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From Superintendent Ryan: What We Wish for Kids

From Superintendent Ryan: What We Wish for Kids

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,

Imagine for a moment all of the things you wish for your children right now and in the years ahead. This week, I saw those wishes before my eyes (and it was beautiful). Take a look...

I don't think anyone in our district was happier than the 179 student honorees (and 600 guests) at this year's Clarkston Area Youth Assistance Youth Recognition Awards. Each year, this event identifies, recognizes, and celebrates Clarkston kids who have contributed to the well-being of our community. And each year, my heart explodes with pride for these kids who are quietly making a difference.

Our talented student artists are never more "in their element" than when they're expressing their creativity! Clarkston High School Drama presents "Radium Girls" tonight and tomorrow in the CHS Performing Arts at 7pm. Check out this video sneak peek our students made!

The Board Office (6389 Clarkston Rd.) has also become a stage of sorts this week. Stop by anytime through May 8 for an impressive display of visual arts by our students.

Service to Others
Independence Elementary held its annual S.O.C.K.S (Serving our Community, Kid-Style) Day, celebrating their school-wide Academic Service Learning projects, like making blankets for oncology patients at Beaumont Hospital.

Our students will also be fully engaged in Community Impact Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. If you've got a few hours to spare, there is no better way to bond with your kids than in service to other human beings. (I hear they are still looking for more helpers - sign up online!)

Last night, North Sashabaw Elementary opened its doors to an incredible crowd for Family Night. The building was buzzing with excitement as hundreds of students, siblings, and parents connected over fun family activities. Simply being together for a few uninterrupted hours as a family does so much, doesn't it?

Personal Fulfillment
Thursday was National Bring Your Child to Work Day, and CJHS went all out to give our teachers' kids an exciting hands-on experience! Likewise, many of our students across the district spent their day off-campus learning more about what brings their parents personal fulfillment. Our students are on a path to a future that excites them!

At a special student recognition breakfast on Thursday, I watched as the Clarkston Foundation honored students in grades 6-12 who are succeeding beyond measure in science and math. As I listened to their stories, I had no doubt that the skills these mathematicians and scientists are building today will continue to bring them success in the future!

Some other STEM superstars who are finding success this week are our members of Team RUSH and Coach Kyle Hughes, who are competing in the FIRST Robotics World Championship as we speak! I spent my afternoon completely immersed in the experience today, and have no doubt Team RUSH's hard work will amount to continued success. (Did you catch them on WDIV? Watch here.)

Parents, the dreams we have for our children are so simple, and we can see them taking shape in big and small ways every day - all we have to do is look around!

Have a great weekend,

Shawn Ryan
Superintendent of Schools