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The pride I feel in all of our students and staff this year cannot be contained!  I’ve witnessed first-hand their flexibility, perseverance and resilience as we returned to full in-person learning for the first time in over seventeen months. In a year filled with challenges, our staff and students have risen to the occasion and embraced in-person learning with in a myriad of ways.  We’re proud that we’ve been able to provide a strong instructional program focused on grade level standards as well as address the social-emotional needs of students with our smaller class sizes and support of instructional assistants. 

I’m proud to announce that the Savanna School District, along with all four schools, recently received California Pivotal Practice Awards. The California Pivotal Practice Schools Award was created to honor schools while the California Distinguished Schools Program is on hiatus.  The award celebrates schools and districts that implemented an innovative practice during the 2020–21 school year, when California required schools to offer distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our schools wrote about how they provided access to technology to ensure every student could attend school virtually, regardless of their home situation.  We know the future will continue to depend on technology and providing this resource for each and every student has changed the way we view education. The district application focused on how we provided food for families throughout the pandemic. Knowing that feeding our students was essential in order to keep them healthy and able to learn, we quickly pivoted to providing Grab & Go meals for each student.  We are so proud of the tireless efforts of our students and staff for their ingenuity, commitment, and innovation in the face of adversity.

I’m so proud of the effort on the part of our staff to ensure in-person events for students, parents, and our community this spring. It has been heartwarming to see and feel the excitement as parents, students, and staff welcomed back in-person Open Houses for the first time since 2019!  Parents have been eager to share in the students’ joy of learning. From sixth graders who proudly posed next to their life-sized mannequins of themselves to fourth graders who enthusiastically displayed their missions, from fifth graders who shared what they had learned about the Founding Fathers to second graders who excitedly shared their owl pellet projects, from third graders who eagerly shared their memory books filled with writing and projects from the year to kindergartners who passionately shared recordings of their reading, it was obvious how much students have learned this year!  Our sixth graders will participate in our time-honored Junior Olympics competition between schools this spring for the first time in three years and will savor the experience of in-person promotions.  Parents have been welcomed back to campus to witness awards assemblies, field days, class presentations, and more. This demonstration of community support for our schools, our students and continued learning has been gratifying, highlighting what amazing things can happen when we work together.

I’m proud that we will once again offer Summer Academy for our students currently enrolled in transitional kindergarten through grade five. Our 2022 Summer Academy Program will focus on assisting with potential setbacks in student learning and academic achievement over the summer.  The program will provide scholars with foundational skills in language arts and math at the grade level they were assigned to during the 2021-22 school year. In addition, we are proud to partner with community organizations to extend the Summer Academy day with childcare programs.  We know that the summer programs will provide much-needed support for our students and parents as we prepare for the 2022-23 school year.

When I reflect on what makes a good school district a GREAT school district, I recognize that it is “people;” people like our staff who are committed to what they do each day to ensure student success that we can be proud of; people like our parents who provide the home support for our students so that they can reach their potential; and people like all those in our community who have contributed to our successes in so many ways. Because of the flexibility, perseverance, and resilience of our students, staff, and parents, the 2021-22 school year has indeed been a successful one in which we take tremendous pride!

We invite you to follow the excitement of learning on our FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/SavannaSchoolDistrict/ where you will be able to see the many ways students and staff are engaged in educational activities and celebrating accomplishments on a daily basis!

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