Superintendent Message - Thank you to our school communities
As we approach the end of the 2019-2020 school year I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your contributions to education. 2020 is without a doubt a year for the history books and I am certain that when I look back to this time, I will be filled with great pride in the way our school communities responded to the challenges COVID-19 has imposed.
First and foremost I would like to acknowledge our students. The impact of being suddenly shifted from attending school to learning at home, and being away from friends, sports, clubs and the usual school environment is not an easy transition. You all deserve to be commended for your resiliency, adaptation and dedication to your studies. To our graduates, my heart is with you. Your final year of high school took a very unexpected turn and I can only imagine the impact this must have on all of you. We look forward to celebrating your completion of high school when it becomes safe to do so and we wish you all the best in all your future endeavours. We are very proud of each and every one of you. To all our students; please know that the positive impact you have in your school, community and society is far-reaching and makes a difference. I am very humbled by the countless examples of collective and personal accomplishment, growth, school and community spirit demonstrated this school year.
Thank you to our parents, guardians and family members for your outstanding support and involvement. The way our families have rallied together to support learning at home, to provide child care, and to support one another is absolutely incredible. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us what we can accomplish when we work together and our families deserve to be commended for their tireless efforts to support students learning at home. The pandemic has certainly caused a variety of stressors to our lives and for our parents who are already juggling many roles and responsibilities, thank you. I recognize and appreciate the time, sacrifice, coordination and effort you have and are all making.
To our staff, thank you. Providing learning at home plans and delivering education in this way is not something we anticipated or planned for and I am astounded by the incredible response of our staff. Your resiliency, creativity, dedication and adaptability is noticed and is very appreciated. It has been a learning curve for all of us and the ways in which our staff throughout the division are collaborating and supporting one another is a true example of our mission statement “Learning together, success for all.” Every role in the division has a direct impact on student learning and success and I am so grateful for the care, support and guidance that I see demonstrated every day in the division.
Thank you to our community members and organizations. We are very grateful for your involvement and participation in education. Your support and involvement shows our students the importance of teamwork and community spirit – very important attributes that will serve them for all of their lives. We are very thankful for your time spent volunteering, providing input, advocating, and forming partnerships throughout our school division that brings increased opportunities for students and increases community and school spirit. Your support is significant and very much appreciated.
Students, staff, parents, community members and businesses, I sincerely thank you for your support and contributions over the past school year. You are all important members of the Peace River School Division family. Thank you for your hard work and endless contributions toward student success and well-being especially during this very challenging time. I wish you all a wonderful summer, you deserve it!