With the Winter Break upon us and 2016 drawing to a close, I wanted to take a moment to encourage all friends and stakeholders of Atlanta Public Schools to reflect upon the difference we make in the lives of Atlanta’s children.
A great joy of being a part of APS is the opportunity to work with our students and observe and interact with them as they learn and grow and become better big people than we could ever be. They give us hope for the future and have amazing talents and gifts of their own as shown by the winners of my annual Winter Card Contest.
But I also have much joy in working work with some of the hardest-working educators, administrators and professional support staff in public education. Our district benefits from a community of educators and staff blessed with many gifts along with the hearts to share them with our students and their families and with each other.
Now is a time for sharing, but it is also a time of reflection and relaxation. So please take time for yourselves over the next two weeks to really enjoy the time off. Then come back in 2017 with a renewed spirit and energy!
In the meantime, I wish you all the best of the season and a safe and Happy New Year with friends and family!
Reflections of 2016
We in Atlanta Public Schools had an amazing 2016 fall semester as shown by the images below. We will miss all of our wonderful teachers, staff and students over the Winter Break. I’ll be back and tweeting and blogging again in the New Year on Wednesday, January 4, 2017!