A Message from the Superintendent

  • A Message from the Superintendent    

     

    June 18, 2021

     

    Today marks the conclusion of our last full week of school. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some thoughts on this past year, where we are, and where we’re going.

     

    It has become a common refrain that this was a difficult school year. We were faced with unprecedented challenges from the very beginning, and we navigated constant twists and turns. After the abrupt conversion to remote learning in March 2020, our district faced incredible uncertainty. Due to the development of our Re-Opening Plan, as well as the time and attention of our faculty, staff, and parents, we at least entered the year with procedures and protocols that would facilitate student success without hindering the safety of our school community. 

     

    However, despite our best efforts, we still had to navigate rapidly changing circumstances. Through a transportation-related closure, anticipation of widespread testing, and daily rule changes from Albany, we adapted and made it through together. We were even able to bring students back in-person, first to 4 days/week, then ultimately to 5 days/week.

     

    This was a team effort. Every single member of this community played a role. While the circumstances were far from perfect, I believe that each and every one of you dedicated yourselves to ensuring the academic, physical, social, and emotional success of our students. For that, I am grateful.

     

    I do want to share a few specific shout-outs that deserve recognition:

    •     Our teachers, who had to learn how to teach in person and remotely at the same time

    •     Our custodial staff, who spent countless hours cleaning and sanitizing above and beyond their normal responsibilities

    •     Our transportation staff, who had to adapt to different guidelines and learn new routes

    •     Our food service staff, who worked tirelessly all year to feed both in-person and remote students

    •     Our support staff who kept the buildings open, lights on, and everything running smoothly

    •     Our counseling staff, who supported our students emotionally all year

    •     Our parents, who despite the difficult times still provided the love and support that our students need to succeed

    •     Our students, for demonstrating incredible patience and resilience

     

    There are so many other individuals and groups that deserve our praise. The Board of Education, the PTA, the administrative leadership team, extracurricular organizations and advisors, etc. This school year is the embodiment of the phrase “it takes a village.”

     

    From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of you for your dedication and personal sacrifice this year. It has not been easy. It has been stressful, frustrating, and exhausting. I promise that your efforts are noticed and appreciated and, in the end, have served our students and community well.

     

    Looking to the future, we still face significant uncertainty. We plan to reopen fully in-person in the fall, but we have not received any guidance from Albany as to what this will look like. I plan to communicate any guidance we receive as soon as we can so that we can all prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have any concerns about the return to in-person learning, please reach out to us immediately so that we can plan for your child’s successful return to school next fall.

     

    Our intentions for next year are pretty simple: we want to make up for any learning loss that occurred this past year; we want to fully invest in the success of our students, teachers, and staff; and we want to continue our important diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. All of this will require a village, but I’m confident in our team and in our community.

     

    I look forward to seeing you at many of the year-end events that take place over the next week, but if I don’t, I hope you have a restful and relaxing summer break. You’ve earned it.

     

    Sincerely,

      

     

     Lynda Quick Portrait

     

    Lynda Quick, Esq.

    Superintendent of School

    585.889.6246

    Lynda_Quick@wheatland.k12.ny.us