September 27, 2016
Good evening - Parents, students, community members and PUSD staff.
Before I begin, I want to thank all the staff involved in making this evening’s event a success. Let me also thank our esteemed panelists, who will guide us in an important discussion on parent engagement and technology.
And now I would like all PUSD staff members to stand and be acknowledged. Thank you for your service and dedication. The PUSD achievements I will briefly highlight this evening are a direct reflection of the quality and caliber of the teaching, administrative, and support staff we have here in our district.
I consider it a great honor to serve students, families, and members of the PUSD team and I am proud to serve as your superintendent of schools.
I want you to know that the decisions we make and how we devote our time in this district are focused on moving our graduate profile forward every day, so that all of our students will have a chance to reach their full potential. When students succeed in our schools and successfully graduate from our system ready for post secondary educational opportunities and careers, our community and local economy thrive.
Together, in partnership with parents, elected officials, staff, and community members, I believe that we have the intellectual horsepower and resources necessary to transform PUSD into the best school system in the area. This is why, this year, I am convening a diverse group of leaders from all levels of PUSD, along with parents and community thought partners, to come together to identify strategies that will ensure that every single child gets the attention and care he or she needs in order to be successful. This work will center on the development of individualized student plans that will serve as a roadmap for their success in school. If our collective efforts work, and I believe they will, we will learn what to do to ensure that every student will succeed in our schools. You can expect to hear more from me throughout the year on how this is progressing.
Additionally, I would like to share with you some of our notable achievements in 2016.
In the State of Schools e-newsletter, you can learn more about how each division is working to achieve results intended to move the mission and vision of the district forward. You will also see the full list of accomplishments and info graphics that tell our story on how we are leading the way in K-12 public education.
Thank you for your attendance here tonight, and for your support of PUSD schools. It is now my pleasure to introduce our Board of Education President Kimberly Kenne, who will provide the 2016 State of Schools Address.