To the Fairfield Union Students, Families, Staff and Community:
Where do I even begin in reviewing the 2019 – 2020 school year? As you look back on the past year, our district and community could easily describe the year as tragic. We lost loved ones that were pillars of our school district, illness struck multiple members of our Falcon Family, and the school year turned upside down with the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Obviously, it is easy to see how this year could be viewed as one of the worst years ever.
However, I would argue that in the midst of the pain our community suffered, last year may have been our finest hour! I shared with my staff and students throughout the school closure that we were in the middle of a Master’s level class in the course of life. Life will always be full of challenges, and life is not fair. How you respond to being knocked down in life will ultimately measure your success. I am proud to report to our community our staff and students passed this course in life with flying colors.
Proud is certainly a word that comes to mind as I reflect on the past school year, but I honestly do not know that it is strong enough of word to describe how I feel about my staff and students. It is often said that adversity does not build character rather it reveals character. The character displayed by staff and students under the most trying of circumstances was incredible to witness, and I know this reflects the belief system in our community.
Now, as we begin to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we know it is time to face a new challenge. We are starting a new school year under trying circumstances once again, but I have great faith we are ready for the unknown of tomorrow. As a district, we will look back and learn from the leadership displayed by the Class of 2020, and we will look ahead to new leaders in the Class of 2021 showing us the way forward. We will lean on each other for support and encouragement. We will find a way to realize success in the coming year.
I will close with a quote that I hope sets the mentality for our district in the coming year:
Fate whispers to the warrior, “You cannot withstand the storm.”
The warrior whispers back, “I am the storm.”
We are more than ready for what tomorrow will bring. Take care, be well and know that it is truly a great day to be a Falcon!