What do you think of when you hear the word invest? What do you think of when you hear the word success? In most cases, doing the first will lead to the second.
This is why, over the last several years, we’ve worked diligently to improve the overall health of our organization. What we’ve found to be true is that we can’t improve the health of our organization without investing – specifically, investing in people. Through a people-first approach, we have built trust between students, staff, families, and our community. We’ve unified as one pack (just as our namesake, the wolf) by connecting and caring for one another.
This mutual trust has allowed us to make other investments and changes that will inevitably lead to success. Investments like forming one high school and one middle school; implementing elementary boundary changes; opening new facilities; developing a bold vision and mission for our future; stabilizing our finances through the passage of the first operating levy in 16 years; and most importantly, coming together like never before to educate, support, and care for our students and staff through a global pandemic. These investments combine to elevate the importance of a quality education that prepares students for the demands of the unpredictable modern world.
Additionally, throughout the pandemic, the state and federal governments provided schools with revenue to combat the response to COVID-19 and the response to the impact of COVID-19. These funds offer us an opportunity to invest in our students and staff in ways we were not expecting. This uptick in our finances is needed now more than ever so that we can ensure our students:
- Have a strong sense of belonging, feel valued, and stay connected in our schools and in the community
- Develop the mindset, skills, and tools necessary to learn and lead
- Know their strengths and interests, and have hopes and dreams for their future
Learn about other investments we’re making to improve our organizational health, build our capabilities, and lead us to success in my next four blogs.