Good afternoon, families.
Tomorrow marks the very last day of the 2019-2020 school year. As such, this will be my last communication with families until closer to August. To say this year was unique would be an understatement. While we experienced much uncertainty in these last few weeks, we also made major strides as a school district this past year. I’d like to take a moment to share a few thoughts as we wrap up the 2019-2020 school year.
Just over 10 months ago, I addressed our staff at our annual Convocation event and I shared with them that I wanted the 2019-2020 school year to be the year we were truly, “All In.” The charge was for each person to be “all in” every day, for every student, and during every lesson. I’m incredibly proud to share our staff has exceeded my wildest expectations this past school year. So - to our staff - please know how grateful I am to serve alongside you. Please know how much your leadership and teamwork mean to me, our students, and our families.
This school year was unprecedented for a number of reasons. In addition to our response to the global pandemic, our board approved the Race and Equity Policy which makes creating equitable practices one of the governing principles for our board and the district. The Race and Equity Policy acknowledges the opportunity gaps among students, while also showing our internal and external commitment to closing these gaps in Asheboro City Schools. Now more than ever, it's imperative we come together as a community to address these inequities. This year we also wrapped up the largest capital project to date - the 40,000 sq. ft. addition to Asheboro High School. Our facilities team also completed renovations to the original kitchens at Charles W. McCrary and Lindley Park Elementary Schools. Back in the fall, we were pleased to learn Asheboro City Schools had four top-performing schools in the state based on test score growth results from the previous year. Those schools included Balfour Elementary ranking in the top five percent, Charles W. McCrary Elementary ranking in the top 20 percent, and Asheboro HIgh School and North Asheboro Middle School ranking in the top 50 percent of all schools in North Carolina.
Since March, we’ve made a successful transition to remote learning and teaching. We have had to think creatively and critically about events like graduation and district-wide celebrations. In spite of all these rapid changes, our team has remained committed to ensure high-quality instruction to students.
As I wrap up today’s final message, I’d like to remind our students of the student survey our team will be releasing about remote learning. I encourage our students to take part in this survey so that we may better learn how we can provide remote learning opportunities in the future. I also want to remind our families and students that our Summer Feeding Program will begin next week. Mobile meal deliveries will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Since we are making adjustments to our bus routes, we ask everyone to be patient with us as our delivery times may be different than what they have been these last several weeks. And finally - tomorrow we officially say congratulations and farewell to the Class of 2020. This week, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with each of the 287 graduates of the AHS senior class. I wish for our seniors to know that their class is the ultimate representation of resilience, innovation, and hope. Seniors - as you set out on new adventures, I encourage you to always be courageous, kind, and commit to being your very best. Congratulations Class of 2020. You made it!
To our families and the community - thank you for your continued support of Asheboro City Schools. This school year has been like none other in the 300-year history of public education. I know it has been challenging, but we have persevered together. We wish for you a relaxing and restful summer break. We look forward to seeing our students on August 17.
Aaron Woody, Ed.D.