Thanksgiving Message from Superintendent Geoff Yantz

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Dear SPUSD Community,

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, I am filled with gratitude for the unwavering dedication of our teachers, staff, school administrators, school board and parents. With the support of these individuals, South Pasadena Unified continues to be a strong, student-centered, public school community. Working together helps make our district a great place to teach and a great place for our students to learn.

Please take extra time this Thanksgiving to acknowledge and encourage the students in your family. Let them know you are proud of them and continue to support them on their journey to success, well-being, and above all happiness. I also would like to challenge everyone – employees, students, and parents – to “switch off” at some point during the break. Take a set amount of time and disconnect from social media and devices and instead gather together in a way that allows you to connect with other people. Reflect on the time you spend together: How do you feel? What did you do instead of scrolling? Did you learn anything about yourself? It’s important for each of us to take some time to reset and connect with others.

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Thank you to the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, PTAs, and Booster Clubs for their generous, year-round support of our District in the areas of curriculum, instruction, extracurricular, arts, and athletic programs. We are able to offer a multitude of robust programs and activities because of our strong relationship with these organizations. They also go above and beyond by providing community engagement activities for SPUSD families to socialize and grow together. They consistently offer long-standing, annual events and also introduce new opportunities for SPUSD families to experience.

Warmest wishes for a happy and safe holiday celebration. I’m incredibly proud of the entire South Pasadena Unified School District community. Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving week.

Geoff Yantz, Ed.D.