June 2024 - Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan

June 2024 - Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan
Posted on 06/17/2024
June 2024 - Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan

Summer break is here!

The joyous sounds of hundreds of our students tossing their caps in celebration filled the air as the Class of 2024 graduated this May. These graduates are now embarking on diverse paths: entering the workforce, joining the military, pursuing technical education, or attending traditional colleges. They leave us with cherished memories of friendships, family moments, and achievements in sports, the arts, STEM, and various clubs. With their hard-earned technical certifications and mastery of social, cultural, civic, and political skills, they are well-prepared to become confident, productive, and happy members of society. Congratulations, graduates!

Now that we have closed out another school year, we reflect on its challenges and accomplishments. High expectations have been met, and valuable lessons have been learned. As we move forward, we remain committed to our strategic plan, EnVision 2030, which focuses on preparing all students for life after graduation, enhancing a safe learning and workplace culture, recruiting and retaining highly effective staff, strengthening student, family, and community partnerships, and improving internal operating systems. This plan ensures each student achieves their highest personal potential, and we are dedicated to meeting these goals.

The work of our strategic plan continues throughout the summer. For our teachers and administrators, the first week of summer break was dedicated to professional development, with teachers and administrators enhancing their skills and preparing for the upcoming year. For some students, it brings more structured pursuits: catching up on credits, taking enrichment courses, attending STEAM camps, and participating in internships to build personal and professional skills. Many of our staff members are at work supporting these summer sessions; from bus drivers continuing to deliver our students to and from school, to maintenance workers keeping our schools clean and ready for the new school year. Our leadership team will use this precious time to plan and ensure that budgets, policies, and staffing are aligned for a successful start to the 2024-25 school year.

Whether our students and staff are out for only part of or all of summer break, it is important to make time to detach from the classroom routine and enjoy the different rhythms of the season. This time of year offers a chance for relaxation and vacation, which is incredibly important to refresh and recharge for the coming school year.

To all district employees, thank you for your unwavering dedication to providing high-quality educational experiences and safe learning environments for every Lee County student. Enjoy your summer, and we look forward to seeing you all again in August!

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