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From Superintendent Ryan: When One Shines, We All Shine

From Superintendent Ryan: When One Shines, We All Shine

Dear Friends of Clarkston Community Schools,

We hear it all the time: relationships are key to good health, happiness, and even a longer life. In the end, it's all about people, and the people in our lives who make a difference.

I had quite a bit of time in the car recently to think about some amazing people who have made a positive impact in our school community. After my morning meetings yesterday, I headed up to Traverse City to celebrate our very own Glenn Gualtieri, principal of Bailey Lake Elementary School, who (unbeknownst to him) was receiving the Michigan Elementary & Middle School Principals Association 2018 Outstanding Practicing Principal Award at the association's winter conference

This award is designed to recognize outstanding principals whose contributions to the profession are exemplary and recognized by their peers and communities alike. Before a packed hall full of principals from all over Michigan, Mr. Gualtieri was honored for his extraordinary leadership, commitment to his students and faculty, service to our community and his contributions to the overall profession.

I waited in the wings with Glenn's family for the announcement. To say he was surprised would be an understatement. In true fashion, Glenn humbly and eloquently accepted the award on the behalf of Clarkston Community Schools, saying that in Clarkston, "when one shines, we all shine."

No need for coffee to get me through my return trip last night...I was energized with pride for Glenn and our great school district all the way home!

My drive also gave me time to think about our retiring basketball coach of nearly four decades, Coach Dan Fife. In addition to back-to-back state championships, Coach Fife's many career accomplishments include 703 career wins, all with the Clarkston Wolves, and an enduring youth basketball program, the McGrath league (named after Fife's high school coach Bud McGrath).

We are grateful for Coach Fife's contributions and lasting legacy in our school district, and we invite you to join us in honoring him just before next Friday's home basketball game, on Friday, December 14 at 6:20pm.

This time of year, it's easy to be distracted with the "things" that demand our attention: things we need to do, things we need to buy, things we want to eat (or may be that's just me). Seven hours on the road yesterday reminded me that the "things" that bring us the most joy are the relationships in our lives and those who we are fortunate to know and celebrate.


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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