From the Superintendent: As Committed as Ever to Seeing Our Students Succeed

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Colleagues,

 

Last week, the local media reported on my plans to retire when my current contract ends in 2018. While this is not a surprise to many of you, it certainly became more real for me when I read about it in the newspaper.

 

I have always approached this job with a sense of urgency. Now, with this personal deadline, I am more committed than ever to making sure that all of our students, in all of their diversity, have the best chance for the outstanding education they deserve.

 

I am eager to complete the implementation and see results from our personalized learning initiative. I am excited for the first class of eighth graders from the new middle school model to matriculate to high school next fall. A five-year federal grant to improve student mental health has been underway for barely a year and promises positive changes and I am committed to seeing that through. A redefined Early College model is helping SPPS high school students understand the many ways they can earn college credit or vocational certification and get a head start on their post-secondary dreams.

 

So much is happening in our district, and so much of it is good. But we have a lot of work to do including addressing school climate issues in a way that serves students for generations to come.

 

After 30 years as a teacher and administrator in Saint Paul Public Schools, I am keenly aware that progress moves in fits and starts and often takes longer than we like. I have spent my entire career here in Saint Paul because that has allowed me to build the relationships and devote the time to get results right here in the community that I love.

 

I am looking forward to spending these next three years working with you to turn the work that we have been doing into real success for ALL of our students. All of us at Saint Paul Public Schools keep doing what we do because we love and believe in our work. I am as proud now as I have ever been to work among our teachers, our students and their families, and the thousands of others whose dedication makes our district a very special place.

 

Your very proud Superintendent,
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Valeria Silva