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Note from Superintendent Swanson: Dec. 4, 2019
Dear Westminster Community,
I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and are embracing the joy and beauty of this holiday season.
We have two and a half weeks of school before the winter break and it is important that we not coast into 2020, but rather push as hard as we can and get the most out of every hour of every day. When we have given all we have in the home stretch, it makes the time off even sweeter.
As you may know, last month we welcomed Christine Martinez to our Board of Education to replace Dino Valente who after eight years of hard work was term-limited. She is excited about joining the team and will be a great asset.
Dino will always have this district’s eternal gratitude.
Significantly, one of the first acts taken by the new board was to approve and sign a resolution of support (link) for our Competency Based System (CBS). I hope you will take a moment to read it, because it spells out, in detail, our common understanding of CBS and the expectations we have for everyone in the school district. These are not just “nice” words; they are words to live by.
One of the key phrases in this year’s resolution is to ensure EQUITY in education.
As I told my leadership team right before we left for break, it is important to understand the difference between equity and equality.
The graphic below sums it up well.
Courtesy “Interaction Institute for Social Change | Artist: Angus Maguire.”
Equality means that everyone gets a box to stand on so they can see the game. Equity means that everyone gets what they need (maybe two boxes) to see the game.
This is an important principle, especially in a competency based system where many children come into the education system behind their peers. Our goal is to ensure that all students receive an equitable education so when they graduate from WPS, they have full access to the field in front of them.
If we can do that, we are all better in the end.
That idea is also in keeping with this holiday season.
I hope I will see many of you on Monday, December 9 when we break ground at the Skyline Vista for our new PK-8 Building.
Dr. Pamela Swanson
Superintendent of Schools