Dear ACS Community,
With last week's concerts our holiday events have begun. The holiday time is always a busy time at school. We are happy to have already had some opportunities to share it with you, and we look forward to others.
Tonight is a special night because it will be the first meeting of our Steering Committee for Strategic Planning. This group includes representation from students, teachers, administrators, parents, and board members. Tonight they begin their work guiding a process of transforming ACS. In their guiding role, it will be critical to get input from all groups of stakeholders. So, there will be many opportunities for others to be involved. Please be on the lookout for those.
This past week, I happened to come across a video in Spanish that highlights why this work is so important. You can view it below. It suggests that schools have been especially slow to change in light of radical changes around them. She suggests that both the physical and mental infrastructure of schools has stayed much the same over the past one hundred years, but other areas are changing rapidly. This is especially poignant when you consider that the video predates the pandemic. Consider as a data point the fact that at least five of our board members over the past two years have conducted a significant fraction of their work remotely. This would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.
So, it is urgent that we rethink how ACS currently adds value to our community and how it could do so in the future. I am eager for the Steering Committees to take up this exciting work tonight.
Have a great week ahead.