Welcome to the Harrisburg School District

Dear Harrisburg School District Community,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I am excited about the possibilities for you, our students and families, and our partners as we “Harness Greatness” in all of us. Our wonderful custodial and maintenance staff worked diligently over the summer to ready our classrooms, offices, and common areas in our schools. Please take a moment to thank them as you see them. Please click the link below and enjoy a short video (created by Shawn Oliveira, our Multi-Media Manager) of our summer accomplishments. Also attached is a link for the HBGSD 2017-2018 SY Opening Week Agenda.


HBGSD 2017-2018 SY Opening Week agenda.pdf

As you are preparing for this school year: What do you think of when you hear the word “harness?” Do you see a yoke? A leash? A set of straps? Do you think of control or restrictions?

Or do you see possibilities? Do you see natural resources and energy from which to draw and put to greater use? Do you think of producing greatness? Take a moment to look around you now and take in the natural resources you see before you: the physical, the mental, the emotional, the intellectual energies that abound. What possibilities do you envision for yourself, your students, with your colleagues?

If we are to harness greatness, to teach greatness, we first must take an inside-out journey of our teaching and learning practices. This journey begins by reflecting upon our personal values and behaviors, how we engage with our students and one another as a community of learners. This includes our levels of trusts and acceptance in relationships, our similarities, and our differences. This also includes thoughtful self-evaluation of our personal resources and how we share and communicate them to our students and colleagues. For those of you who have recently experienced the training in cultural proficiency this was a way to start you on your journey, to offer a safe and honoring environment to explore your beliefs and values and to inspire you to harness greatness.

For those of you who have yet to participate, we look forward to offering you this wonderful experience in the near future.

From the Board of School Directors and Administration of the Harrisburg School District, have a great and successful school year! Your dedication and commitment to the children and families of Harrisburg are truly appreciated.

Educationally yours,

Dr. Sybil Knight-Burney
Harrisburg School District

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