The Katonah-Lewisboro Learning Commitment
In the KLSD, we will strive to create learning experiences for all students that are engaging, relevant, and take place in an active learning environment.
Pre-recorded performance is available for viewing on Jan. 21, 22, 23 only.
Dear John Jay Community,
In a period where the need to be resilient and creative is present on an almost daily basis, it’s important to acknowledge what we’ve accomplished as we head into Thanksgiving and the holiday season.
I’ve never run a marathon, but I think I’m starting to understand why people run them and endure all they endure; because they can endure it and will themselves to persevere and finish. Every step forward is progress and draws upon deep reserves of resilience and pride. There are a hundred good reasons to stop, yet they continue through the inevitable and temporary bouts of pain.
I recall saying at the start of the school year to the staff that I hoped one day, we would all look back on this time proudly, as we will have done some of the best work of our careers. And we are.
Let’s not allow the bouts of pain mask all that the students, staff, and community have accomplished and will accomplish over the critical next few months. I know we’ve all have had light moments of good will and laughter with our students and each other, and I’m sure we will again.
We’ve arguably been able to offer some of the best education anywhere. Our students remain grateful that school is open and their days have a sense of rhythm and purpose. Yes, it’s been stressful; full of long hours, new situations, learning, and at times, setbacks. Yes, some students are struggling with no easy answers about how to reach them, and no one says school has gone back to normal. Yet, our collective sense of purpose, coupled with our ability to learn and endure, models for our students what answering a challenge is all about. May our collective example stay with them long after they’ve graduated, have forgotten grades, teen-aged angst, and some of the more mindless experiences of high school. They may even one day be grateful for these current circumstances.
I’m grateful to work with people and serve a community capable of meeting the moment by drawing upon deep reserves of resilience and pride. I’m grateful for and to all of you.
May all our students and their families, whether you’re together or planning to be distanced for safety and future holidays together, have a very happy Thanksgiving and start of the holiday season.