Northampton Public Schools Superintendent Blog

August 3, 2012

Posted on: August 3, 2012

By: bulldogza

Dear NPS Faculty and Staff:

I hope this letter finds you joyfully immersed in your summer work and reverie.  Make the most of this time to learn, rejuvenate, and prepare for September.

I am thrilled to be entering my second year as your superintendent.   I thoroughly enjoyed every step of the journey last year from my early entry plan meetings through the end-of-the-year listening sessions.  I admire your hard work and your academic accomplishments.  I can see the results of our quality faculty and staff in our student performance results, our commitment to the health and well being of our students, our willingness to collaborate and contribute, and our ability to learn and grow together as an educational community.  We are up for the challenge of another year and I am looking forward to seeing you all once again for our opening convocation on August 29th.   Once again this year, I invite all NPS employees to attend the convocation.  Please close the offices for this period of time, so we can all be together.

All of us will soon adjust to the new schedule, rhythm, and routine of the school year.  I trust we are also sensitive to how the children feel as they, too, make a significant transition back to school: new teachers, new classmates, new surroundings, new schedules.  Please welcome the students into the classroom with warmth and understanding.  I was never a supporter of the “don’t smile ‘til Christmas” mentality and do not believe the first day is the time to set the rules and expectations.  The first day, to me, is for people to meet people, to begin to develop relationships and rapport, and to begin immediately to establish a learning community.

Our students depend on us to have the talent, patience, intellect, compassion, and savvy to educate them through each grade level, scope and sequence, and course curriculum.  They rely on us to advance their learning progress so they can achieve in life, and as a result, perform well on MCAS, SAT, and college placement tests.  We have a sacred contract with the families of our community who trust us to be at our best each day for their child’s education. We have proven ourselves worthy of this task and we will continue to do so.

One final note, for those of you training for the triathlon, it’s time to step up the training and begin increasing your mileage.  For the volunteers and cheerleaders, I will truly depend on you to pull off this first grand event of Educator Athletes in Training to be Healthy!  Given the number of people I ran into this summer who shared their training regimens with me, the event promises to be a fun and inclusive event.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!


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