The school year is always filled with anticipation and excitement. For students and parents, it is a time that comes with a sigh of relief and temporary relaxation after the anxiety that often accompanies a new year. For teachers and staff members, it is also a long awaited time that often is followed by restlessness and enthusiasm as we begin the year. The beginning of the year is so busy and over-scheduled for educators and administrators that the first month frequently passes in a blur.
The faculty and staff of Grainger County Schools have spent another incredibly busy summer completing tasks necessary to assure that the school year will be a success. I am impressed every June and July to see educators sacrificing their vacation days to attend trainings, prepare lessons, organize classrooms, and undertake many other activities to make certain that the students of Grainger County will experience the most productive school year possible.
I trust that students and families across the county have also spent time this summer preparing for the school year. I am certain that your planning and preparation will not go unnoticed by educators in the upcoming months. We cannot be successful without your help. Throughout the school year, educators will be seeking your support in countless ways, and we hope that you are willing to work alongside us as we strive to further strengthen the academic foundation for your student so that he/she will be able to experience great success in the future.
On behalf of Grainger County Schools, I would like to thank the community in advance for the support you will show to our students, staff, and educational system as a whole. Mary Jean LeTendre said, “America’s future walks through the doors of our schools each day.” I find the first few weeks of school some of the most exciting weeks of the year, as we get a glimpse of what the 2014-2015 school year holds.
I look forward to the opportunity that this school year will offer for staff members to TEACH, for students to LEARN, and for all to SUCCEED.
Have fun and enjoy,
Director of Schools