Thursday, December 20, 2018
It's hard to believe that it's already winter break. With the New Year upon us, it is time to reflect and look forward. We have had many positive things to celebrate in our schools in 2018. The beginning of our high school construction project, the launch of our Kinder BRIDGE program, 2 schools recognized with prestigious Washington State School of Distinction Awards, many staff, athletic and extracurricular awards, more than 186 new EVHS alumni and countless lasting impressions with our students and community.
It seems that the new trend in resolutions is to pick one word and allow that word to guide you as you take on the challenges of the New Year. As we look forward to 2019, the word GROWTH comes to mind for East Valley. Growth for our East Valley Community, growth for our district and school programs and especially for the growth of all students in our schools.
The expectations of student performance have risen year after year to new heights, and along with that, the expectations of our staff to prepare our students for the academic rigor they are now facing. We want our students to overcome challenges and excel in these new learning opportunities. As educators, we understand that learning is not always easy and that if students can learn to fail forward and, apply lessons learned from their mistakes, they are more likely to succeed in later attempts. To truly lead our students to success, we need our families to embrace the learning process, teach kids how to learn from failure and emphasize the power of grit, the mindset and ability to show confidence, self-control and perseverance in new, tough situations. We are confident that with the support of our staff and families, our students will reach their highest potential.
It is my hope that we all enjoy winter break and spend much needed, precious time with our families and loved ones. We look forward to welcoming our students, staff and families back to school on January 2nd and hope that we all return with a mindset of continued growth in the new year.
Wishing you a Happy & Safe Holiday Season!