I am grateful to the USD 113 staff for their work this past semester. They have gone above and beyond the call of duty with their efforts to keep our kids in school. Extra efforts were made daily to provide a clean learning environment. Students were supplied nutritious meals and contributions were made by all to ensure a safe and secure place to learn.
Students have hopes and expectations that they bring to school each day. I am humbled by the efforts of our teaching staff to provide hope for the future of our kids. By their efforts to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary for future success, USD 113 educators this past semester provided hope to students and families each day.
In 2007, much of Kansas experienced an ice storm that resulted in power outages that lasted multiple days. Although that ice storm was a crisis, we learned to appreciate many of the luxuries that we previously took for granted. When the power came back on we could better appreciate hot running water, traveling to the grocery store and being able to have school. Living through this pandemic has resulted in us learning many lessons for the present. We know as we celebrate the holidays to not take for granted our loved ones and our opportunities to be together.
Our future is yet to be written. Having hope means that we believe we can influence our tomorrows, and more importantly, our children’s tomorrows. Building for the future is a result of learning from our past, putting the work in today in order to influence our tomorrows.
Thank you USD 113 family for a productive first semester! I wish all the best as we celebrate the hope of the Christmas season. Let’s work together to make 2021 a year of success and kindness.