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The Direct Connection

December 11, 2017

Good Monday morning, Teachers, Staff and Administrators,

Well, the weather is certainly in keeping with the season, as are the holiday parades that the municipalities have hosted.  These parades have featured our schools, bands, students and our teachers, and the overwhelming positive response from the crowds shows us their support of our schools.  The winter holiday performances taking place at our schools also showcase the talents of our students and the time, effort and high level of instruction that our performing arts teachers have invested in these productions.

There is a lot of energy this time of year, and it manifests itself in different ways with our students and with our colleagues.  The anticipation of the holidays is a source of anxiousness for many of our students.  In contrast, it can be a stressful season and tinged with feelings of depression for some.  We need to recognize this and work around the activities and distractions of the season.  It is best to maintain an academic focus and continue with established procedures, so as to bring a sense of consistency to the classroom and school environment.      

Thank you, and enjoy your work this week because it matters.  And to our colleagues who will be celebrating Hanukah, beginning Tuesday night, may this celebration bring great joy to you and yours.

Kindest Regards,

Tom Russell

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things.
~Kurt Vonnegut

 James T. Russell

Superintendent of Schools

VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

386/734-7190, extension 20210

Fax:  386/734-2842

E-mail:  jrussell@volusia.k12.fl.us

Twitter:  @jrussell_t

 

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