From the Superintendent: Expressing gratitude this Thanksgiving and beyond


Dear Colleagues:

Like many of you, I look forward to a three-day work week this week and our family’s Thanksgiving feast on Thursday. Safe travels to any of you who are venturing out of the Twin Cities. With any luck, the warmer weather will rid us of our icy roads and sidewalks.

Since this is a traditional time of year to think about one’s blessings, I must admit that I haven’t particularly enjoyed the cold weather this early in the fall! On the other hand, I have been fortunate in so many other ways that I simply have to overlook that.

Instead I must focus on:

  • Being lucky enough to work in a field that allows me to make a true impact on our world. The students we teach today will be our leaders tomorrow and will determine the future of our world.
  • Working with people who share my joy in education and who give me a reason to get up each day to go to work.
  • Living and working in a community filled with people and organizations who support our work to improve the education experience in SPPS.
  • Having the ability to drive to any of our schools at any time and seeing our work in action, seeing our students in action. Proud children, smiling children, engaged children … there’s nothing more beautiful to me.

Of course, some of our children won’t have the pleasure of a Thanksgiving feast this year and my heart breaks at their poverty. But I know that the surest way out of poverty is education and that is our ultimate responsibility.

Be grateful for all you have, friends. I am grateful to have each of you in my life.

Your very proud superintendent,

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Valeria Silva