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Blog: Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Thanks For a Wonderful Year!

By Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools

I suspect that June is one of the busiest months of the year in the school district. The weather gets nicer outdoors, some of our schools get hotter inside, and it gets a little more challenging to keep the focus of our students. Expectant students (at least those not going to summer school) look forward to a summer break with friends and family, and the district is a beehive of year end activity. Amid this year end restlessness, teachers commence the balancing act of keeping students engaged, celebrating a year of learning with award ceremonies, and of course, completing report cards. At secondary schools, convocation and prom are balanced with assessment week and demonstrations of learning. Marks must be submitted to set students up for their next steps in life. Yes, it is a busy time.

In addition to year end activities for students, the adults are engaged in a host of things to finish the year off. Whether it is the Retirement Celebrations or the Coach’s Banquet, we celebrate the accomplishments of the many adults who have given so freely of themselves to enrich the lives of our students. At the School Board Office we are busy with staffing and budgeting, so we can put last year to bed and prepare for the coming year. In the Facilities Department they are ramping up for a busy summer of maintenance projects at our 50 sites. Yes, it is a busy time.

This year, I managed to visit all the schools again, and had the privilege of meeting with a number of teachers and support staff who shared the amazing things they were doing to support kids. People who meet with me know that I am most interested in speaking about how we are taking advantage of the re-designed curriculum to make learning more engaging for students. True, I also learned a little bit about the challenges and wants from each school (this is what you get when you ask, though). But more than anything else I affirmed the amazing Abbotsford Can Do spirit. I could literally go on forever about the interesting things I learned this year, but will summarize with a heartfelt thank you to our administrators, managers, teachers and support staff for the incredible things you have done this year to move the dial on deeper learning for our kids.

Our students are fortunate to have such a dedicated and caring team of people on their side. It has been a busy year, for sure, but an especially rewarding one. Thank you all for the work you do.

By Kevin Godden
Kevin Godden
Kevin Godden

By Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools

Kevin has been the Superintendent of Schools for the Abbotsford School District since July 2011, overseeing some 19,000 students and 2,500 employees. Kevin is committed to student success in all forms and envisions a school district that can nimbly respond to the ever changing needs and interests of its students.