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End of Year Update on District Goals

While the last day of school, promotions and graduations are now behind us, I write to you today on what is actually the final day of the 2020-2021 academic year.  When the calendar flips to July 1, we will officially move to the 2021-2022 school year.  On that eve of that transition, I would like to share with you the end of year presentation I made last night to the Board of Education.  You can view the presentation here beginning at the 51:40 mark.

As I said to them last night, our district is at an inflection point.  We stand here with the pandemic hopefully mostly behind us.   And I purposely use the words we and us because I do believe this has been a collaborative, community effort.  At the outset of this journey, we confidently proclaimed that this will be our finest hour.  We have said repeatedly that our vision is not canceled.   Now, we were not perfect, but we should be very proud of how our district and community has risen to the occasion. Now that we have made it to the end of this challenging year, it is time to step back, reflect, take pride in our collective accomplishments, and continue to look forward.

My goal for the presentation was to build upon Dr. Murphy’s message to the community on June 17, 2021 in which he wrote,  “We were surrounded by unfavorable choices as the path of 2020-21 was paved with rocks through hard places. But I am sure that history will reflect well on the decisions made in Ramsey School District -- not only during the pandemic but before it. The past 15 months showed us how important it is to have foundational elements of the Ramsey vision embedded in our school district. Several years ago, we had no idea how soon and how strongly that vision would be tested. The pandemic tested it in 2020 and 2021, and it is clear that past vision put Ramsey on a solid future path.”

To build upon Dr. Murphy’s message I set out to provide a guided look at our four district goals in three different ways.  The first way reflected on decisions made by the district before the pandemic.   The second way focused on the accomplishments achieved and adaptations made by our learning community during the 2020-2021.  And the third and final way looked at each goal through the prism of moving forward as we create the future of our district after the pandemic.

As you will see, I started with what we usually denote as our fourth goal: Enhancing the Student Experience and worked backwards to our goal of Developing a Ramsey Graduate.  I concluded with this powerful video created by Warren Trent (RHS Class of 2021) highlighting our exciting Grade 12 Profile Projects and Defenses of Learning which provides all students the opportunity to reflect on their growth through the lens of the Profile of a Ramsey Graduate competencies. This new tradition serves as a fitting culmination of the K-12 experience. We believe it is one of the many things that sets the Ramsey School District apart from others.  

In conclusion, I ended with a timely quote laid on top of a picture of our most recent Ramsey High School graduates from the other night.  

It has been a long 16 months and it looks like we may be coming out of the storm.  One thing is for sure, we are not the same school district who walked in.  We are smarter, stronger, and kinder.

I wish you all a safe and restful summer. And Go Rams!

Dr. Andrew Matteo
Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

cc: Staff