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Gratitude and Best Wishes as We Close the 2021-22 School Year

Summary: Gratitude and best wishes to you all for a safe and enjoyable summer.

End of 2021-22 School Year Message from Superintendent Jones

Dear Seattle Public Schools Community,

As we celebrate our seniors at graduation ceremonies across the city this week, I send thanks and best wishes to the entire Seattle Public Schools (SPS) community.

This has been a year like no other. Despite the unexpected challenges, our students, families, and staff continued to show up. My heart is warmed by the countless ways we supported one another. 

Watch the End-of-the-Year wrap up video on Vimeo

I am reminded every day why the work we do is so important – our students. They inspire us to be innovative and to focus on a future of excellence.

The SPS commitment to equity has only grown in importance and urgency. Our strategic plan, Seattle Excellence, centers racial and educational equity, rebuilding SPS as an anti-racist system better serving students of color furthest from educational justice.

In support of our mission, the district is adopting a student outcomes focused governance model. You will be hearing more about this governance model in the coming months.

On Monday, June 20, SPS will observe Juneteenth as an official district holiday. Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when those who were still enslaved in Galveston, Texas, learned they were free. Our district celebrates the historical legacy of African American freedom and the extraordinary power of hope in times of uncertainty.

Across our district this year, educators, support staff, and administrators have done heroic work. They have shown creativity, dedication, and resilience. Our families have stepped up as partners in supporting and serving students. The achievements of this year would not have been possible without all of you. The end of the school year is not only a time to celebrate accomplishments, but also a time to acknowledge the contributions of those moving on to new adventures.

On behalf of the entire SPS community, I would like to thank  those who are retiring for all you have given in support of schools.  What an honor to celebrate the more than 3,730 collective years of service from these amazing educators, school leaders, and staff. View the 2022 tribute to SPS retirees.

To our graduating seniors – I am proud of you, excited and hopeful for all that lies ahead for you. Congratulations to our Class of 2022! 

I extend my gratitude and best wishes to you all for a safe and enjoyable summer.

Be well,

Dr. Brent Jones
Seattle Public Schools

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