Superintendent of Schools
Friday June 18, 2021
As I write this final, weekly update for the 2020-21 school year I am struck by the commitment our community has for our children. To begin with, we have weathered close to 40 weeks of school during a pandemic! All throughout this year we have faced many challenges and have consistently met them. From figuring out the protocols to reopen, to dealing with our first COVID cases in October, navigating a Malware attack in February, and passing a school budget in May with more than 70% approval, our school community has come together in more ways than one to support our kids. I cannot thank you enough for your patience and flexibility as you worked to not only be amazing parents, but also incredible part time teachers at home!
The 2020-21 school year would not have been successful without the dedication and commitment of our faculty and staff. They played a huge part in not only maintaining the safety of our children, but also delivering a high quality education. As I always say, it’s a team effort filled with professionals who have a growth mindset approach to their jobs. From our teacher aides and food service employees to our bus drivers, maintenance workers, mechanics, clerical staff, nurses, teachers and administrators, we are VCS strong! I cannot thank these 700 outstanding people enough for taking care of our more than 4,000 students and helping to keep our District afloat this past year!
This commitment and dedication was readily apparent at last Sunday’s graduation when 340 proud seniors received their well earned diplomas at Frontier Field. It was incredibly gratifying to be able to acknowledge each senior after all they have been through. It was an amazing ceremony filled with profound pride and gratitude. I know our seniors are well prepared for whatever exciting adventure awaits them. A special thank you to Principal Brian Siesto and the VSH staff who not only organized this incredible event, but also made sure it ran like clockwork! Best of all, the rain held off and the fireworks were spectacular!
Another form of commitment between our schools and the community is the value we place on the many ways that parents volunteer their time to support Victor students. Please consider serving as a parent representative on a shared decision-making council or committee next year. Please click on the link to the following website for more information. https://www.victorschools.org/district/shared-decision-making
As a member of a Shared Decision-Making Council, you make a difference! The District truly benefits from your feedback and help with decision-making and respects the different points of view that parents and guardians bring to these meetings.
As I close, I want to call attention to “Juneteenth”, which will be celebrated on Saturday, June 19th. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day, celebrates the emancipation of those who were enslaved in the United States. It originated in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 when Union Army General Gordon Granger proclaimed freedom from slavery in Texas. It is meant as a day of remembrance and a day of opportunity for African Americans to celebrate their culture. Our principals have communicated the importance of this day to all of our students. I hope you share the significance of this day with your children, too.
Thank you again for an unforgettable school year! As always, please reach out if you have any questions. Enjoy the last days of school and have a wonderful summer. We will be in contact with any updates regarding our number one priority of returning to full time, in-person instruction for every student in 2021- 22.
Superintendent Tim Terranova, Ed.D.