With the passing of October, we brought the first quarter to a close. The students transitioned nicely into the school routine during the first quarter and I want to thank all parents/guardians that contributed to making our parent teacher conferences a success at our schools once again. At USD223, we truly are lucky to have hard working students who strive for academic success and families who take a vested interest in their child’s education. This, with a dedicated faculty and staff commitment will always lead to continuous academic improvement.
We are always happy when Thanksgiving approaches because this festive occasion gives us the opportunity to appreciate and express our gratitude to all those with whom we have worked together and have had a fruitful association.
On behalf of USD223, we would like to wish all our patrons a Happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day is a time to reflect and be thankful for all the gifts that has been given to us. This Thanksgiving, as you gather together with your family and friends for your Thanksgiving meal, as you laugh and play, please remember to reflect on the many blessings you have and remember those that are less fortunate, the sick and dying, and those that are serving in the armed forces away from their family.
I have had many conversations with several Kansas educators, and some things remain common and unchanged. Most are fully content to be underpaid and underappreciated. Most are content with the reality that resources will more often than not be limited or on their own dime. Most have grown accustomed to the fact that many parents will not be involved in their child’s education and will never make a parent-teacher conference.
The common denominator for all these educators is the undying commitment to the kids — your kids. Whether it is the sparkle in their eye when they speak of their subject and what it means to pass that knowledge along or the tear down their cheek when they speak of that one child they still worry about, it's the undiluted passion for the calling to teach and influence the next generation that comes through loud and clear. In this common denominator, this calling, these women and men are the front line for the future of our city, state and country.
So, this thanksgiving, maybe for a brief moment, let’s find a way to say thank you to our teachers. Remember the teacher from your past that you still tell stories about. Remember the teacher who instilled a love of literature, history or the arts. Remember the teacher who made math and science come alive for you. Remember the teacher who was hard on you because you deserved it and are better for it. Remember the coach who reminded you that life was not about school sports but about preparing for life after sports.
So, during this Thanksgiving month, let’s remember to give thanks and support to those people who’ve devoted themselves to one of the noblest professions that exists – teaching. Have a great Thanksgiving!
Brian Cordel, USD223 Superintendent