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Superintendent's Message 2018-09-05

Dear SLCSD families and community,

It has been my pleasure to visit every school in our district within the last two weeks to welcome students and staff and to visit classrooms. I’ve had a BLAST! We have so many wonderful things taking place at each school. Our grounds and buildings look great. Thousands of meals are being served, and our busses are rolling along. It has been a great start to a new year!

Here are just a few examples of the great things happening in our schools.

  • I had the opportunity to visit Jeffrey Zivkovic’s classroom at Bryant Middle School, and his students were making foil boats as part of their Coding class. Students were divided into teams, and each team built a boat of foil. They then had to float their boats in buckets of water and add one penny at a time until the boat sank. The record that morning was 224 pennies.
  • When visiting Beacon Heights Elementary, I heard singing coming from a classroom so I stopped by. Amanda Lau’s 3rd graders were singing The Star-Spangled Banner. They were really good. 
  • At Clayton Middle School I was blown away by the amazing school wide C&A (Curriculum and Assessment) collaboration taking place throughout the building. Hats off to Kate Arch for her organization and planning, and also to all the Clayton teachers who were leading large and small group lessons.
  • While at Mary W. Jackson Elementary, I went in Ramon Lagos’s 1st grade classroom, and he was teaching a math lesson. I happened to sit at a table with two students who had loose teeth. I did not see much of the lesson, but I did look at loose teeth and talked about the Tooth Fairy.
  • Julie Henderson’s 6th graders at Hawthorne Elementary beat me in a game of Faster than a Calculator. They had to answer the equation before I finished entering the numbers in a calculator. They were super fast!

It is a privilege to teach and interact with your students every day, and we learn so many things from them, as well. SLCSD is a great place where great things are happening. Thank you for making sure your students are on time and ready for school each day as we work to achieve our vision of Equity and Excellence: every student, every classroom, every day.

Yours in education,

Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent

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