Parents, Students, and Staff:
In the upcoming months, teachers, paraprofessionals, and support staff will work diligently to prepare all Grainger County students for their future success - whether that is in the next grade/course, college, career, or the community at large. As I have said before, I am honored to be working in a community surrounded by individuals - parents, students, teachers, administrators, school board members, and others - who realize the value of a solid investment in our children. Our decisions today will impact our community tomorrow, and I look forward to working together to make the best decisions possible. Together, we will work to allow educators to TEACH with rigor and relevance so that students will LEARN the skills and knowledge needed to SUCCEED in becoming community, college, and career ready.
As we settle into the reality of another East Tennessee winter, I ask that parents, students, and community members remember that decisions regarding school closings are never made lightly. After consulting numerous sources, I make the best decision I can with what information I can gather. When in doubt, I will always err on the side of caution - choosing to protect the safety of staff and students over the minor inconvenience of adjusting the academic calendar. Just as we have in years past, the school system has purchased the School Reach Call Home Program which will notify you of changes to the school schedule. I ask that you remember that this call home program is merely a piece of technology, and as we know, technology is not always dependable. When there seems to be potential for school delay or closing, please do not rely solely on a phone call as your only means of information. Local TV and radio stations are also notified of changes to our routine, and they keep this information up-to-date and accurate. Pay close attention to local stations to get school closing information.
While you are trying to keep warm in the cold temperatures, think about the words of American author and columnist Hal Borland. Borland reminds us, “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” As we anxiously await the arrival of spring, think warm thoughts and hope that we are fortunate enough to have winter weather move into the area on Friday afternoons and clear out by Monday mornings.
Director of Schools