The question of the morning was, “What is your why?”
Superintendent Steve Chiaro challenged the school staff gathered for the 2022 Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, to ask themselves why they “are here,” as in, why they work where they work and why they do what they do.
“For me, I am here for the students,” he said. “I believe we are all here for the students.”
Dante Capers, Associate Superintendent of Student Services, Student Wellness & Success, cited the progress the district has made while aggressively moving in the direction to meet the needs of the whole child.
He said the district has been embedded in the work of social emotional learning for a decade, but not because the state says to do so.
“But because we have long recognized a need to cultivate the skills that will help adults and students deepen their relationships with each other and the school community,” he said.
Mr. Capers reminded the staff that believing in their own abilities to have a positive impact on their students and colleagues “every single day” is crucial.
“All the resources in the world will not change the fact that what we bring to the table each and every day will be the ultimate difference maker in the experiences of our school community and our students,” he said.