EJPS is . . . "A Great Place to Learn"
Welcome back to another great school year! As the 16-17 school year becomes a distant memory and the 17-18 school year is soon to be upon us, I have had time to reflect on the amazing year it has been having the opportunity to serve the great students, parents and community of East Jordan as your Superintendent.
As I look back at the great school year we had last year and develop a plan to make the next school year even better, I think about that ability that we in education have to “start fresh”. We take time over the summer to look at what went well and what things we would like to change. Teachers have time to refine their craft and look at new ways to engage and inspire. Students get time to relax and recharge over the summer as they prepare to challenge themselves during another school year. And our custodial and maintenance crews . . . well . . they get to recharge as well. They get to recharge the school by cleaning carpets, painting walls, scrubbing floors, fixing equipment, changing light bulbs, varnishing gym floors. Yes, they work hard to make sure everything is ready for opening day. I am so glad that I get to be part of this rejuvenation process.
As I look ahead to what the year has in store, I think of firsts. First days of school for our youngest Red Devils and all the excitement that goes with this for both kids and parents. I think of our new seventh graders that will be taking their first steps in the MS/HS and the exciting new opportunities that they will get to experience as they move on up. I also think of our seniors and their first day of their senior year. This is a bitter sweet thought as it is also their last “first day”. I think about the time and energy these students have put into their school career and the experiences that they and their families have had along the way. For all our students “Firsts” and “Lasts” . . . take time to enjoy the ride. Make this year the best ever!
As you work your way through this month’s newsletter, you can read up on all the exciting things going on in the district and meet new faces you will see in our halls. With the passage of our Bond request in May and the addition of Mr. Dave Florenski as the High School principal and five other new staff spread out between the Elementary and Middle/High School, we have added a whole new energy to our district. It takes a community to create an education system as special as ours. Our mission begins when students enter the Elementary school and continues through the Middle/High school until they are prepared for college and their careers.
Thank you for your continued support to our schools and ultimately to the students we serve.
With Red Devil PRIDE!
Matt Stevenson, Superintendent