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Welcome to School Year 2019-2020

Meridian Community and Families,

We are just one week away from opening our doors and starting the 2019-2020 school-year. I know this time of year brings forth different emotions for many of us. Some parents and community members will be thrilled as their child starts a new adventure, some melancholy as this means less time with their kiddos, and others are just excited to have a little break J!! Honestly, we probably are all a little bit of each of these as this major routine change is both exciting and anxiety-riddled for many of us.

This summer was an incredible, emotional ride for the district. For a few years, we had prepared for a summer full of building and grounds improvements. We were extremely confident that we could get done a tremendous amount of work under the leadership of newly hired Buildings and Grounds Director, Bryan Vandiver. We were right. The transformation that took place was praise-worthy. In four months on the job, he literally impacted each element of our Facilities operations. His impact was amazing. Unfortunately, it was much too short as Bryan passed suddenly in July.

We have worked hard to attempt to carry forward with the work and finish it off the way Bryan would have gotten it done if he was still with us. I hope you take the time to notice the hard work that has taken place and understand that none of this would have been possible without his leadership and the extremely hard work of his Buildings and Grounds team.

Now, to look forward. Each year in this letter I share what our district focus for the year will be. This year our focus is to understand the change process and where we all fit within it. We have had a tremendous amount of change in the last five years and this change is simply going to accelerate as we continue to move toward our vision of attaining world class results. My message to the staff in our welcome letter was simple. There are certain truths in education that we must embrace in order to understand our place within the education ecosystem and understanding those truths should inspire the desire to continuously improve and create a better school system for the kids we serve. Some of these truths are as follows:

  • You matter
  • As society changes so too do the kids we serve
  • We (all schools) struggle to truly measure progress
  • Technology is an incredible tool – but too often we use it in a way that actually inhibits innovation
  • Some antiquated thoughts still dominate our present environment

As always thank you for your continued support. It is not lost on me how lucky we are as a faculty, staff, and administration to serve this community. Also, please continue to connect with us on our social media platforms. We work very hard to attempt to meet our parents and students where they already are – so we hope to see you on Instragram, Twitter, and Facebook. Please label school-related posts with #WeAreMCUSD so we can collaboratively celebrate the great things happening in our community.  

I also would like to ask a personal favor – please take the 20 minutes necessary to watch our State of the Schools presentation at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGwdvY5djv4&t=3s

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school-year!

Thank you, and let’s make it a great year,

Dr. PJ Caposey