With the Holidays just around the corner, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your contributions towards LPSD and wish you all the best during the upcoming season!
Looking back, 2016 has been a great year for LPSD! Whether you focus on success in academics, athletics or the arts, our students and staff have continued to excel at the local, provincial and national levels.
During our opening ceremony before the start of the school year, I spoke about our continued focus on academic achievements, engagement and wellness as part of Board-established priorities. Only four months in to the school year, I am amazed at the engagement and progress that we have made on these key priorities.
Academically, our literacy rates continue to rise in Division One and many of the key literacy practices are now finding their way into the Division Two and the Middle Years levels. Our graduation rates continue to track well above the provincial average and Avery Outreach School had 31 students graduate last June, the largest cohort in their history.
As for engagement, the relationships we are continuing to develop across the division is leading to better decisions and more shared ownership of what happens within LPSD. A great example of this is the work of the LPAC (Lloydminster Public Advisory Committee) and the invaluable role they have played in ensuring the Board, Administration and our staff are working together.
As a division, we have also made advancements in regards to wellness. The work of schools on ensuring their environments are aligned with the nine key components of Resiliency that were shared with us by Dr. Ungar has been inspiring, as evidenced by the recent series of Resiliency videos that were shared on social media. Keeping the mental and physical wellbeing of our students continues to be a No. 1 priority and as a result, our students are succeeding both inside and outside of the classroom. But none of this – achievement, engagement or wellness – would be possible without the hard work, dedication and commitment of you, our teaching and support staff.
It would be hard to showcase a single example from one school without adding nine more from each of the other schools. But all of your contributions towards the success of our students are appreciated!
While 2016 was a year of success – I look forward to 2017 being a year of even greater accomplishment. As we move forward, we will need to challenge each other to ensure we focus on the 90%. No season makes this more relevant than the beginning of a new year!
As you take a much-needed break during this Christmas season, I hope you take time to enjoy your family and friends. Ensure that you relax, rest and take the opportunity to reflect on the great successes made possible because of you!
On behalf of myself, my family and our team at Division Office, I wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!
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Have a wonderful Christmas too, Todd, with all of those beautiful girls at home!