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Superintendent's Message 2019-11-08

Dear SLCSD families and community,

It’s hard to believe it is November. As I reflect on our accomplishments as a district, I am thankful for so many things. 

I am thankful that we have 19 students recognized as National Merit Semi-Finalists. I am thankful that our teachers continue to refine their practice. I am thankful that our student athletes are doing well, both in the classroom and on the field. I am thankful that our arts programs are thriving and expanding. I am thankful that our CTE programs are excelling. I am thankful that our students are transported to school safely and receive breakfast and lunch. I am thankful that our facilities are clean. I am thankful that parents are greeted with a smile at each site. 

Perhaps what I am most thankful for is all of our SLCSD employees and their continued commitment to student success. I get the chance to see this in person as I visit schools each week. Here are just a few of great things happening in SLCSD.

  • Congratulations to Julie Anzelmo (East), Carolyn Brimhall (Highland), Mohsen Ghaffari (North Star), Tricia Holden (Emerson), Shannon Hoover (Highland Park), and Marilyn Taft (Hawthorne). They successfully renewed their National Board certification. We are so lucky to have so many National Board Certified teachers in SLCSD.
  • We were recently visited by professional football player and former SLCSD student Haloti Ngata, who dropped off a $15,000 check to support our ACT prep work at West, East, and Highland. We are always happy to welcome our alumni back and appreciate their support.
  • During the 2019 school year, Auxiliary Services completed 12,437 work orders.  I am so impressed with the work they do.

I hope you take some time this month to reflect and to recognize those things for which you are thankful. I am thankful to be the superintendent of this wonderful school district and that I get the chance to work alongside such amazing people and to interact with our marvelous students.

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

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