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From Superintendent Ryan: Happy Holidays

From Superintendent Ryan: Happy Holidays

Dear Friends of Clarkston Community Schools,

Have you ever heard the Chinese parable about a farmer whose new stallion runs away and is lost? The neighbors lament his bad luck, and offer their sympathies. He simply replies, "good news, bad news...who can say?" After some time, the stallion returns with a rare and valuable white mare. The neighbors congratulate him on his good fortune to which he again replies, "good news, bad news...who can say?" (If you're interested, you can Google the rest of the story, but I think you get the point.)

The end of the year offers us a chance to reflect on the previous 12 months: the highs and the lows, the whys and why nots, and all of the moments in between. A stumble may be a fortuitous blessing in disguise, and a windfall may yield a burden.

As everything changes around us, the only constant is our mindset. For me (an eternal optimist), this means gracefully letting go of 2018 and looking ahead to all of the possibilities of 2019. I look with anticipation to the exciting opportunities a new year brings, but I also expect and welcome the challenges. I can't wait to seize the year!

Like the farmer in the parable, we cannot be blinded by the highs or beaten by the lows. Instead, let's make the deliberate choice to turn our eyes toward the path ahead and keep moving forward! Don't make resolutions, just take a step each day that moves you closer to a better future. You may be surprised where your path takes you.

I wish you and yours the happiest of holidays and a new year full of possibility and wonder.


Shawn Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of more than 7,500 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. Each Clarkston Community Schools' student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in students a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to cultivate thinkers, learners and positive contributors to a global society.

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