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Community Update Letter 06/22/2021




Dear Springfield Public Schools Community,

This is my final communication of the 2020-2021 school year, and what a year it has been!

It was almost one year ago that I first entered Springfield Public Schools, nervous about the enormous task before us.  You welcomed me with the warmth and caring that define this special community.  Together, we have moved through all of the emotions this school year, anxiety about our health and safety, sadness and frustration when members of our community were ill, joy when we were able to welcome students back into classrooms and as we celebrated milestones and transitions.

Springfield Public Schools is supported by a network of true heroes: teachers who adapted their practice and found new ways to connect with students; nurses who worked on contract tracing and supporting students and parents during all hours of the week; guidance counselors and support teams that worked to connect with students and families; custodial staff who doubled down on making sure our schools were clean; principals and school leaders who worked around the clock to make the schools run; secretaries and administrative staff that helped families navigate the challenges of this year.

As we look toward the 2021-2022 school year, we are also excited to share the new vision and mission for the Springfield Public Schools, language that will guide our plans and actions in the coming years.  Developed around the feedback provided by our community, the vision and the mission set a framework to support vibrant student experiences in the coming year.

Our Vision:
Cultivating compassionate and extraordinary learners.

Our Mission:
Springfield Public Schools will challenge every student through meaningful, engaging experiences — empowering all students to flourish and contribute in an evolving world.

On behalf of the Springfield Public Schools, we wish you all a joyful and restful summer!

Warmest Regards,
Rachel Goldberg