Thank you for another week of commitment to your child’s education and learning in the Fairfield Public Schools. Your continued support is very much appreciated and very much reassuring.
FPS continues to move forward in addressing both the daily tasks of improving instruction and the long term needs of addressing questions like assessment, grading, and student supports. Much of the time on May 1 and 15 will address these topics. Our teachers continue to work long hours each day preparing to teach, teaching lessons, finding online resources, answering emails, using new technology, and collaborating with colleagues to support students. I have said this several times in the past, but it bears repeating, nothing teachers are doing is coming from past practice. There is no reservoir to draw upon.
I am sure this is true of your own lives and your own work. Our conditions and environment have changed so greatly, not only in physical location but in our social, emotional, and psychological environments that the demands upon our thinking and planning have increased proportionally. We instinctively hold on to what we know works even though we know we need to be ready to change. But what are we changing to? What does that look like? What information is certain and how much is tentative? And of course, everyone with whom we interact is struggling with the same questions and uncertainties.
Considering this, all of us are doing one wonderful job and we all deserve a weekend to not think about these things as much as we can. Let us spend some time giving ourselves some credit.
I hope you can give yourselves some credit this weekend. I hope you and your families are well and that you continue to put your needs first. The Fairfield Public Schools is here to help you so if help is needed, please reach out.
Take care and be well, Mike
Superintendent of Schools
Fairfield Public Schools