Board of Education Regular Meeting will be help on July 15, 2024. An agenda will be posted by July 12th.

Are you ready for the new decade?

With February right around the corner, I’ve got an important question to ask you and everyone else who cares about our schools?

Will our students be ready for the new opportunities the new decade will bring?

You know why I’m wrestling with this question.

As superintendent, it’s my job to make sure we are addressing this question each and every day.

This question has significance for everyone in our school family (including you, of course), especially sinceour district’s slogan is “FSD–where effort opens opportunity.”

No doubt the truism contained in our slogan is one we all want to instill in our students, as we know it will serve them well throughout their lives.

It’s essential to understand that positive results are most often brought about by diligent and positive effort.

This said, there’s also question I must ask.
If effort is what opens and expands opportunity, what FIRST must be in place before a meaningful effort can be made?

Luckily, there’s a simple answer.

It’s called PREPARATION.

And this is what fuels the general success of every effort.

I see it like this.

In our district, our ENTIRE school team (from the school board to our great people in every department) is committed about planning and providing caring and coordinated challenge and support to all of our students, both in and out of the classroom.

Students sitting with laptops

For sure, this has been true for many generations in FSD, not just as we enter 2020.

But as we roll into a brand new decade, it’s good for us to rest the spotlight here for a this brief moment.

We never want to become complacent and simply assume excellent teaching and learning “just happens.”

Far from it.

So we take PREPARATION seriously.

Yes, the coordination of time, talent, professional expertise, and community-provided resources requires effort, but future opportunities for our students are multiplied as a result.

Do I wish I had an easy auto-start button I could just click to ignite the whole preparation – effort – opportunity process?

You bet!

But this button doesn’t exist, of course.

And frankly, I’m happier knowing our district is anchored by good people and good programs.

They are what lifts up FSD, helps us maintain our focus on the excellent PREPARATION of our students, and ensures our slogan will always ring true.

Because of them (and you! again!), our schools will continue to be special places in our state where EFFORT opens OPPORTUNITY.

We’ll keep doing whatever we can to help our students grow confident in their problem-solving skills, talents, creativity, and their other unique abilities.

This focus will help students will be ready for every new opportunity that comes their way in the new decade…

and beyond!

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