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Superintendent's Message 2019-09-12

Dear SLCSD students and families,

Welcome back! We are so excited to have you in our district this year. During the first month of the school year, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit all 40 schools in Salt Lake City School District. I was so impressed with the students and their eagerness to learn. I was equally impressed with the preparations made by our teachers and school faculties to make sure they were ready to welcome you. Let me tell you about a few of the fantastic classes I visited.

  • The 6th grade Safety Patrol at Indian Hills did a great job directing students and parents.  I was so impressed with the professionalism of the Safety Patrol and the dedication to ensure that all students arrived safely.
  • While visiting Newman, I joined Marilyn Call’s first grade class on a tour of the campus.  I appreciate that one of her students told me that I needed to move because I was in the wrong line.  I quickly moved to the correct line and enjoyed the tour.
  • While visiting Backman I enjoyed learning about important school rules.  Assistant Principal Dallin Miller was responsible for hallway behavior and he shared the secret word, “pineapple,” with students.  When you hear “pineapple,” you need to get in a straight line.
  • I had the opportunity to sit in on the 2nd grade PLC meeting at Riley.  I was so impressed with how the team used multiple data points to determine the needs of different students.
  • Liberty 1st graders were enjoying art when I visited.  They were getting ready to create a Jackson Pollock inspired picture.  One student referred to the Pollock example as “beautiful scribbles.”  I have to agree.
  • During the first week of school, West High Student Body Officers were already hard at work on Homecoming 2019.  They do a great job.
  • While in Eliza McKay’s class at Edison, I was fortunate to work with a wonderful partner.  He was very helpful and we agreed to be kind towards each other. 

I could go on and on about the marvelous visits I had at each school. I want to thank our principals and teachers for allowing me to be part of their classes.

As we move forward, I want to encourage all students to do their best, and if they need help, to ask their teachers or reach out to a principal, counselor, or any trusted adult. We will be there to help in any way we can.

For our parents and families, I cannot emphasize enough how important you are in the education process. Your level of involvement in your child’s education will greatly influence their achievement.  Please make a commitment to participate in parent teacher conferences and other school activities. Become a member of your school’s parent and teacher organization. If you have a question about homework, contact your child’s teacher. Our schools and students achieve more when you are directly involved.

Yours in education,
Lexi Cunningham

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