June 5, 2020
Hello to the Seymour Public School Community,
WOW! What a year! From one of my first communications back in March, I stated that we would get through this together, and we certainly did. I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU for all that you do for Seymour Schools. Your support throughout the year has been tremendous and all of our students have grown through both the support of their teachers, as well as from the support that you provided them while at home during distance learning.
As you know, our seniors will become alumni on July 10, 2020 and will be off to start on the next chapter of their journey (college, military, or workforce). As the father of a graduating senior, I am sure that many of you feel just as anxious as I do. I just remind myself, that we have prepared our children to take those crucial next steps. We know that they are equipped with a wonderful education as well as a tremendous amount of parental support. Our eighth graders are anxiously awaiting their time at SHS as the incoming class of 2024, and our fifth graders are excited and nervous about entering SMS as they begin their middle school years. We hope that you have seen the signs that we have placed in front of each our buildings recognizing all of these students as they take on the next step in their educational journey. Therefore, as we close out this year, my Central Office team and I would like to thank all of our wonderful students, parents, and staff for making this a great year.
As Duncan Muguku states: “Challenges make you stronger and strengthen your ability to face and conquer more adversity in the future; you become more confident from overcoming many difficulties”. This year, we all were faced with the challenge of switching to a digital learning platform with three months of school left and we all overcame this challenge. While it was definitely not easy and things progressed as we moved along, we eventually overcame it and we are all inherently stronger because of it.
In the world today, there are many things that we cannot seem to rationalize or understand. However, it is through education that we learn and are better able to analyze and assess these situations. As educators, we are here for your children to talk about any concerns or feelings that they may have. Even though our buildings may be physically closed, please know that we are here for all of our students and are committed to providing our students a platform where they can express their differences without judgement.
As the educational leaders of Seymour Schools, my team and I have been and will continue to be focused on unity within all of our schools and within the entire community. Seymour Public Schools values all of our students and is very proud of our diversity. There is no place for hate, racism, and prejudice in our schools and these have never been and will never be tolerated. Please remind your children that in addition to you, they can turn to their teachers and counselors to speak about anything that is on their mind.
A highlight for me every year is to get to address the fifth, eighth, and twelfth grade classes at each of the respective ceremonies. This year that will take place virtually in many cases, but please realize that the sentiments are just as heartfelt and strong. You as parents should be very proud of your children’s accomplishments. As parents, you are and will always be their biggest advocate and fan. Your children, our students, are where they are because of your support and guidance along the way. Please take a moment to congratulate yourselves on a job well done.
Another highlight this June was our Board of Education meeting, where we got to recognize and highlight the accomplishments of our students and staff. A big THANK YOU needs to go out to our custodians, cafeteria workers, and clerical staff for all that have done and continue to do for our students and families. Another big THANK YOU needs to go out to paraprofessionals, teachers, and administrators for educating and preparing our students to handle the new challenges with which they will be faced. Our student’s educational foundation will lead them to being successful. As I have stated at all of our Board of Education meetings this year, my Central Office team and I are truly appreciative of all of the hard work done by all of our staff. We get to see firsthand the love of learning that takes place in each building throughout the district. A special recognition goes out to Mrs. Allison Cunningham as our Seymour Teacher of the Year and to Ms. Karrie Paz as our Paraprofessional of the Year. Congratulations to these two phenomenal educators. We are very fortunate to have them on our team.
Please note that Mrs. Cindy Brooks and her wonderful cafeteria team will continue to provide lunch on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through June 25 at Seymour Middle School.
Whatever the platform may yield for next school year, please understand that we will continue to work as a TEAM in order to continue to increase achievement across the district. This year has been stressful on a lot of us that is why I am encouraging all of you to take the time needed this summer to get some much needed rest and relaxation. I encourage you to have some quality family time and to do the things that you and your children like to do. We all know that reading keeps our minds sharp, that is why I recommend encouraging all of you to read as a family. You are your children’s best role models, so when they see you reading a good book, they will want to do the same.
Please remember to visit the district’s website at: http://www.seymourschools.org as well as our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SeymourPublicSchools in order to keep up to date on all activities and events. We look forward to seeing all of you at the start of the next school year.
With great pride,
Michael Wilson, Superintendent