Superintendent’s Report to the Halifax Regional School Board @Elwin_LeRoux @HRSB_Official Providing a high quality education for every student every day March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination March 30 Good Friday (no classes) April 2 Easter Monday (no classes) April 16-26 High School Mid-Term Reports April 19 AM: PD Day, PM: Parent/Teacher Interviews (no classes P-12) Dear Governing Board Members: “There’s nothing more daring than showing up, putting ourselves out there and letting ourselves be seen.” – Brené Brown That’s exactly what each of you has done since you took the Oath of Office and became a Governing Member of the Halifax Regional School Board. For some of you, service to students and families began more than a decade ago. For others, your journey had just begun. It doesn’t matter how long you have been a champion of public education; what counts is that you showed up, you put yourselves out there – and you made a difference in the lives of children and families. For this, and so much more, I offer my sincere gratitude. You made our system strive for better. A number of significant changes are coming our way. I recognize that change is not always easy, nor met with enthusiasm. The restructuring process will take time, and, as with any change, there will be uncertainty as we shift from what we know to what will be. The constant, however, remains our collective commitment to students and their achievement. This is our reason for being. I urge you to continue lending your voice in your respective school communities. You are passionate, caring and dedicated individuals with a wealth of knowledge and experience to contribute. Please know that you have the opportunity to continue having a significant impact – just in a different way. My role is also shifting from Superintendent to Regional Executive Director of Education for the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. Over the years, I have thoroughly enjoyed presenting you with the stories from our classrooms that align with our strategic goals in my report each month. My intent was to demonstrate, in a culturally proficient way, how we as a system were working toward achieving the goals as defined, and governed, by you. These stories are evidence of progress and excellence under your leadership. I like to consider them data with a soul. “Maybe stories are just data with a soul.” – Brené Brown I will continue to showcase excellence in teaching and learning as we move forward in a new system. Although the format is yet to be determined, I believe that storytelling is an authentic way to hold ourselves accountable to the public. I have also heard from parents and guardians that videos from our classroom are tools that help families understand instruction. Not only that, these stories are also used to help teachers across the system learn from one another. I hope you will continue to follow our story as we carry on. After all, you have had a hand in writing it! 33 Spectacle Lake Drive Dartmouth, NS., B3B 1X7 902.464.2000 March 2018