Superintendent Shawn Ryan sent the following note to Clarkston Community Schools teachers and staff on Monday, May 4 to thank them for their dedication and heart this Teacher Appreciation Week.
Undoubtedly, this year's Teacher Appreciation Week is taking place during some of the most unpredictable circumstances we have ever faced as educators. Truly, we could not have done it without your flexibility and willingness to stay connected with students during this challenging time. Your ability to pivot to virtual at-home teaching and learning has been nothing short of a miracle.
Over the past few weeks, I have heard countless stories of how excited our students were to hear your voices and see your faces, if only on a screen. The bonds you have formed with your students have transcended the physical separation, and it has not gone unnoticed by me, our administrators, our School Board, or our district's parents.
We are beginning to gather the results of our Check-Up surveys, and I wanted to give you a sneak peak at what some of our parents are saying about your ceaseless efforts to engage your students in meaningful learning.
"The teachers have been absolutely amazing about 1:1 contact; commentary on submitted work and video chat meetings. It is very obvious they are working very hard behind the scenes. We have loved the interactive assignments from the homeroom teachers as well as the co-curricular teachers. We are so pleased with the work the district is doing to keep our children moving forward and feeling loved from afar."
"I appreciate the flexibility offered by my student's weekly learning plan. It has been helpful to our family with other children to oversee and two parents working from home. This is a challenging time for our family and we appreciate the opportunity to ebb and flow with his lessons, mood and health. Thank you for your hard work in creating these frameworks for us to follow. I know it must be a tough task!"
"We love the balance of activities and familiarity of programs already used by kids. Activities are short, simple, and purposeful. Thank you for also including co-curricular activities."
"The face-to-face interaction between teacher and student is priceless and is at the heart of the learning endeavor."
"Thank you to all of the Clarkston teachers for continuing to do an amazing job!"
"It has been fantastic! The teachers have been amazing. They have great communication and have provided so much support as we all adapt to this new learning environment. Thank you to everyone for the quick response to this and making sure our kids are still expanding their minds."
The National Education Association also just published results of a survey that indicated "overwhelming parent support for educators" in the midst of this global crisis. 88% of parents reported that they approve of how their children's teachers are handling the coronavirus pandemic. (You can read the full article here.)
I know 2020 hasn't been easy for you, but you continue to amaze me with your grace and fortitude. I am so grateful to call you each a part of the CCS family.
On behalf of the CCS Board of Education and our entire administration, thank you, Clarkston educators.
About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,100 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.
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