Reflect and Recharge

This week marks the end of a trying year for all of us, but after all that we have gone through together as a school district and as a community, my message to you is simple – we made it!  I know it was a hard year. I know we

Share the Love

There are so many things about this school year that have been fundamentally different than any other year I’ve experienced in my educational career. While it’s certainly been one of the most challenging for everyone, I’ve also been continually impressed by the resiliency and determination of our students. That couldn’t

Pride during the Pandemic

I am fortunate to have this opportunity to share my thoughts with all of you.  I feel even more grateful during this pandemic that has caused many sources of anxiety. I know I feel it every day in the weight of my responsibilities and decisions as Superintendent. I know our

A Year Like No Other

I know I join our administrators, teachers, support staff, and many others who have committed their lives to the cause of public education in saying that I could never have imagined a year like this one, nor could I have ever imagined the incredible sacrifices that our students would be

Listening and Learning

This week marked the beginning of our senior celebrations for the Class of 2020. I have seen so many incredible moments as our faculty and staff came together to plan this unique opportunity to celebrate our graduates despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Our students, especially our seniors, have already dealt with

Creative Connections: Communicating Through the Closure

  I have to be honest. I didn’t see this coming. I never could have imagined that I would be writing about the emergency closure of all the schools in our district and state. But here we are. Most schools across the entire country and many more all over the

Guest Blog: Student Journalists Meet Jane Pauley

This week, I’m happy to hand over my blog to several extremely talented student journalists. On January 29, 2020, as part of the inaugural season of The Chesapeake Forum, student media representatives from each of our high schools had the unique opportunity to interview award-winning journalist and host of CBS

A Reflection on the Future

Happy New Year! I hope that the holiday break provided all of our students and staff with a much-needed opportunity to rest and recharge. I know that I enjoyed my time spent with family and friends and hope you did the same. And although I typically don’t tend to make

Family Reunion Redefined

    There are lots of good things about family reunions: seeing loved ones you haven’t seen in a while, good food, and of course the chance to catch up and tell stories. These same good things were what made this year’s State of the School System breakfast feel like