By Christopher J. Steinhauser
Superintendent of Schools
It’s time to celebrate what has been an amazing school year for our students. By the end of next week, 6,000 students will have graduated from our high schools. These seniors are among the most industrious and best prepared we’ve ever seen. Together, they’ve amassed a record $96 million in scholarships and grants, earning admission to the nation’s leading colleges and universities. Many of these students are the first in the family to attend college. Many have earned full-ride scholarships that will lift them out of poverty. Many have overcome tough obstacles with the help of family, our dedicated employees, and a school board that puts students first.
Other records have been set this year. Rankings of America’s best high schools by U.S. News and World Report include six schools here, an all-time high for our school district. We have a record 1,287 business partners in our schools, providing resources, expertise and encouragement each day. Students in our schools signed up for a record 10,000 Advanced Placement college-level exams this year, an increase of more than 41 percent over the last two years.
The list of records goes on. Such successes are made possible by another type of record – the record of service. Many of our employees are retiring after decades of service – people like Holmes Elementary School kindergarten teacher Linda Valenzuela. When congratulated on her 45 years of service, she offered this response:
“I enjoyed every minute of it!”
I hope she enjoys every minute of her retirement, too.
Similarly, to all of our employees, students and their families who are wrapping up the traditional school year, I hope you will take some well-deserved time to celebrate and recharge.
Congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2015 and to all who have supported them.