is so nice to be celebrating in ways much closer to normal, especially for our high school seniors who have an opportunity to attend prom. While the venues are different from proms past, I know the experience will create fond lifelong memories.
Stay safe and healthy!
Dr. Tamu Lucero, Superintendent of Schools