Last spring, when we moved to distance learning the first time, we had no idea that this would be our new normal. But we came together, as the Wiseburn community, and finished off an incredibly unusual year.

Now, we're kicking off a new school year. We're welcoming back our brilliant students — and welcoming some new faces to Wiseburn — to a school year truly unlike any other.

With the lessons learned from last year, our teachers and students are ready to get back into our virtual classrooms and learn, and to navigate this new year all together. Despite the difficulties of the past few months and the continued uncertainty ahead, we at the district start this new school year with a rejuvenated purpose: Engage. Empower. Elevate.

Those three words summarize the commitment of this District to our students and community. We aim to engage our students in learning, elevate our student's achievement and experiences in our district, and empower our students to inquire, to think critically, to "fail forward fast," and to learn from mistakes.

The way we fulfill these commitments is virtual for the time being, but it doesn't change our dedication. Our teachers, staff, counselors, and administration have worked non-stop to consider our mission and listen to our community as we've planned for this year.

What that means for our returning families and caregivers is the excellence in education and the community you have come to expect from Wiseburn. For our incoming families and caregivers, this means you can anticipate a supportive, welcoming community where your students will be encouraged to grow and learn and given the tools they need to succeed, thanks to our incredible teachers and staff — all of whom are outstanding and have risen to the challenge of teaching amid a global pandemic.

Families and caregivers, I want to say thank you. We couldn't do this without you and the support you provide your students with each and every day. Remember that you can always lean on the Wiseburn teachers, staff, counselors, and administration. We fully recognize the weight of these times on you and we are here to support you and your students. In addition to the in-classroom support, our families and caregivers can turn to our CARE Team, as noted in the message below. The Wiseburn team also continues to develop helpful resources to help navigate our distance learning curriculum, such as this Distance Learning Technology Guide. If you have other questions, remember you can always reach out to your school site using the contact information on our directory page or through your student's school website.

Wiseburn, if I have learned one thing over the past year, it's that we will continue to be resilient in the face of the unknown. I know we are ready to make the most of this year and whatever it may bring. With that being said, welcome to the 2020-21 school year. Have a great first day and beyond, Wiseburn!

Wishing our families a safe and healthy year ahead,

Blake Silvers, Ed.D.