District Connection

A message from Superintendent Dr. James M. Gay

"These are trying times but they are times to try new things"

October 9, 2020

In one of this week's D230Proud videos, Sandburg Art Teacher Daniel McCabe said something profound that I feel sums up just about every aspect of education in 2020.

"These are trying times but they are times to try new things," he said.

I am incredibly proud of the innovation, tenacity, and grit students, families, and staff have displayed in trying new things. Reinventing the way we teach and learn in a remote and hybrid format, engaging with families through virtual Back to School Nights and upcoming virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences, implementing new apps in remote learning, and addressing the social and emotional needs of students through meditation, breakout rooms to engage with their peers, and in-person attention and coaching are all ways in which we are trying new things.

Through each of these experiences, we are modeling for students the grit we have long tried to build in them. We are modeling for them how we can adapt when circumstances change. We are modeling for them that maintaining a growth mindset during challenging times helps us grow.

As we approach this long weekend, I encourage you to also model for students the importance of rest and rejuvenation. Take time this weekend to do the things that bring you joy, that recharge you, and that prepare you to be your best for our students, our families, and our colleagues. Through rest, we will have the energy to provide the education our students deserve and our community expects, even in the most trying times. And, that is why I am D230Proud.


Dr. Jim Gay

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