Superintendent’s Message: December 2012

Dear JPPSS Employees and Community Members:

As we continue to celebrate the holiday season and head towards 2013, I would like to once again express how thankful I am to you for your support of the Jefferson Parish Public School System.

The recent tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut serves to remind us how precious our children are, and how fragile life can be. I’d like to thank all of the parents and families who entrust their children with us every single day, along with our teachers, principals, and staff who serve our children with joy and dedication.

We are blessed to be a part of this remarkable community. In fact, I want to quickly share a few stories that demonstrate the true meaning of the holiday season. Our Student Support Unit in the central office, for example, decided that instead of giving each other holiday gifts this year, they would “adopt” two local families who were in need. Members of the Child Search and Homeless/Transition teams helped identify families and the items they needed for both adults and children, and the gifts were presented to the families on December 17.

At Terrytown Elementary, faculty members decided that in addition to their traditional holiday festivities, they would help a school in New Jersey that was affected by Hurricane Sandy. The students at Terrytown have raised money to support Wallace Elementary in Hoboken and plan to send cards to students as well.

My gratitude goes out to these staff members and students, and to all of you, for modeling what it means to serve our community during this holiday season.

I also want to acknowledge our former students, family members, and spouses who are currently serving in the military. We are so grateful for your sacrifice and service to our country, and JPPSS is committed to supporting all of our military families in any way we can.

There is so much to look forward to in the New Year, but we need this community’s continued support in order to achieve the goals we have set out for our students and our schools. We are excited about the efforts ahead to improve teaching and learning in all of our classrooms, for all of our students.

As I mentioned at a board meeting earlier this year, one of my key priorities for this school year is to improve communications with our parents, families, and the community. I invite you to share suggestions and feedback directly with me or with my communications team, and we will continue to make this a priority for 2013.

It’s my wish that every single one of us takes some time out during the upcoming winter break to spend quality time with our families and other loved ones. I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year.

Dr. James Meza, Jr.

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