Superintendent's Message: Giving the best that all of us have to give
With the close of this school year, I want to take a moment to recognize the challenges we have faced and express my deepest appreciation for the work of so many to support our school community’s families, students and staff.
Famed educator, philanthropist and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune once said, “The progress of the world will call for the best that all of us have to give.” I am so proud to have witnessed and experienced the best that so many in our community have given during these difficult times.
When the school year began, none of us could have imagined the remarkable events that would unfold in our community and around the world. These circumstances have presented tremendous challenges, but our schools and community rose to the occasion with courage, creativity and resilience.
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of school buildings, our students, families and educators adjusted to the unfamiliar experience of distance learning. Teachers found new ways to teach and connect with students and families, while our students found new ways to learn and engage with their teachers and classmates. Our parent and guardian community took on new roles and worked tirelessly to support their children and schools. While it has not been perfect, it has been incredibly inspiring to witness and be a part of.
We also remain deeply committed to the anti-racist work that is making progress across our country. Shoreline Public Schools stands in solidarity with the Black students, families and staff, as well as those who are raising their voice to call for social justice. We reaffirm our determination as a school district to eradicate racism, bias and oppression in our schools and community. We have made important progress in the last few years to prioritize this work, understand the root causes of inequity and make important commitments to help us become a more anti-racist school district. The road forward will require us to center the voices and experiences of students, families, and staff of color to improve our school system.
Thank you all for your extraordinary support this spring in particular, but also throughout the school year. We will continue to face challenges in the months ahead, but I’m confident that our students, families, staff and community will continue to give the very best that they have as we work tirelessly to support each other.