To the Editor:
It is hard to believe, but as of today, we have officially completed the 2022-2023 school year! This school year has been an incredible journey; one filled with unique challenges and inspirational accomplishments. It’s also a journey that we couldn’t have made without the unwavering support of this community that we love – OUR TeamLCPS community.
I cannot say it loudly enough: THANK YOU, TeamLCPS!
Our journey during the 2022-2023 school year was one packed with excitement, hard work, and great memories. Our theme this school year was to RESET our mindset towards greatness, RECONNECT with one another, and ultimately, REVOLUTIONIZE education.
Looking back, I believe that is exactly what this community – this TEAM – did! Whether it was in the classroom using state-of-the-art technology, on the performance stage, or in The Jungle on Friday nights, this community showed its commitment to excellence in education day in and day out. TeamLCPS is more than just a name, it’s a description that describes the hard work and dedication of students, staff members, parents and community members. It’s true what they say: Louisa LEADS!
And as we wrap up this exciting and rewarding chapter of our journey, I want to express my gratitude to everyone involved.
THANK YOU to our teachers, instructional assistants, interventionists, technology coaches and other educators who created unique, engaging and innovative lessons for our students. They are more than educators; they are heroes.
THANK YOU to our LCPS School Nutrition workers, who have served more than 900,000 meals during the school year and are excited and ready for the return of our LCPS Summer Meals program!
THANK YOU to our LCPS Transportation workers, who prioritized safety as they traveled more than 2,500 combined miles each day to transport our students to school.
THANK YOU to our school nurses, counselors, psychologists and social workers, who lived out our non-negotiable of support each day, making sure our students feel respected, loved and cared for.
THANK YOU to our custodial teams, who displayed grit each day by making sure our schools are clean and our grounds are well-maintained.
THANK YOU to our School Resource Officers in each of our schools, who built meaningful and lasting relationships with our students and staff each day. Our SROs continuously commit themselves to the protection of our community, our staff and our students.
THANK YOU to our division-wide departments, like LCPS Maintenance, Technology and Pupil Personnel Services, who lived out the true meaning of selflessness. When there is a job that needs to be done, they step up to the plate and offer service with a smile.
THANK YOU to our administrative assistants and front office team members, who fielded hundreds of calls and daily requests with a smile and kept our schools and departments running smoothly.
THANK YOU to our athletics, activities, and arts programs, coaches and student-athletes, who continued to excel and win with integrity and class. Whether it’s on the field, court, mat, debate room or theatre stage, they give everything they have and represent our school division and community with pride.
THANK YOU to our Louisa County School Board and Board of Supervisors for working together and showing what true teamwork looks like. The relationship our two Boards have is as unique as it is beneficial. They continue to offer support in many different ways so we are able to fulfill our mission of challenging each student to reach their maximum potential.
THANK YOU to our principals and school administrative teams, who demonstrated true leadership, commitment and passion every single day to make sure this school year was a success.
THANK YOU to our parents, guardians, and community members, who believed in our students, our staff and our mission every step of the way. Your support served as motivation whenever challenges arose, and we cannot thank you enough for partnering with us to provide a premier educational experience right here in Louisa County. You are all vital members of TeamLCPS.
And finally, THANK YOU to our students. Our students are our inspiration. Students, your enthusiasm is contagious and your smiles are our motivation. It was a privilege to welcome you to our schools each day.
So now, as we enter Summer 2023, we encourage all of you out there to enjoy some rest and relaxation. This school year demanded a 212° effort from you, and now, a break is well-deserved! Take this time to make some great memories, and then we’ll return in August and put our TEAM mindset on display once more!
In closing, I cannot express how proud I am of this community and the efforts that are collectively put forward to prioritize public education. Our children are our greatest resource, and because of your support, we are raising up the future leaders of America. What an amazing process to be a part of!
If there is anything I can ever do for you, please contact me anytime. I am always here to help, and I thank you for the privilege of allowing me to serve as your Superintendent on our Journey to GREATNESS in all we do!
Together, we are one special team. Together, we are TeamLCPS!
Your Proud Superintendent,
J. Douglas Straley II
Louisa County Public Schools