Dear Families,

As we begin a new school year, I have asked myself, “What does our city, school district, state, and nation need most of all during this time?"  I truly believe it is empathy!   This is the ability to put oneself in someone else’s shoes, to seek to understand through their perspective.  

I believe empathy is a trait that seems to go missing sometimes, and a trait that holds the key to future success in our young generation of students.     

This year, we have a district-wide theme of empathy-building that is inspired by the times we live in.  As a staff, we will seek to demonstrate and inspire empathy in our interactions with our colleagues and students. 

At the all-staff welcome back breakfast, I challenged everyone (myself included) to work within their “sphere of influence” and demonstrate empathy to each other as colleagues, thus modeling this important attribute for students. 

There is a precursor to empathy. It is simple “kindness.” One must first be kind to exhibit empathetic character. To encapsulate this focus, we as a staff are striving to “Be Kinder Than Necessary.” You may see these green buttons worn by staff:
I would like to invite all parents and families to join the school district staff to “Be Kinder Than Necessary.” By demonstrating this trait, we will model the critical character trait of empathy for our young students. 

This is how we can touch the future as individuals and educators. This is how we can change the world, starting within our own sphere of influence.   

Yours in education,

Paul Johnson 
5th Grade Musicians Needed!
I f you have a child in 5th grade, please take advantage of the great music programs especially designed for 5th grade musicians!  

  • Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Band

The groups meet once a week after school and provide your child with the opportunity to meet musicians from all our schools.

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Construction has begun for the bicycle and pedestrian improvements at Tam Junction!

Construction is expected to last through October and is primarily at night to avoid traffic impacts.

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