We are excited to be embarking on our second semester of learning this year. Despite the challenges, the first semester was filled with lots of creativity, perseverance, and learning. My hope is that the start of the semester offers everyone a reset to Focus Forward on what is truly important in regards to educating our students.
This semester, students and staff will be learning and teaching in three different models. Our mission remains the same for everyone, no matter how the instruction is occurring. Our Vision of a Lakewood Graduate is the North Star that guides all that we do. Despite being unable to have all our students together in the classroom, our Vision ties us all together in a common goal. Ironically, the pandemic has brought into focus and enhanced many of the six competencies that make up our Vision of a Lakewood Graduate. Qualities such as empathy, creativity and communication have been critical to surviving the mental strain of what we all have been enduring these past 10 months.
In a few months, the Class of 2021 will be receiving their diplomas. We as a District make the promise that when our seniors do receive them, they will also be armed with our Vision’s six competencies of communication, collaboration, creativity, empathy, a growth mindset and global citizenship. The charge to help develop these qualities in our students begins with our preschool teachers and continues through until those students graduate 14 years later. We are committed to ensuring that the Class of 2021 will be college and career ready.
We know we will face many challenges as we Focus Forward toward our Vision of a Lakewood Graduate. During this pandemic our focus has been to provide the best instruction possible in as safe a manner as possible. This remains our focus.
We will continue to monitor the situation as it relates to COVID closely by working with local and regional healthcare professionals and agencies.
I wish everyone a safe and productive second semester!
Dr. Michael Barnes, Superintendent
Lakewood City Schools