Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,
The first day of school is nearly upon us; Parents can soon get their cameras and phones ready to take a picture or two of their children. My hope is that you can capture a great picture and produce a wonderful memory for you and your child. I am excited for the new school year to begin!
One of the special things about a new school year is the incredible sense of possibility that all of us feel. Our principals, teachers and staff will soon be busy making connections with students and setting the tone for a positive/ productive school year. Additionally, this year our schools will implement more professional development centered on fostering resilient learners. Our goal is to implement a variety of techniques and strategies that will better create an environment for learning, focus, and growth. Feel free to visit with your child’s teacher or school principal to learn more about this initiative.
The 2017-2018 school year was my first school year in La Grande School District; I had the opportunity to meet with many staff members, parents, guardians and community members. During many of my meetings I was often pleased and impressed with the quality of people our La Grande community has to offer. My experiences only solidified how supportive, giving, kind our parents, staff members, and citizens are. I often felt a sense of care, pride, partnership for our staff and students. Because educating our children for a successful future is likely our most important and significant work we can do in our lifetime...My hope is that we can continue to grow, communicate, care, and be in support of one another. We must always find ways to work together so that we can produce the best possible experience for our children and our community.
As the school year moves forward, I invite you visit with me over coffee, make an appointment to see me or write me a letter to share feedback, information, concerns or celebrations. This school year our district will also develop a Five Year Strategic Plan that will focus on updating our vision, mission, values, beliefs and long term goals supported with performance indicators and outcomes that we plan to monitor. More news will come out related to dates for giving input. I urge you to get involved with this process by sharing your ideas once we collect public input.
Finally, I wish you and your family only the best for our 2018-2019 school year. Please, do not hesitate to contact our principals, district leaders, and/or myself should you have any questions or concerns.
Sincerely, George Mendoza
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