This second week of school has proven to be one of continued promise in LOSD. I have had opportunities to engage with our school leaders and our community, as we further our work toward the LOSD Strategic Plan priorities.
On the school front, I have enjoyed meeting with our school leaders, who are a passionate group and demonstrate a clear vision of their collective responsibility, which is a shared belief and accountability that ensures high levels of learning and inclusion for each and every child. In LOSD we have many strengths and many students who are thriving in our school district. Over the summer, I have spent time listening to parents whose students are being well served in LOSD, and also with parents of students whose needs have not been met. Our district is working hard on two fronts: to continue providing robust learning and activities for students and to evolve our practices to better meet the needs of students who have had limited success academically or socially in LOSD. As we celebrate what’s working well, and look toward what we can do better, our aim is to build on our successes to meet the needs of every student so that 100% of our students can be supported.
On the community front, I appreciated the opportunity for the LOSD School Board to join the Lake Oswego City Council on Tuesday evening, September 3. This meeting, which also included staff from LOSD and Parks and Recreation, furthered discussions about a potential partnership in the development of a pool and other facilities to serve our students and community. A shared priority within the discussion of the development of a pool, is an understanding that we want to maintain and enhance Lake Oswego youth athletic fields and opportunities. The meeting culminated with a commitment by both entities to create a timeline of commitments moving forward, in terms of what the partnership may entail and what each entity will be able to contribute to the efforts. Overall, it was a very positive meeting and I am grateful to our School Board and the City Council for their time, energy and shared interest in better serving our community.
The priorities of our strategic plan provide us with a template to continue building on our successes. These priorities are:
Diversity Equity and Inclusion
College and Career Success
Facilities and Infrastructure
Communications and Community Engagement
As with all organizations, we have many opportunities to improve. In the spirit of “good to great,” we are looking closely at our practices to build on the incredible legacy of LOSD. As we refine our work, we have students at the center of our sights. I am optimistic that we are moving in the right direction to provide optimal learning experiences and environments so that our students can be the very best version of themselves, for life.