As we close out the 2016-2017 school year, we have a great deal to celebrate. The success of our students this year has been incredible. For the first time ever we’ve experienced classrooms achieving 100% of students passing the rigorous state math assessments, as well as tremendous student growth across the District.
I couldn’t be more proud of our teachers, support staff and administrators for their hard work and dedication in implementing classroom strategies that have supported our District initiatives and ensured the success and continued growth of all students, in every classroom, every day.
As is with the closing of any school year, we are forced to face the bittersweet moment when we have to say goodbye to our retirees. This year we are losing thirteen incredible members of our East Valley team. These individuals have played an integral role in shaping this district through the tremendous things they have done and programs they have overseen. Mother Theresa has said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” This year’s retirees have cast thousands of stones throughout their careers in education in the connections they have made with our students, staff, families and community members. The impact they have had is one that will continue for generations. We will miss them, but are happy for them as they move on to well-deserved retirements, where we hope that they can relax and take time to focus on themselves, instead of countless others.
Moving forward into the 2017-2018 school year we are optimistic that we can continue the momentum and growth of this past year. We enthusiastically welcome our new staff members and look forward to the what the future holds for the East Valley School District as they forge on in their roles, bringing with them a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience .