Superintendent

CengDr. Tarkan Ceng Superintendent tceng@jeffersoncsd.org Dear Friends and Families of the Jefferson Community,

It is with great excitement that I welcome you to the start of the 2019-2020 school year. This is an opportunity for us to continue working toward the best version of ourselves. This hold true for child and adult alike. Each year brings with it a new chance to transform and improve ourselves while taking into consideration all we have learned about who we are as individuals and the environment around us.

Our faculty, staff, administration and Board of Education have all been working diligently to prepare for a successful school year. This has included reflecting on past years to inform our path as we move closer to our aspirations. We have sought out and participated in activities and training to improve both district and school practices. We have reviewed and are revising our operational procedures to create efficiencies in order to further enhance opportunities for our students. We do this with our District mission as our compass, ensuring that we are making the best decisions that align with our charge.

While our teachers and staff have been in and out of the building over the summer preparing for the students' return, they will officially return on Tuesday, September 3rd for staff development and final preparations for the opening day of school. The first day for students will be Thursday, September 5, 2019

Our focus for the upcoming year is to continue our efforts in preparing our students to successfully overcome future challenges. As time advances we realize that there is so much information in the world and even more that is being created. With this in mind, schools need to continue shifting away from the paradigm of "what to learn" and move toward "how to learn". We understand that there is a foundation of knowledge we must acquire in the earliest years, however, it is critical to build upon that foundation independently and interdependently as we mature and develop.

As I continue to get settled in and better define how my role can support the efforts of the school and community, I have been continually impressed by the efforts made and how children are the priority. I have also observed the work conducted to balance honoring the past while coordinating efforts to create a brighter future for the children and community. You have my deepest appreciation for all you do for your children as well as the children in our community and school. I wish you all a great school year and look forward to strengthening our relationships to support this shared priority.

Sincerely,

Tarkan T. Ceng, Ed.D. Superintendent