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Superintendent's Message 2019-10-11

Dear SLCSD families and community,

Each school year, I like to introduce a theme for the year for our employees. My theme for this year is “One SLCSD.” The idea behind this theme is simple but powerful. We are ONE. This includes not only school and district employees, but also students, families, and our community. We are united in this great effort to help children be the best they can be. We must work together to help children overcome obstacles, and we must come together to support each other.

My first challenge to SLCSD employees as I introduced the theme of “One SLCSD” was to make every student feel welcome. I challenged our administrators, teachers, custodians, secretaries, and all staff members to focus on welcoming students. I asked them to establish welcoming routines and practices that can be used at school each day. I asked them to create a standard of respectful listening and practices that will allow students to connect with one another and create a sense of belonging. I asked them to support contributions by all voices. We want our students, your children, to know and feel that we care about them and we want them in our schools.  

As I visit schools and classrooms each week, I see SLCSD employees stepping up to the challenge. They are taking the time to personally greet and welcome each student. They are carefully listening to make sure they understand any questions or concerns. They are respecting the different and unique experiences being shared by our students.

I hope you can join me in this effort. Take time each day to talk to your children about what happened in school. Ask them if they feel welcome and if they think their questions or concerns are listened to and answered. Reach out to your school to provide feedback, and if you yourself have questions, ask your child’s teacher or principal. If you don’t have children in school, we welcome your help as well. We always need caring volunteers, who can spend a few minutes during the day working with students and teachers or organizing events. Please contact your local school to find ways to help.

I look forward to seeing the difference these efforts can make.

Yours in education,
Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Salt Lake City School District 

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