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The Direct Connection

May 7, 2018

Good Monday morning, Teachers, Staff and Administrators,

We begin a celebratory week throughout our school district, and it falls just at the right time of year.  The second week in May brings us Teacher Appreciation Week, School Nurses' Week and also Substitute Teachers' Recognition week.  Special weeks like this one just encapsulate what we recognize throughout the school year – we have special people working throughout our district.

The teaching jobs in VCS are diverse and require so many different talents.  I wish to thank each teacher for sharing your passion, your expertise and life wisdom with your students.  If social media is any indicator, VCS teachers will have a week of well-deserved recognition.  Each school has put celebratory plans in motion that kick off on Monday. Teacher appreciation will go beyond the school gates, as the county government and municipalities will be issuing proclamations on behalf of our teachers; in addition, local businesses and media outlets will honor teachers in a variety of ways.  As the week concludes on Friday, one teacher in Volusia County will have the good fortune of driving home in a new Jeep Compass from DeLand Hurley Dodge.  

Our school nurses have a unique role in VCS.  Many of them provide essential services to our students with severe medical conditions.  They are a calming influence for many of our students, and, for others, especially younger ones, the nurse is a comforter when they are not feeling well.  We are grateful for the nurses and other medical personnel in our schools.

During the height of flu season this last winter, once again, I recognized the importance of substitute teachers because they kept some schools afloat. Many of us began our careers in education as substitute teachers and recognize the tough jobs that they hold.  Being a substitute can be challenging to say the least because they must be flexible, responsible and willing to step in to any class at any time.  We are fortunate to have a pool of great substitutes.

On behalf of our students, thank you to all VCS employees.  …and don't forget about Mother's Day next weekend.

Kindest Regards,

Tom Russell

 James T. Russell
Superintendent of Schools
386/734-7190, extension 20210
Fax:  386/734-2842
Twitter:  @jrussell_t


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