Kudos to the school district | SummitDaily.com

Kudos to the school district

Lyn Manton KruegerSummit County

I laughed about this one. Twenty years working in retail, and the pamphlet version of the lesson (or two) I learned shakes down to this: a happy customer may never share their positive experience with anyone. An unhappy customer will tell everyone. Allow me to share some Summit School District 2005-2006 positively awesome happenings: Dillon Valley Elementary IB Dual Language Program’s great inaugural year. Summit High’s Speech and Debate Team’s record as they launched into Nationals. High fives to the School Board for thinking outside the box by approving the committee’s recommendation for early release on Mondays to enable all staff weekly collaborative time. Prom participants arrived home safely. Every one. Thank-you kids. Thank-you parents. Thank-you PTSO, SPA, Silverthorne P.D., SHS administration and staff. In less than three years, Superintendent Hamner has led the District to a cooperative coalition of administration, faculty and staff. The District’s Mission statements are evolving from words and ideas to realities. The magnifying glass the Special Ed Vision Team placed on “best practices” for 504 and IEP kids turned attention to best practices for all kids. The integration of IB attitudes, teaching strategies, and learner profiles for all students; not just a select few. Kudos to Julie McClofsky for bringing focus to the Character Education Program. A bow of respect to Stephanie Texera for her state recognized instrumental music program. Across the District, the Music and Arts Programs are exceptional. A vote of support to Administration for standing strong on contractual agreements with students and families. Most of us are guilty of having made poor choices in our lives. Standing up to the consequences is an important character lesson. Our District makes a statement. The District, Bill Baker, and others have created a sustainable alternative learning program for middle and high school students needing a non-traditional environment. The District boasts a state recognized Preschool Program dedicated to addressing the needs of at-risk pre-kindergarten youngsters. Lessons learned on OUR home front: “Always do your homework. Don’t get behind.” Retiring District instructors have left big shoes to fill. Their individual and collective commitment over their years of service mandates each of us take the opportunity to offer them words of deep appreciation. New construction at SMS and SHS. New opportunities for students are on the horizon. Community support is resounding. Speaking of community support, the number of volunteer hours committed to Summit School District. Faculty, staff and administration consistently commit an inordinate amount of volunteer time. You are all my heroes. For all the wonderful work being done with and for our children, each and every day, many thanks.

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