THE PAISD PRESS
Volume 2, Issue 2
Welcome to the Fall!
As stated in last month's newsletter, I recognize the importance of technology, but I also recognize the more we use it, the more we open ourselves up to being compromised. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Our Technology Department constantly monitors our network to ensure that we are all safe while using it. They will be providing tips on how to keep our district employees safe, on and off the clock, when using technology. With that being said, it is imperative that EVERY EMPLOYEE check their PAISD email and check it often. You do not want to miss important information that is shared on that platform.
October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many of us know personally how breast cancer can devastate a family, but we also know those that have survived it. We encourage all employees, male and female, to perform breast cancer self-checks often to ensure that you do not miss the signs for breast cancer. For more information on breast cancer prevention, please visit the following website: https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month and don't forget to wear pink every Wednesday during the month of October in observance of those lives lost and those who have survived breast cancer.
National Principals Month is observed during the month of October. We are honored to have 16 amazing individuals that lead our campuses in the district. Being a principal isn't a job of luxury; you must work hard, listen often and show empathy on a daily basis. I want to send a big thank you to our principals. We could not do what we do without you!
October 2nd is officially National Custodians Day. I would like to personally thank our Custodial Services Department, lead by Edgar Redeaux, for going above and beyond on a daily basis. Our custodians are the first in the building and the last to leave. They ensure that our buildings are clean and safe at all times and do it with a smile and a kind spirit. They deserve all of the praise!
We have listed important October dates below that campuses and departments can recognize this month. Please use these special dates as a way to connect with your community. Though we are still living in the COVID world, we want to find the best way to navigate in our "new normal." I cannot say enough how much I appreciate all that you've done and continue to do to keep our district moving forward. I do not take for granted the time and energy it takes to make a pivot as large as the one our district (and districts across this country) made over six months ago. We do not know when this season will end, but what we do know, is that we are still responsible for educating the students in our district. No matter the circumstances. I applaud every employee for going above and beyond the call of duty to not let our children down.
Mark L. Porterie, Ed.D.