From the Superintendent's Desk

As we conclude the school year at Ravenna Public Schools, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the people who have made this school year so successful and meaningful for our students. The Community of Ravenna has been incredibly supportive of the school and supportive of the activities program at the school. Over the course of the year, I have been very impressed with the parents’ support and encouragement of their students. Whether it is while they are supporting the activities program, attending parent teachers conferences, or attending fine arts events, they are always positive and supportive. Our teachers and support staff have kept things flowing smoothly and consistently deliver high quality instruction, transportation, meals, and care for all of the students. Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to thank the staff of The Ravenna News. They provide outstanding coverage of the students’ activities and school events, generously allow us to publish this newsletter each month, and continuously strive to provide accurate reporting of our board meetings and the business operations of the school. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to making this school year such a success!

As we all know, the end of this school year has been anything but normal. The situation we found ourselves in during the 4th quarter of the school year was unforeseeable and literally unbelievable. We have all had to make personal sacrifices, work harder, and make difficult decisions during this crazy time in our community’s history. The parents of our students need to be recognized and praised for all that they have done to assist their students and the school during the 4th quarter.

When the pandemic broke out and the school closed for the 4th quarter, parents were immediately thrust into the role of “educator.” We at the school understand that for many parents this transition was not a smooth or comfortable one. We also understand “remote learning” was only successful due to the support, love, and care that the parents of our students provided. The school appreciates the parents and recognizes the immense contribution they made to ensure student learning continued during the school closure. Parents, thank you for being there to support and nurture your student’s learning. Your effort is recognized and appreciated by the school.

At this point, we are uncertain if we will start the school year as normally planned. At the time of writing this newsletter, the school has been told by the Nebraska Commissioner of Education that we will be “…having a data informed decision regarding the start of the 2020-21 School Year on or around July 15th…” As always, the school will keep you updated regarding the school’s operational status in a timely manner through Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) facilitated by the school’s messaging system. It is VERY important that you keep your cell phone information up to date with the school. If you have any change with your cell phone number during the coming months, please contact the school at 308-452-3249 and immediately update your contact information.

We are all hoping and praying for a regular start to the 2020-21 School Year and a return to normal activities at the school. We look forward to the day when we can welcome students, parents, and patrons back into the building and return to “learning as usual.” During the summer months, please remain safe and healthy. We appreciate your support, cooperation, and understanding through this tumultuous time. Please have a safe and happy summer!