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Note from Superintendent Swanson: Nov. 17, 2021

Dear Westminster Community,

This is our final What’s Up WPS before Thanksgiving and I think it is so important for us to acknowledge the holiday and embrace the sense of gratitude that comes with it.

At the district level, we have pulled together during very difficult times and our children are better because of it. During my meetings with principals, teachers, staff and students I have heard them say that this has been an incredibly challenging semester as we struggle with all the uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve heard that many of our students are acting out and many of our teachers are stressed like never before.

This Thanksgiving break will be a great opportunity to rest up and find some needed calm. 

On a personal note, I want to publicly share my thanks to everyone who reached out to support Randy and me after he was injured in a rather strange accident.

We, along with other “State Superintendents of the Year”, were recently invited to Washington D.C. to share ideas and celebrate our awards. Our original gathering was canceled because of COVID-19 so the 2020 and 2021 superintendents all came together for one event.

The trip included a formal Black-Tie Dinner, which for Randy meant a Tuxedo and those high gloss, slippery black shoes. Toward the end of a wonderful night, he slipped on marble steps and broke six ribs.

Because of some wonderful doctors and the support of family and friends, Randy is quickly healing and will be back to normal fairly soon. In spite of the pain that comes with a rib injury, we are grateful that his injuries were not more severe.

I will be thinking about that as we sit down for our Thanksgiving meal.

I hope you too will take a moment to take stock of all the good things in your life and that your holiday can be filled with a sense of gratitude.

Kindest regards, 

Dr. Pamela Swanson

Superintendent of Schools

Randy and Pam Swanson