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John Pandolfo

December 18, 2022

Dear TSD Families,

As we approach the half-way point in our school year, I want to thank you all for the support you provide to our schools.  At this time of year there is much celebration; we have had some wonderful winter concerts and performances, winter athletics is in full swing with great coverage from the Daily Planet, and our seniors are hearing about college acceptances.  It is also a challenging time with significant absences due to a myriad of illnesses, the cold and darkness that comes with December in the mountains, the pressure associated with exams for our high school students, and the stress that comes with the holiday season.  Please know that we are here and committed to supporting the students and families of this community through both the hard and the easy.  Our staff are here because they care deeply about children.  Your support and appreciation mean a lot to us.

Our School Board meetings this week have very full agendas:

Please remember that we also host Coffee Talks on the third Friday of the month so you can come and discuss any issue you would like with our BOE members and myself.  Our next Coffee Talk will be Friday, January 20 at 8:15am at La Cocina de Luz.  Even with below zero temperatures this past Friday morning it was cozy in their outdoor space.

We continue to focus on School Safety as part of Ends Policy related to a Safe and Healthy Community.  Through the I Love Your Guys Foundation, we follow the Standard Response Protocol (SRP-K12-2021-Poster_EN.pdf) which includes our lockdown procedures and other processes for situations with require a safety-related response other than lockdown.  We are also adopting the Standard Reunification Method (SRM-V2-Parent-Handout_EN.pdf), and are working with our emergency responders to plan for reunification drills and real events.  While I sincerely hope we never need to have a reunification or another lockdown, and while I hate that time and focus is taken away from teaching and learning for this planning, I hope it is apparent why this is so important.  We take the safety of our students and staff very seriously.

As I observe classrooms and meet with teachers to discuss their mid-year review and progress on their goals, I am constantly reminded of the great work our teachers do with students every day, and the importance of education in our world.  It makes me feel grateful for the opportunity to serve as your Superintendent.

I will close by reminding you of the goal areas we have identified this year through our Ends policies:

  • Quality Academics
    • Vertical and horizontal alignment of curriculum
    • HR practices that result in retaining and recruiting excellent staff
  • Addressing Individual Needs
    • A Multi-Tiered System of Supports
    • A robust Dual Immersion program
  • Safe and Healthy Community
    • Consistent student and staff culture across buildings which supports achieving ends
    • Fair and equitable behavioral expectations and responses

We are continually working in all of these areas, and I will be presenting Monitoring Reports to the BOE on these goals in the months of March, April, and May.


John Pandolfo
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