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From the interim superintendent -- Spring 2016

Opportunity all around

Opportunity can mean one of two things: either the joining of favorable circumstances, or the chance for advancement.


Providing both to our students is a priority for me as interim superintendent in the City School District of Albany.

 

In the past several months I’ve observed numerous opportunities for students of all ages to learn and grow. This includes quality instruction, special projects, reading celebrations, school plays, field trips, award ceremonies and celebrations, sports, music, art and much more.

 

These opportunities allow our students to shine and show their diverse talents in many ways. They culminate in end-of-year highlights such as moving-up ceremonies and the ultimate milestone: Albany High School graduation on June 26.


The end of school is a natural time to look back on the past school year and plan for the next school year and beyond. Although school is officially over June 24, our staff and I will continue to work through the summer on important projects that also involve opportunity.

 

Ongoing efforts include re-crafting a Code of Conduct that will reaffirm our commitment to changing discipline practices and procedures that have perpetuated disproportionate suspension rates for black students and students with disabilities.

 

We also are continuing the work of the Grade Configuration Steering Committee, which is studying short- and long-term enrollment and facilities options for our elementary and middle schools so they meet the needs of our growing student population.

 

Our goal, as we move forward with these and other projects, is to give every student every opportunity to succeed and grow emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially.

 

Underlying this work is a shared vision of equity for all of our students in all forms of opportunity.

 

The district remains committed to providing the highest-quality educational experience for all students, who will continue to be our primary focus. They and our schools are a source of pride and value to our community, and this is evident throughout the pages of this newsletter.

 

I invite parents to take the opportunity to be actively involved in their child’s education, and I extend an invitation to the entire community to join us at school activities and events as often as possible. (That includes our annual Summer Celebration Saturday, July 16 in Krank Park. This free family event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. features food, music, fun and information from dozens of community organizations.)

     

Please know that I value your involvement, engagement and support for the learning of all of our students. I look forward to having many opportunities to work with you.

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