We are well into the summer time and many plans for the upcoming school year have already started. Before we jump into 2016-17, it is important to review what happened this past year. Overall, our district has made progress toward personalizing learning for all students. Learning does not stop when the school bell sounds. It is something that happens any place and any time. Our goal is to help children develop into life-long learners and stretch themselves so that they can improve. Using technology as a tool to facilitate learning is important, but so is helping students develop the soft skills of persistence, communication, critical thinking and creativity. By working to extend what is being taught in the classroom to life outside the classroom in meaningful ways, students will become more engaged and come away with a deeper understanding of the academic skills so important for college and careers. Our district is embarking on enhancing these opportunities for students, helping students develop a love for learning, and making sure the KPBSD diploma is a legitimate marker for success in life. I am proud of what we accomplished this year and the value we have provided all of our students and communities. We will continue to improve and look forward to another excellent year of meeting the needs of all of our students.
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