Dear LCPS Family:

Week # 36 closes the 2009-10 school year and what a year it has been! Our theme - “Louisa Connects” - has brought LCPS and the community together in many ways. Teachers have connected with students and their families through positive communication to ensure that our learners are achieving at high levels. Students have connected with the community by supporting numerous fund raisers for local causes such as Santa Council and the Food Pantry. We have provided students real-world experience as they have assisted the community with projects such as the improvements at Walton Park. It is through these connections and cooperation that our school division and community become a strong, thriving place to live, work and learn.

Our parents and community have connected with LCPS through numerous volunteer hours in organizations such as Breakfast Buddies, PTA, and Band and Athletic Boosters. Please take the opportunity to thank these tireless volunteers for their support.

Each year has its unusual events, but this year was one for the records – with H1N1 in the fall and snow and more snow in the winter. Despite those setbacks, you persevered and achieved, according to preliminary test results. It is no small task to manage to catch up students who have missed a week or more of school because of the flu. And it requires a great deal of effort to re-align the curriculum and pacing guides to review content after two weeks of sporadic attendance because of snow. Thank you for your efforts.

We continue to seek ways to save as the economy slowly recovers. Your input and support, as well as the combined efforts of the School Board and Board of Supervisors, resulted in no job losses due to loss of funds for LCPS. I appreciate your cooperative spirit as we work together with reduced resources to provide a world-class education for our students.

Take time to rest and refresh during the summer. We will return in August with the excitement of opening Moss-Nuckols Elementary School and the beginning of four new faculties at the elementary schools.

Keep learning and connecting and stay healthy!