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Superintendent's Message 2019-03-08

It’s March, and I can’t believe how fast the school year is progressing. Just a few weeks ago, we were shoveling huge amounts of snow off our driveways and sidewalks. In fact, the large accumulations of snow led to a very rare event  – a snow day. There hasn’t been a snow day in Salt Lake City School District for over 20 years.

As I look back on that eventful day, I want to thank, first and foremost, SLCSD’s fantastic custodians and Facility Services personnel, who spent the entire day clearing our parking lots, sidewalks, and school campuses. I also want to thank our principals, teachers, school staff, and employees, who worked so diligently to spread the message about schools being closed on that day. Thanks to our parents and students as well for their flexibility. I also want to remind parents of two things.

  1. Because we missed a full day of school, we must have a make-up day. That day was already built into our calendar and is scheduled for Friday, May 24. Please do all that you can to ensure your students are in school on that Friday.
  2. If you did not receive our multiple notifications, which were sent out via email, phone, and text messaging, on that snow day, please contact your school secretary and make sure your contact information is updated and correct in our database.  If you did not receive text messages from the district and would like to, please follow the instructions found on our website.

As we move forward into Spring, it’s time to start think about testing. Yes, believe it not, our end-of-year testing will start soon. These tests are important. They give us a snap shot of what our students have learned, and the test results enable us to track where we may have some deficiencies in our instruction and allow us to make needed changes. Please encourage your students to take these tests seriously and help them be prepared by making sure they are well rested and ready for school each day.

You can help your students be ready for these soon-to-come tests by following these tips today.

  • Assist your students with homework and ensure that your students are completing all homework assignments
  • Help your students develop good study habits, thinking skills, and a positive attitude towards school from an early age
  • Ensure that your students have good attendance at school
  • Stay in communication with your students' teachers
  • Encourage your students to read as much as possible - even reading magazines, newspapers, and comic books regularly will help improve reading skills
  • Look for educational games and programs that engage your students

Yours in education,
Dr. Lexi Cunningham

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