July 31, 2017
Dear Friends and Families of GUSD,
Today started the new 2017-2018 school year. This year is a milestone year for me as I start my 41st year in the field of education. As I enter the new school year I can truly say that I am just as optimistic as I have ever been about being privileged to work with the students here in Globe. Even though I have been in the education business for a long time, I believe that we here at GUSD have a chance to make more difference in the lives of our students than ever before. There are many reasons for that belief, but just let me list three of them for you to consider.
1. GUSD has a plan and is working its plan. About four years ago the GUSD governing board adopted Beyond Textbooks and “Capturing Kids’ Hearts” as its two major initiatives and we remain committed to growing and becoming better at both of those processes. They both play a key role in helping our district move up the school ratings in our state and more importantly, reach our vision of “Capturing Hearts, Empowering Minds”.
2. GUSD has great people working here. GUSD is growing in its ability to recruit and retain high quality teaching and support staff. This area is growing as some of our outstanding teacher/leaders have worked to implement a new mentoring program for our new teaching staff members this year. The support staff continues to provide services to our students also so that our students can begin to reach their potential.
3. GUSD has strong leadership. Beginning with the governing board, GUSD is fortunate to have a leadership team that is experienced and committed to the district vision. All of our district and building leaders have been in the district for several years. Our leaders are also focused on working together for the good of the students and this focus is making a difference in our students.
The list of things to be optimistic could go on and on, but I just wanted to give you all some of the reasons why I am so bright on the future of GUSD. There truly are countless things that indicate that we are pointed in the right direction. I am excited for 2017-2018 that we will all “keep on keeping on” as we strive to meet our vision of “Capturing Hearts, Empowering Minds”.
Jerry Jennex, Superintendent