The final days of the 2022-2023 school year have arrived. It has been a very busy year throughout all of our schools and I am immensely proud of each of our students and staff members for their hard work and accomplishments.
One of the things I love the most about this time of year is the ability to congratulate yet another senior class as they walk across the stage and celebrate their graduation from high school. Our students throughout the district work hard in their academic studies, while also competing in athletics and participating in a number of rewarding activities. Their efforts have led to impressive state and national awards, as well as millions of dollars in scholarships to assist them in their postsecondary education. Ultimately, their success is our community’s success, and I take great pride in watching their excitement as they prepare to take these next important steps in their lives, whether it be furthering their education, entering the workforce, or any other calling that they choose to pursue.
For those students who will be returning to school in the fall, the upcoming summer months will provide a terrific opportunity for each of them to relax, attend summer school, work summer jobs, or take part in other activities. Meanwhile, here in the district, the workload will now shift to some key projects that are underway.
At High Plains School, crews are working hard to wrap up the expansion project that will create classroom space, an additional gymnasium, athletic fields and a performance area. Meanwhile, renovation work will be underway nearly non-stop at the Conrad Ball Middle School campus, as construction personnel work to renovate the site into the new Peakview Academy at Conrad Ball. Students and families at High Plains and Peakview will be welcomed by some exciting new additions and features when they come back to school this fall. Our bond team will also be busy during the summer months completing some of our final projects that were made possible by the passage of the 2018 bond measure.
Not long after the final school bells ring in a few days, many students and families will also be participating in our 2023 summer school program. The classes and activities that are offered provide an excellent opportunity for students to expand their horizons and learn something new in a unique and exciting manner. Our staff members dedicate an incredible number of hours to the design and management of these opportunities – It truly is a flagship program for us.
As I reflect on the school year that is wrapping up, I want to extend a special “thank you” to each of our 2,700 staff members who work so diligently each day to educate and assist our community’s students. Their caring support begins early in the morning as students board school buses and arrive at the schools, and often extends late into the evening through athletic events and other activities. Each staff member fulfills a critical role in the educational process and I hope you will join me in acknowledging them for all that they do.
On behalf of our entire TSD community, thank you so much for another terrific school year. I hope you have a wonderful upcoming summer season. We look forward to seeing you again in the fall!
Dr. Marc Schaffer
Thompson School District