Superintendent's Office

September, 2021

EJPS is . . . "A Great Place to Learn"

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back to another great school year!  As the 20-21 school year becomes a distant memory and the 21-22 school year is soon to be upon us, I have had time to reflect on barriers that were overcome and the amazing adjustments that all of us made. It really made me look at the blessing it has been to have the opportunity to serve the great students, parents and community of East Jordan as your Superintendent. 

As I look back on last year, we have learned so much about the resiliency of our community through a pandemic along with putting in changes that were needed to continue a successful educational process.  These experiences have been instrumental in developing a plan to make the next school year even better.  No other profession has the 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 them 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!

We know that this new year will not be easy and the COVID-19 concerns will still be with us. We also know that we will strive to provide our students with those experiences that mean so much, although we also know that we will be faced with many of the barriers that we saw last year.  I am confident that our team of administrator, teachers, assistants, bus drivers, food service workers and custodians are up for the challenge and will build on the lessons that we have learned over the past sixteen months to provide that same great education and the experiences that make EJPS a Great Place to Learn! Combine the growth that we have seen as a result of being faced with great adversity along with the addition of new staff across the district….we have added a whole new energy to start the 2021-2022 school year. 

It takes a community to create an educations system as special as ours.  Our mission begins when students enter the elementary school and continues through the Middle/High school until students are prepared for college and their careers.  Thanks you for your continued support to our schools and ultimately to the students we serve. 

Have a great rest of your summer and I look forward to getting our Red Devils back in the swing of things at the end of this month.  In the meantime, be looking for communications coming from your children’s building principals over the coming weeks as they start rolling out information that will guide us an amazing year. 

With Red Devil PRIDE!

Matt Stevenson

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