Superintendent's Message - September 2017
Greetings everyone and a hearty welcome back to our staff and students for the 2017-18 school year!
I sincerely hope everyone had a great summer which included quality time with family and friends. I would like to extend a special welcome to our new staff in Clearview. They’ve joined a school division that is committed to providing an excellent educational experience for every child. Our motto, “We All Belong - We All Succeed” speaks to two important values in our Division. The word “belong” reminds us of the inclusive nature of our work. We accept students of all abilities and shapes and sizes. The word “succeed” highlights that our key function is to ensure students succeed. Clearview exists to provide the students in our communities with opportunities to grow, to learn and to succeed. We’re in the business of increasing life chances for all, no matter what individual circumstances may be.
Often, the first employee a student meets at the start of the school day is the bus driver. The warm reception our students receives from him or her lays the groundwork for a successful day. I’ve witnessed first hand the care which our bus drivers, secretaries, educational assistants, custodians, teachers, family school liaison workers, librarians, and administrators greet and care for the children of our communities. We know how important building positive relationships are. At the end of the first day, parents universally ask their children the same question. “Do you like your teacher?” As a parent, what I wanted most was for the world to like my children - to accept them for who they are.
I am looking forward to this year with a lot of enthusiasm. Clearview staff will be using some exciting new literacy resources. There is a lot to be excited about, and I look forward to sharing our great stories with you as the year unfolds. Be sure to check out our hashtag #CSD71 on Twitter to keep up with exciting developments in our schools.
Please ensure you are using the latest Learning Calendar. The Board made a minor change to a date in April. Click here to access this current version.
All the best for a great school year!
Peter Barron, Superintendent