As our first semester of this school year comes to a close, I'd
like to take the opportunity to wish you a restful and joyful winter break.
It has been an exciting and eventful start to the school year. What may be most notable for many is DPS' leadership transition, as we wished farewell to our former Superintendent Tom Boasberg at the start of the school year, followed by an extensive national search for candidates. And now, we are rounding out the semester with Monday's announcement of the appointment of DPS' Susana Cordova, who will take over the role in January. In between, I have served as your interim superintendent, serving in transition. It has been my privilege and honor to be a part of DPS. I'm excited DPS will be able to start our next semester and the new year with a renewed sense of unity and direction.
Additionally there have been celebrations throughout this semester, both locally and nationally. We've all cheered on Denver's breakout football star and South High School alum Phillip Lindsay (Go Broncos!) and celebrated the naming of the 2019 Colorado Teacher of the Year, DPS' own Margaret "Meg" Cypress of Bradley International School. We have made great strides for our students, too, boosting our social-emotional and mental health supports to become a trauma-informed district and hosted more than 3,700 students who learned about hundreds of different career options at the annual 8th Grade Career Fair. Lots of good and important stuff!
In looking ahead to our spring semester, there is a lot to accomplish together, including continuing our work with the Denver Classroom Teachers Association to better compensate our educators, supporting and working with Susana as she steps into her new role as our superintendent, as well as continuing each of our individual roles as we all work toward our vision of Every Child Succeeds. However, we know we can't get there and best support our kids if we're not first taking care of ourselves.
During the holiday, I hope you make time for yourself -- whether that's spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading a good book, or even just getting in that extra yoga class. Do something that makes you happy and return from the break relaxed and eager to keep making a difference.
Happy holidays, and best wishes for the new year.
Ron Cabrera, PhD