Superintendent's Message, Oct. 2, 2017

  • Dr. Cohn
    Dear friends and neighbors:

    In the aftermath of what are now becoming all-too-frequent incidents, you may have heard repeated the advice of Mr. Rogers, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”

    Those were the words I shared with district staff on Monday, October 2, in the aftermath of the horrific events that exploded upon unsuspecting tourists and concert-goers in Las Vegas. I called upon school staff to be among the helpers; we know and understand our communities expect schools to be safe havens for those who need us when times are stable and when the center seems to spin.

    Although our district is far from Las Vegas, we know individuals in our schools’ communities will respond differently to the news of what happened there. Some will show no emotion; some will wear their emotions for all to see, and others will hold emotions tight inside, perhaps to be visible much later. The young people in our schools need staff and community strength and all of our help no matter how they feel or how or when they display grief and fear.

    On the morning of October 2, our district team of counselors and administrators mobilized to share information and supports to help staff and families stay strong and provide a shoulder for those who need us. Those resources are online for all who might need them.

    Thank you today – and every day – for the support you give our schools and our communities’ children. 

    Dr. Gary Cohn