January 4, 2021
Dear Kentfield School District Community,
Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed some rest and relaxation over these last two weeks and are looking forward to a brighter 2021. This past year challenged us in ways we couldn’t have imagined, but through perseverance we made it. As we begin this new year, I am looking forward to a year full of hope, joy and new opportunities!
In February of 2020 the Kentfield School District (KSD) adopted a new strategic plan that defined KSD as a school district which:
- offers a rich, high-quality education that is physically and emotionally safe;
- values social emotional learning and character development alongside academics;
- inspires students to pursue their passion through student-centered, inquiry based and innovative instructional practices; and
- is welcoming, inclusive, well-maintained and conducive to optimal student learning
In a school year with so much uncertainty – let’s use this description of who we are to help inspire our path forward. This week’s principal letters (Bacich and Kent) offer further insight as to how staff are using student performance data to analyze and adjust instruction in order to enhance student learning and keep our focus on creating a robust and high-quality program we are committed to offering.
Last week Governor Newsom provided additional direction for school operations through his unveiling of California’s Safe Schools for All Plan, and today Marin Public Health leaders shared current transmission data in our community as a whole and in our school system. Through using these resources and focusing on the science behind this continuous evolving health pandemic, I am confident that we can continue to mold our educational program to support the academic and social emotional progression of our students.
For this second half of the school year let’s come together to think boldly, focus on our common goal of what’s best for students and overcome the various obstacles set before us. Let’s move into 2021 as a unified community focused on creating a better tomorrow for our students.