Superintendent’s Update - End of Year Message
Dear Monomoy Families,
It’s hard to believe we are now at the end of this school year – there were times it felt like this year would never end, and I imagine many of you felt the same. In my commencement remarks to our graduating seniors, I said that the adage “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade” really summed up this school year. The year started with many unknowns and we responded with protocols aimed at prioritizing in-person learning while keeping everyone safe. This wasn’t the academic year any of us wanted or dreamed of, but with lots of hard work and a true team effort, we succeeded in making the best out of a bad situation and offered robust programs for our students for a full year. We took the lemons we had been dealt and made lemonade.
When I say this year was a team effort, that means not only our students, caregivers, teachers, staff, and administrators, but especially our nursing team, custodians, food services, and even our greater community – it truly took a village to educate and care for our children this year.
Our students and teachers stepped up this year like I have never before seen. The flexibility and enthusiasm of our students, combined with the innovation and creativity of our teachers, meant that we could offer a full year of in-person school for all who wanted it. I also want to make special note of our distance learning students and teachers, who used new tools and methods to keep learning and growing all year.
We look forward to a new school year after a restful summer. With the bulk of our teachers and staff now vaccinated, along with a high percentage of our students over age 12, we can be hopeful for a safe and relatively normal return in the fall. The last few weeks have seen no new cases in our schools, and that’s thanks to the vaccinations within our school community and in our wider community. We will be retiring the COVID dashboard on our website for the summer, and hope to have very little need for it in the fall.
While many of the changes this year were necessary for health and safety, we have also learned new ways of doing things that may be more accessible, convenient, or productive. As we wrap up this year, we’d love your feedback on this – click here to take a brief survey.
We can look back with pride at what Monomoy has accomplished. Our students and staff have cheerfully adapted to new procedures and, in doing so, were able to get in a full year of learning. We have all gained a new perspective, and worked together with grace and heart. As I said in my graduation address to the Class of 2021, once you’ve mastered school during a pandemic, you can do anything!
Take care, stay safe, and have a great summer! Enjoy the lemonade.
Dr. Scott Carpenter, Superintendent
Monomoy Regional School District