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The Direct Connection

October 9, 2017

Good Monday morning, Teachers, Staff and Administrators:

Here we are nearing the conclusion of the first quarter of the school year, and everyone is busy in and out of the classroom—especially with homecoming events.  Despite Irma’s interruption, whenever I visit schools around our district, I see instruction moving forward and students being academically stretched.  What stands out to me is the confidence level that many of our students are demonstrating, and that will serve them well in the long run.


As a school district, we are preparing for the enrollment of students from Puerto Rico.  We all must have empathy as they join us, because they have been through a horrific natural disaster.  Most of these students and their families have been traumatized by Hurricane Maria and are now placed in unfamiliar surroundings that can be confusing.  I know all of us will step forward to serve the newest members of our VCS family with kindness and compassion.


The State of Florida has declared the month of October as Florida Principals Month.  I certainly second that motion, because principals’ commitment to their work on behalf of our schools is all-consuming.  We all appreciate the time and the effort they put into our schools and recognize the personal sacrifices that their job demands.  If your school or classroom does something special for your principal, be sure to tweet it and use the hashtag #ThankAPrincipal.


Since our return from Hurricane Irma, I have been fortunate to have visited many schools around the district, and I appreciate the level of teamwork that I have seen on our campuses.  Let’s make it a productive week and, as always, do our best for our students.


Kindest Regards,


Tom Russell


Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

~Arthur Ashe


 James T. Russell

Superintendent of Schools


386/734-7190, extension 20210

Fax:  386/734-2842


Twitter:  @jrussell_t



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