As we prepare for our Thanksgiving Break next week, I am personally thankful for all the people who work and volunteer to make our New England Public Schools system such a great place for our students.
This time of year gives us all an opportunity to pause and reflect on the many things for which we have to be grateful. As I take the time to give thanks for the many things that have occurred to shape my life and make me a better person, I would like to share a few things I am thankful for. The many wonderful people that I have met within New England School District that give their all to focus on the mission of our school district—“ to provide an equal opportunity for each individual to obtain a quality education enabling him or her to reach his or her highest intellectual, social, emotional and physical potential.”
The inspiring teachers that go the extra mile to make certain that they are well trained, thoughtfully prepared, and constantly engaging so their students are provided only the best learning experiences. The conscientious classified employees who are dedicated to and focused on their work as it is essential to the support of our young people in the future opportunities and ambitions. The extraordinary effort that is put forth to ensure that our students are supported by a comfortable and rich learning environment through our Transportation, Nutrition Services, and Facilities Departments so that acquiring new knowledge can and does take place every day. The tens of thousands of hours that are needed to make certain that all of the functions of New England Public School District (Business Office, School Office, and Student Support Services) are accomplished each and every day.
Our Board of Education as they diligently deliberate, establish goals and provide direction for the education of all students within our District. Every day, our teachers, support staff, volunteers and administrators come to school prepared to provide the best possible experience for our students. Not only do we work together to help students learn, but we also provide a safe, nurturing place for them.
Our New England Public Schools system is much more than a school system. When I visit classrooms, or walk down the hallways, I see teachers and staff members working with students on social skills and etiquette. Staff members collaborate with churches and community groups to provide “weekend backpacks” full of food for some of our students who may need some extra support. We have quiet angels who take care of needs – students who need jackets; girls who need prom dresses; a child who needs money for a field trip; and countless other everyday needs quietly cared for by angels in our system. I am grateful for the exceptional work you do as a team for our young people throughout our District and am blessed to be able to be engaged in this noble cause with you.
Thank you for working together with me toward a much greater purpose than ourselves. Thank you for keeping “every child, every day” at the forefront of the work we do each day and for working toward the greater good—our future. I am grateful for you and the tremendous impact you have had on my life and on the lives of our students.Our school system is full of wonderful people, and wonderful programs. Our community is supportive, and contributes both time and money to our schools. It has truly been a team effort.
As we move through this season of Thanksgiving, I am thankful to be a part of the New England Public Schools.