12/31/2016 - Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Thanksgiving Message

November 18, 2016

Dear Families:

This is the time of year for reflecting and giving thanks. As I do so, my thoughts go immediately to those people who have enriched my life. This year that list is quite long and includes many in the Mansfield community.

In particular, I am thankful for the wonderful faculty and staff who conduct the business of school each and every day. We not only have a talented, dedicated group, but a group that strives to continuously learn and grow to better address the needs and hopes of our students. They focus not only on academics but also on the emotional and social well-being of our students. In addition, staff works together to create a special community in each school while also creating a sense of belonging for each child. This work defines our Mansfield schools.

Last spring the Board of Education adopted a strategic plan for the next five years. That plan begins with a clearly defined mission and set of core beliefs. Among those beliefs are three that I believe are even more critical in today’s climate:
   • It is our obligation to teach academic and social skills while promoting the emotional, physical, and behavioral development of all children.
   • Equal access to our district’s programs and services will be afforded to all children.
   • All children and staff deserve a safe, secure and supportive school environment.

We continually re-affirm our belief that the Mansfield Public Schools are committed to supporting all children in a safe and secure school environment. We teach and reinforce the expectation that as members of our community we accept all people and live peacefully in an increasingly global world. Characteristics that make each individual unique are shared and celebrated. Our schools have been, and will remain, open and welcoming to all students and their families.

Our work cannot be successful unless done in partnership with our students’ families. I have enjoyed getting to know many of you this past year and am thankful for the support you provide each day. Parents are our teaching partners. The conversations you have at home about learning, the messages you send about getting along with others, and the many extras you do to enhance the educational experience all support our work.

So at this time of Thanksgiving, let us give thanks together for our community and those within it who make it a special place to live, work, and go to school. May you have a wonderful holiday.


Kelly M. Lyman
Superintendent of Schools