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Superintendent Chuck Ransom of Woodburn School District encourages thankfulness for partnerships

PHIL HAWKINS - The Class of 2018 at Woodburn High School sits through the commencement ceremony June 8.I wanted to start this edition out by thanking the Woodburn Independent for allowing us to share information with you in the paper. This partnership is of immense value to the school district as a way to make sure our parents and community are informed about school district issues.

That's the theme for my editorial this month — partnerships. It comes at a perfect time since the Class of 2018 recently graduated. Our school district continues to excel: leading the state in graduation rates, closing the achievement gap between different student populations, and even having the top rated high school in the state according to U.S. News and World Report.

People often ask me, if I could share one thing with our graduates, what would it be? My response is this: Be thankful for the people who supported you to reach this point. These partnerships are what make all the difference.

Maybe it was a special teacher who wouldn't let you give up on algebra. A grandparent who made sure you got to school every day. Or a school counselor who provided a sympathetic ear and helped you make the right choices. We also have community partners like the Boys and Girls Club to provide after-school activities, SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) volunteers and individual mentors nurturing our students and helping them advance in life.

It could have been programs and services offered by the school district and paid for with taxpayer dollars that helped you earn college credits while still in high school. That meant you could save money on tuition and still be the first person to attend college in your family.

The school district provides programs and services, which can have an impact on student lives if they take advantage of what is provided. However, it is the people in our school district who make the difference in the lives of our students. These staff members, and all those who support public education, are the unsung heroes of our students and we would like to recognize and celebrate their contributions.

As a final word to our graduates, please take a moment to thank these special people in your lives. And, congratulations on your accomplishments. The best of life is ahead of you.


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