Well, here we are already – at the end of another school year. I’m always amazed at how quickly the time flies, and it seems like just yesterday we were opening our schools and classrooms to begin another exciting year.  I want to thank all members of our staff for helping to make Trillium Lakelands District School Board schools the very best places they can be for our students.  Your support is much appreciated by students, their families and communities, as well as by Trustees and all of us on the senior administrative team.

As our staff hopefully take some time to recharge and rejuvenate, know that we end the year with much to be proud of in TLDSB.  We, like every other school district, have had some ups and downs this year, but as we worked through challenging times, we continued to offer our students, at all levels, the very best opportunities to develop both academically and socially.  We’ve continued our work on deepening our collective and individual understanding of the very best instructional strategies and we see the evidence of our work in our daily interactions with students.

This has been another year of focusing on engagement – student, staff, as well as parent and community.  We know that we have been successful because of the work of so many. It is because of our shared work that our students continue to develop the skills they need to be successful now and in the future; something we can all be proud of.  From reaching more than 50% of our schools offering full day Kindergarten, to the successful transition of many students into secondary school and beyond, we continue to shine. Our efforts and partnerships have been recognized locally and provincially as exemplary.  Our schools and communities are better because of the work that takes place in TLDSB every day, and we know that as we move forward, we will continue to have much to celebrate.

As we turn our thoughts toward the coming year, we will continue our work in capacity building, particularly in the areas of instructional strategies and pedagogy, but also in the area of children and youth mental health.  We will continue to focus on leadership development at all levels, and we will examine our practices at all levels to ensure maximum efficiency when it comes to using our resources, something we are always conscious of.  If you have not already done so, I would encourage you to provide us with your feedback in anticipation of next year’s strategic action plan. There is a survey link on the TLDSB website www.tldsb.ca

I do wish everyone all the best for a terrific break, and hope that yours is filled with many great times enjoying the things you like best.  I look forward to seeing you all back in September and to many more successes that lie ahead for us in TLDSB.

Larry Hope
Director of Education