From the Superintendent: Looking forward to listening and learning from you


Dear Colleagues:

My visits to schools continue. Being around our students feeds my soul, and I learn valuable information from staff about how to improve our work.

For example, I know from being in our schools that it’s been a struggle to find substitutes to cover for teachers who are receiving vital iPad training. I know, too, that our teachers have really stepped up to the plate to help out, giving up prep times to cover classes. Thank you. We are working to get this situation under control through a number of creative solutions. One solution includes signing up our newly graduated student teachers to work as subs for the remainder of the year, particularly at our sites where we have the greatest need for coverage. I’m sure we’ve trained them well!

I hope to learn from more of you at our new “Sharing with the Supt’ conversations that begin this week. These informal gatherings of SPPS employees will give staff the opportunity to meet with me to provide input on school-related issues, make recommendations on how to enhance student learning, and advocate for the success of schools, youth and families.

What I’m most looking forward to at these meetings is listening and learning from all of you.

I will be sending out an amended schedule of meetings this week that includes a date and time for support staff not included on the first schedule. And if you can’t make it to any of these scheduled meetings, don’t worry. More will be scheduled after winter break. Our assistant superintendents will also be holding sessions at the schools to gather more input.

And don’t forget the other avenues you have for learning about our work and sharing your ideas:

Let me close today by sharing my solemn and sincere gratitude to the many men and women who have served the United States through our U.S. Armed Forces.

On Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11, I hope everyone will take a moment to give thanks for the contributions made by our own staff or their family members. Because I come from a country without many of the freedoms and opportunities available in the United States, I am deeply aware of what our military women and men have made possible. I am very proud, indeed, to be an American citizen.

Your very proud superintendent,

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Valeria Silva