December 5, 2017
Dear GUSD Families and Friends,
Season’ greetings to each and every one of you. As we approach this holiday season I have been reflecting on what is really important in our lives and as superintendent in our school district. What comes to light when I reflect is that I individually, and we as a community have much to be thankful for when thinking about our school district. With that in mind, I just wanted to take a minute to say “Thank You” to all who work so hard to do their best to help our school district reach its vision of “Capturing Hearts, Empowering Minds”. The number of people that are required to run a school district successfully is very large. Each and every one of those people is key to making the school district provide a quality education for its students. I just wanted to thank a few categories of people who make a difference for our students.
1. Parents – Parents, thank you for getting your students to the bus or the school on time. Thank you for working with your student to make sure their homework is done or that they practice their reading. Thank you for supporting the efforts of teachers and staff to help your child learn discipline so that they can function in a society ruled by laws. All of the things that you do as a parent to help your child learn help our schools help them learn.
2. Teachers – You work very hard every day in a job that is harder than most realize. Unless a person has been in a classroom in charge of thirty or more students, they really don’t understand the challenges you face. You care for students every day, sometimes when no one else in their life seems to. You try your best to meet high academic standards, form relationships, and help each student become the best they can be. Most of the time you are not offered any thanks. Thank you for “hanging in there” and doing your best for the kids of Globe!
3. Support Staff – The role of support staff that: get kids to school driving bus; that feed students breakfast and lunch; that make sure children are supervised on playgrounds; that clean the schools, that fix broken equipment and facilities; and that do all the other tasks necessary to run an organization that see more than two thousand different individuals on its campuses every day is also of the utmost importance. Support, thank you for investing in the lives of our students.
4. Leadership – GUSD has outstanding leaders. Its principals, supervisors, coordinators, directors, and Board of Education are all deeply committed to see our students grow. These folks work long and difficult hours just as our other employees do. I would like to thank them for their diligence in pursuing our vision so that we can help our students. Without a solid and consistent leadership team it is extremely difficult to make improvements and then sustain them. Thank you to our school leaders for helping us grow toward the quality that we are striving for.
As we all approach the holidays, I hope you can join with me in being aware of our blessings here in Globe. We truly have much to be grateful for. I hope that we can use our gratitude as a motivator to work together to accomplish our vision of “Capturing Hearts, Empowering Minds”.
Jerry Jennex, Superintendent