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A time of thanks

by Dave Means
| November 22, 2023 1:00 AM

At this time of year, it is traditional to reflect on what we are grateful for and I want to share a few thoughts of gratitude with our Whitefish School District staff, parents, and the Whitefish community.

I am especially thankful for our educators and staff and their continued commitment to our students as they work each day to find success for each individual child. While reflecting on their incredible dedication to our students and families, I recall my own teachers and their influence on my learning and growth — and also the positive impact Whitefish School District educators had on my own children.

Growing up, I remember those times in school that were especially engaging. As I reflect on my own experience, I can remember very clearly the books my teacher read to us during my fourth-grade class. Our discussions around those stories is something I remember to this day and the impact those conversations made on our classroom community were significant. 

I’m sure many of you can think of your own school experiences that had a positive effect on your own education. During this time of giving thanks, I encourage everyone to reach out and thank an educator who had a positive influence on you or your children.

I sincerely appreciate our community’s engagement in the schools. Recently we have had good conversations and feedback regarding our strategic plan to help guide our district for the future. I am thankful for those who voted on the high school expansion concepts and we look forward to more community feedback and discussions as we work to address our projected growth for the next 20 years. We are grateful and we are listening.

Recently, our middle school hosted a parents' night to provide information on various topics related to raising young students — such as successful parent/child communication, relationships with family and friends, and navigating school for a positive experience. We look forward to more family nights and conversations in our buildings, which will include building tours and other chances to see the great things our students and staff are doing.

While we continue to see enrollment increases, we are also seeing growth in academics throughout our district. Outside the classroom, we’re also seeing growth and great success on the playing field and in the arts. It’s a really exciting time for Whitefish Schools! Through all the change we are experiencing, I am grateful to Whitefish School District parents for being involved in their child's education and the effort it takes every day that is so important for their future. 

On this Thanksgiving, I hope you enjoy this special time with your family and friends and give thanks to those who have helped you on your own journey.

With gratitude,

Dave Means, Superintendent of Whitefish School District

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