March 3, 2017
Dear Kyrene Community,
After a busy eight months in Kyrene, we can all look forward to enjoying
a well-deserved Spring Break. As I have
been out and about, enjoying the wonderful music and fine arts performances by
our students, visiting schools and seeing all of the hard work being done by
teachers preparing for parent/teacher conferences, I continue to be heartened
by the involvement in our schools.
Showing our students that we support them, not just in the classroom,
but in their exploration of their talents, is critical to their success. That level of engagement is one of the many
things that makes Kyrene special.
Moving into the last few months of the school year, we will be looking
at ways we can ensure that all students are provided with the opportunities and
support they need to learn and grow.
With the release of the preliminary findings and recommendations of the
audit, we are rolling up our sleeves to begin the work of processing that
information and creating a vision for Kyrene that will propel our students into
their future. We must be very thoughtful
and intentional in how we engage students in their learning and define
expectations for their success.
Recently, we took the first step in this journey, partnering with Dell
EMC/Worldwide Education, who offered Kyrene their services at no cost to the
District, to facilitate “Visioning Day”.
This daylong event included students, parents, teachers, school and
district leaders along with business and community members, who provided
valuable input on how we can successfully prepare our students for success in
high school and to be career and college ready.
The students who participated in this process stepped up to the plate
and clearly articulated the most critical skills needed for success in college
and careers and began to define what learning environments needed to look like
to create the pathways towards those attributes. In Kyrene, we are committed to defining the
concrete steps within a comprehensive strategic plan to define the future for
our district, one that is responsive to what the students shared with us as
important to their learning.
This will require us to be thoughtful about how we engage students in
their learning and define expectations for their success. Together, we can make Kyrene a great place
Enjoy your well-deserved Spring Break!
Dr. Jan Vesely