August is once again upon us, and the challenges we faced as a district when we left our buildings on March 13th, are still facing us as we look to start this new school year. There are many uncertainties as we navigate these new waters of hybrid and distance learning. With all of these uncertainties, one thing remains clear: Carmichaels Area School District will continue the work that is needed to provide our children with an exceptional educational experience that will allow them to grow into caring adults with the ability to contribute to our community in a meaningful way. The district as a whole has been working tirelessly to ensure that students can receive an education that is meaningful, regardless if students are face to face, or attend in a full virtual environment. It is also meant to be seamless so that students have the flexibility move back and forth between learning environments as needed. This is no easy task, but all parties should be commended for their hard work. We all need to realize that we are all new students, teachers, and administrators as we tread in this new form of education.
Our students, teachers and families all did a tremendous job to make education work in the emergency distance learning that we were all thrust into last spring. All stakeholders worked to ensure that education continued on March 16th, and that meals got to students and families in need. These times showed the true nature of the Carmichaels’ community, coming together for the sake of our children in a time of need. We will need this working spirit to make this year even more successful. While all parties came together to make the end of last year a success, we all need to be better for this coming year. I have no doubt that we will make this work, together.
For our newest students, welcome to the Carmichaels’ family! I hope that you find our community and schools warm and inviting. Although this year will be challenging, I hope that this will be a wonderful start to your educational journey. Please know that we will work to ensure that your children receive the very best education that can be offered within a caring and trusting atmosphere.
For our current students, be relentless in pushing the limits of your educational journey. Your education is so important to build that base that will influence the rest of your life. Even in these uncertain times, our vision for you has not changed. We want to foster your passions, and build on your experiences to help you see success as you leave our buildings to venture into the world.
To our seniors, take nothing for granted. If last year has shown us anything, it is that everything can and will change. Our seniors, last year, never thought that the last time they would get a normal day of education would be on March 13th, 2020. No person could have made that prediction. This year will fly by, so take time to enjoy the moments. Please know that we are here to support you in whatever you may choose to do.
Challenges will rise and fall, and we will do our best to meet them, and push through them. I look forward to the work that needs to be done to continually push our wonderful district to new levels. We must focus as a community to pull together to offer our children a safe environment in which to learn and thrive. The Carmichaels community has always risen to any challenge with its work ethic and unparalleled pride. As we move forward, this will continue to come into play as we work to make our communities and schools a better place. I am proud to work with so many others to continue the effort that is needed for our children. Nothing is more important!
I truly hope that you enjoy the rest of your summer. Enjoy your time with family and friends. We look forward to seeing you soon.
“Once a Mike… Always a Mike”