Dear SAS Parents,

I want to start by taking a moment to thank all of our educators for the positive energy and thoughtfulness they have put into these first two weeks of school.  The impact on classrooms and kids has been palpable. Thank you!

I also would like to share my roadmap for my first months here at SAS, and I welcome your feedback. The primary goal of my entry plan is to listen deeply to as many members of our community as possible and build strong bridges and relationships with the many stakeholders in our community. In doing so, I will strive to lead from the heart and bring a sense of enthusiasm, positive emotional energy, and joy to our shared work.

We have planned a listening tour to give me the chance to meet with and listen to students, faculty and staff, and parents at every grade level, as well as our alumni.  During these listening sessions, I look forward to hearing from all of you on some key questions, including: 

  • What are our strengths at SAS?
  • Where can we grow?
  • Are we achieving our vision and living our mission?
  • What advice do you have for me as the new superintendent?

After taking this time to listen and learn, I will share my findings and learnings with the whole community in January. At that time, I intend to share what that means going forward as a school in terms of our key priorities and areas of strategic focus.

I of course recognize that any school, and particularly one as dynamic as SAS, will not be sitting still during this time. We have a very strong team at SAS with whom I will work closely to continue to drive progress for our students.  

One key aspect of this is driving towards a decision by the end of the calendar year on our next steps on upgrading our campus.  I appreciate all the thoughtful work that has already gone into this project. I will share more about our engagement plan around this long-term facilities discussion in my letter next week.

To keep you informed along the way we have created a web page where we will share photos, videos, quotes, and data as we progress through the listening tour. You can also visit the page to see the calendar of the different sessions for each grade level. If you have children in more than one grade level, please feel free to attend whichever session is most convenient. I encourage you to find a session and come have your voice heard. To see a more detailed outline of the session click here.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Best,

Tom Boasberg
Superintendent