Kennon Mitchell, Ph.D.
Dear Parents and Families:
As we begin this new school year remotely, we do so with a renewed focus and commitment to supporting student academic achievement through high-quality and rigorous distance learning that addresses the needs of all our students.
The start of the school year is always exciting. Equal parts busy and full of wonder. We have always been moved by the sight of parents bringing their kindergartener - who may or may not be totally in favor of the idea - to school for the first time. And, there’s the crowd of middle schoolers, who literally giggle and scream as they run toward each other at first sight of a friend’s smiling face. Teachers, of course, have spent long hours preparing their classrooms with the alphabet, the periodic table of elements, a challenging mathematical equation, or a Shel Silverstein poem. Unfortunately, these moments will not occur this year.
Despite the uncertainty that surrounds us, the start of a new school year is still an exciting time, not only for students, but for families, and our staff as well. In this spirit, it’s my pleasure to welcome you back to the Adelanto Elementary School District for the 2020-2021 school year. I want to reassure you that we are fully committed to providing a high quality distance learning experience for all students.
Thank you to all of our families for entrusting us with the education of your children. We are grateful every school year, but especially amid a worldwide pandemic for this honor and privilege. We believe in the youth of our community and relish the opportunity to help them discover their potential. It's what motivates us every day and, although it may look different this year, it still energizes us and fills us with hope.
I’m very grateful that we have amazing teachers, support staff and site administrators who have adapted so quickly to distance learning. They have participated in countless hours of professional learning and collaboration through virtual platforms, much in the same way our students did last spring and will do for the foreseeable future. Although our teachers will not be meeting with students in person, we’ve asked them to communicate with your children regularly. Teachers, counselors, and administrators are also available to speak to parents as well. Today, teaching and learning looks, sounds, and feels very different, but one thing remains the same: our Board of Education and all members of our team are committed to unlocking the potential of every student we serve.
While your children are busy learning virtually this school year, team members have been and continue to develop thoughtful and detailed plans to reopen our school campuses - when that opportunity arises and with safety as our first order. Please know that these plans are flexible and open to change, depending upon mandates set by our lawmakers and agencies, including the Center of Disease Control and the California Department of Education. As we have from the start, we will continue to work cooperatively with the San Bernardino County Public Health Department to do what is right for our community. Keeping our students and staff and their families safe is our first priority. In the coming weeks and months, we will provide all stakeholders with our health and safety plans so they may review them and provide feedback.
AESD strives to be the High Desert’s premier learning establishment where dreams are awakened, academic achievement soars, and integrity leads the way to future success.
We recognize that the start of school is an exciting time, but due to the unique nature of how we are opening this year, it comes with added stress and concern. Let’s be sure to give each other and ourselves grace and patience as we rise to meet the challenges before us.
Here are a few important reminders: ? First, if you have not picked up a Chromebook and textbooks for your child, please do so from the school site as soon as possible. Secondly, student meal pick up also begins this week at most school sites. For a specific list and the scheduled times, please check our website at www.aesd.net. Lastly, we would like to remind you that attendance is based on your student’s participation during distance learning; the engagement with their teacher during Zoom and the completion of their independent work.
August 10, 2020 is the first of what promises to be 180 outstanding days with our students. Thank you, again, for your continued support and here’s to a terrific 2020-21 school year!
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school. We are looking forward to seeing your children in our virtual classrooms.
Kennon Mitchell, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
To contact the Superintendent's Office: Xenia Lovett, Assistant to the Superintendent, by e-mail or phone: firstname.lastname@example.org or (760) 246-8691 ext 10217.