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Superintendent's Message 2018-10-03

As Superintendent, I have the tremendous opportunity to visit our wonderful schools and see what is happening in our classrooms. As I have made my visits over the past month, one thing has become obviously clear to me. We could not accomplish so much without your help and support. Our schools and our district depend on it, and I am extremely grateful.

Over the past few weeks, I have had the honor to attend many special events that highlight how parents and our community play a vital role in SLCSD.

  • I was so excited to attend the University of Utah football game last Saturday with the Whittier staff and stand with them as they received a $10,000 check.  It was so much fun.  Whittier will use some of the money to support literacy work at the school.  They will also have Ute athletes visit their campus throughout the year to work with students.
  • We had a nice turnout at our first Parent University on Saturday. Parents had the opportunity to attend several workshops and learn how to support their children.
  •  SLCSD Principals recently spent a morning at the police station learning about school safety and strengthening our partnership with the SLC Police Department.
  • Thank you to Microsoft for supporting Edison Elementary students with 140 backpacks filled with school supplies and providing STEM opportunities for Edison families.
  • Volunteers from the Bennion Center and the community participated in the Legacy of Lowell project at the Glendale-Mountain View Community Learning Center. They helped clear the community gardens of weeds and spread 16 cubic yards of mulch along the walkways. 

These are just a few examples of the outstanding help you have offered to SLCSD, and I would simply like to say, “Thank you!”

If you know of any other activities like those I have mentioned above, please let our Link to district department know so we can include pictures and information on our website and social media. If you would like to volunteer in our schools, please contact the link to foundation.

Lastly, I can’t end without recognizing another wonderful group of people who do so much for SLCSD: our principals! October is National Principals Month and a great time to recognize how much time and hard work our school leaders dedicate to serving our schools and students. Sometime this month, please take a few moments to thank your school’s principal, or even a former principal. Their work has a great and lasting impact on our students and our community.

Yours in education,
Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent, Salt Lake City School District

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