Superintendent Update 6.9.22 - Reflecting on the 2021-22 School Year

Dear Parents and Families:

Yesterday, the 2021-22 school year officially ended after a fantastic week of celebrations recognizing our incredible students, teachers, and staff that culminated in wishing the Class of 2022 the best of luck in their future endeavors. I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for your incredible support throughout the year. When the Board of Education appointed me to the position of superintendent over a year ago, everyone told me that our community supports its students and its schools. It did not take me long to realize how true this is and what a blessing it is to be a part of it.

While the summer months are a time to rest, relax, and recharge with family, friends, and loved ones, it is also a time of reflection.  This school year you have worked with us to navigate so many challenges:  Delta, Omicron, masks, vaccines, supply chain issues, staffing shortages, distancing, quarantine and isolation protocols, close contacts, contact tracing, COVID testing, learning loss, independent study, social-emotional learning needs, and, most recently, the tragedy in Uvalde.  I could go on.  The support that you have given to your students’ schools, teachers, staff, and principals truly made the difference as we worked through those challenges together. I thank you for your patience, flexibility, grace, and willingness to help when needed in any way that you could.

I would also like to express my gratitude to you all for making my first year as your superintendent an amazing one.  I have really enjoyed getting to know our schools, district, and community, and truly believe that I have the greatest job in the world!  I am grateful to you for embracing me, for helping me understand what is important to you as parents and community members, and for openly sharing your thoughts and ideas about how our district can better support your students and reach new heights.

Before closing, I would like to remind everyone that our partners at Vision to Learn will be available on Monday, June 13, and Tuesday, June 14 to provide free eye screenings for every student, as well as free follow-up eye exams and eyeglasses for those who need them.  This is an opportunity for all MUSD students that I hope you will take advantage of.  For more details, please visit our website.

Please, enjoy the summer!

Ryan D. Smith, Ed.D.