Some 2,700 District employees gathered Aug. 22 to kick off the start of the new school year. The early morning program held at Kingston Stadium opened with a combined marching band performance, showcasing student musicians from Jefferson, Kennedy, and Washington high schools. Staff members were then inspired and energized by a team of incredible student speakers.
Jefferson High School senior Connor Wooff served as emcee, taking charge of the event with professionalism and personality. He introduced students who each shared a personal narrative related to one aspect of the District’s Theory of Action.
The Theory of Action was developed last year by a diverse team of stakeholders – including parents, employees, and other interested community members – who volunteered their time to consider how the District should define and deliver on its vision of ‘Excellence for All.” Belief statements were developed surrounding six pillars – leadership, student ownership, student achievement, innovation, equity, and culture/climate.
Mauricio Barrios – a fifth grader from the Kenwood Leadership Academy – spoke to leadership; PJ Gorman – a senior at Washington High School – spoke about student ownership; Afnan Elsheikh – a senior at Kennedy High School – shared her narrative about student achievement; Metro High School student Kyuin Goodson highlighted innovation; and Celestte Panduro – an eighth grade student at Roosevelt Middle School – brought equity into the spotlight with her personal narrative. Superintendent Dr. Brad Buck focused his comments on the culture and climate aspect of the Theory of Action.
“This morning’s event was a great reminder to our staff of the power of student voice,” said Dr. Brad Buck, Superintendent. “It also reaffirmed our role in helping students bring their dreams to life. The students were awesome!”
District employees also used the Aug. 22 kick-off event as an opportunity to collect canned goods and non-perishable items in support of the Linn Community Food Bank.
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