Superintendent's message September 2019

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! Our educators have been working hard to get our new school year off to a great start. As I reflect on the opportunity this year brings, I have a strong sense of optimism and renewed energy. I would like to share a few thoughts on why what we do matters, our focus for the year, and the value of our partnership with our parents and community.

At a fundamental level, our purpose is very clear. We are here to serve our community by providing a high quality education that prepares our students to be Future Ready. We know that each day brings a unique opportunity for our educators to connect deeply with students as they develop strong relationships, convey a sense of belief in their unique talents and skills, and inspire them to follow their passions and dreams. For some of our students, life has already brought tremendous challenges. A high quality education, however, has the potential to even the playing field and put students on a trajectory filled with hope and possibilities. Ultimately, we are building a better community because our children are the future, and they will shape our community for years to come.

Tahoma School District has a great reputation in our community and across the region because of our commitment to find ways to improve student learning and to touch the hearts and minds of our students. This year, our educators are sharpening the vision for what Empowered Learning looks like in our classrooms. This work will set the stage for us to implement strategies for higher levels of engagement and deeper learning that will inspire excellence.

Tahoma’s vision and success would not be possible without the support and guidance of our School Board directors, who have been going beyond the call of duty this summer to put in extra hours working on Tahoma’s financial outlook. They care deeply about our district, and I would like to thank them for their time and dedication. The Board has been reviewing our new vision and plan for technology, reflecting on our programs for students, our operational methods, and studying financial forecasts. They are carefully analyzing possible next steps, including a potential Technology Levy and replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy, needed to ensure that we have the revenue streams to continue to offer high quality learning for students while expanding to new levels of excellence.

I would also like to take a moment to thank you for being our partner in support of our students. The only way that we can provide the very best education possible for our students is for our families, our community, and our schools to work together in the true spirit of collaboration. We are committed to always putting students first and engaging parents and community to establish open communication and to build a strong partnership. Together, we can continue our Tahoma tradition of excellence by giving our students the experiences they need to grow and the skills to empower them to follow their passions and dreams!

Sincerely,

Tony Giurado

Superintendent
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