From the Superintendent: Thank you for all of your hard work this school year

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Dear Colleagues,

When the students go home on Tuesday, please take a moment to reflect on the year that has passed. What stands out for you? What were some of the high points? What will you do differently next year? How did your practice change? How did your thinking change? I can say personally that I have learned a great deal throughout the year. Learning that will help me continue to grow next year.

Sometimes it can be easy to lose sight of all the good we do as a district. Every day we work with many thousands of children whose lives would not be the same without the education and support we provide -- and it does not end during the summer. In the next three months, several thousand young people will join us for S-Term where they will continue to grow, learn, and have access to opportunities they may not typically experience. Our SPPS food truck will be taking breakfast and lunch to where the kids are. And thousands of teachers and other staff will be recharging their batteries and planning for the next school year.

Working in a large urban school district, in which three-fourths of our students live in poverty, is one of the hardest jobs anyone can do. We face challenges here that are not dreamed of in smaller or more well-to-do districts. Yet we do not let our challenges define us. We embrace them as opportunities and constantly seek ways to get better at meeting them. I am among the first to admit we don’t have all the answers -- there isn’t a district in the nation who does. In the meantime, we must keep striving.

I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being here in Saint Paul. Thank you for working hard, for teaching, and for continuing to learn. Have a restful summer and come back in the fall with a clear mind and an open heart. 

Your Proud Superintendent,

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Valeria S. Silva