This time of year I am often asked, “How is the school year going?” I’m pleased to share that my response is a genuine, “Very well!” Students and teachers are settled into a routine, which is a critical goal of the first days of school. When I’ve been in classrooms the past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed how well our students understand the teachers’ expectations. Even our Kindergarteners and preschoolers have learned to transition between lessons and show respect for their teachers and peers.
There are other changes to District 90 that have helped us start our year off so well. Our band program has grown exponentially every year, thanks to a dynamic leader, supportive community, talented students, and parents who value music education. Because we now have over 500 students in District 90 bands, we decided to hire an additional music director. Mr. Aaron Kennedy was hired last Spring after student teaching for Mr. Donahue. Mr. Kennedy jumped right in and is a welcome addition to our team.