We hope everyone had a wonderful summer break with friends and family and are excited as we begin our adventure together this year. Our teachers, classified staff and administrators have worked hard to prepare our classrooms to welcome students, and already, after two weeks, I have seen the innovative results of that hard work.
Last Monday, teachers, students and staff had an opportunity to start off the school year with excitement as we all observed the partial solar eclipse with the nation. Teachers recognized the incredible learning experience that this rare astronomical event presented and planned a multitude of eclipse-related activities in every grade level and subject. We saw creative art projects and installations, scientific predictions and experiments about the path of the eclipse, and interactive sessions with scientists. All of the learning and preparation culminated in everyone stepping outside on Monday morning, in clear weather and eclipse glasses in hand, and observing with awe the amazing phenomenon of the eclipse. Staff and students are still talking about this amazing day.
With the amazing preparations by all of our teachers and staff at Union School District and the momentum of our shared learning experience with the eclipse, this year is sure to bring our students on new and exciting journeys. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the staff of Union School District, I wish parents, students and staff a successful start to the 2017-2018 school year.