January 2022 message from the Superintendent

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Wiseburn families and friends,

Welcome back! I hope each of you had a safe and happy Winter Break and enjoyed time with loved ones.

Though we’re entering another year in the midst of a nationwide COVID-19 winter surge, I do find hope in the new year ahead of us. At Wiseburn, 2022 will be a year of growth for all, of continuous improvement, and of high levels of student achievement all supported by a kind, caring, and welcoming environment.

How do we aim to achieve this? Firstly, we will continue to focus on teaching and learning and highlighting our signature practices and programs, such as our Writer’s Workshop. This year will also bring courageous and important conversations around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion so that we can learn about and embrace everyone’s experiences. And, we will continue to focus on supporting mental health and social emotional learning to round out the educational experience of the whole child.

As 2022 gets underway, we will also be approaching the end of the first semester on January 28. In the spirit of the new year, it’s a good time to check in with your children about what they hope to do in the year ahead, including any academic goals for the approaching second semester. Now is the time to talk through challenges and strengths, and to call upon our elementary and middle school counselors for social-emotional support as needed.

Looking ahead, I am hopeful that the pandemic will stabilize. We’re in the midst of a troubling surge that requires vigilance and risk reduction where possible. Our goal is to safely keep our schools open, and we know the spread of Omicron is extremely high, even among the vaccinated. Please be cautious, get vaccinated or boosted if you have not already, wear a high-quality mask, make use of our free Tuesday and Thursday COVID-19 testing for staff and TK-8 students (138th St., Anza, Cabrillo, Dana, SLC), and remember to keep students home if they report any symptoms of COVID-19.

It will take a concerted effort to lower the risk of contracting and spreading the virus during this vulnerable time of year. However, we continue to maintain and implement new guidelines from our public health experts in order to keep our campuses as safe as possible, in order to continue engaging, empowering, and elevating our students on their educational journeys.

We sincerely thank our students, families, and staff for their partnership in these efforts, and look forward to a new and safe year ahead.

Sincerely,

Blake Silvers, Ed.D.
WUSD Superintendent