A Note from Dale Sauer – District 85 Superintendent – Reflections on another finishing school year

Dale Sauer RESIZED   To quote Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Suess, “How did it get so late so soon?”

The month of May is an exciting time at our schools!  There’s so much going on at the culmination of a student school year.  End of year projects, tests, academic benchmarking, graduations, band and chorus concerts, end of year dances, honors night, science fairs, art fairs, PTO events, and of course the continued mastery of content.

Each end of the school year offers various emotions.  There is relief from the hard work of lessons and assignments that is winding down.  And, then there is the saying goodbye to those you have spent an entire year with growing and changing.  This annual beginning and end of the school year makes education a unique profession.

I want to take this opportunity to thank our teachers and staff members who helped our students grow and mature during the 2016-2017 school year.  Specifically, I want to highlight two individuals at Shiloh Schools.  Amy Sharos, our middle school language arts teacher that retires after 35 years and Dan Moussette, our elementary custodian who retires after 21 years.  They both have served the students and community of Shiloh with faithful dedication and commitment to our mission.  We extend our gratitude and wish them the best as they take on new adventures.

Further, I want to thank our parents who partnered with us and entrusted us to help their children reach new levels.  In this day and time of financial crisis and state budget woes, our children continue to blossom and show no ill effects of what we as adults worry about.  It still amazes me what a devoted and passionate group from the community and schools can do when they all work together towards a common goal. The goal of course, is fostering success in our students.

So, as the school year winds down and we celebrate our students and their accomplishments, please take time to enjoy these events and soak them in.  I recognize, as the last of our four children at home graduates this week from college, that those times and events went by in a blink of an eye….

“The bad news is time flies.  The good news is you’re the pilot.”   Michael Altshuler