Sandy Valley Local School District
5362 State Route 183 NE • Magnolia, OH 44643
Phone: 330-866-3339 • Fax: 330-866-5238
Message from the Superintendent
Someone once said that difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations. I think we can all agree these past two years have been difficult! Just when I thought things may get a bit back to normal with the COVID situation, we get more snow than we have had in the last three years and a water main break.
Not to mention, all our students and staff have lives outside of what happens during the regular school day. We all battle the many things life brings, and each person goes home to a different situation. Even the exciting things in life can bring about stress. Now is a good time to be cognizant of others and what they may be going through. Coretta Scott King said, “the greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” We cannot show compassion unless we choose to make ourselves aware of the plight of others.
I recently watched a short video where an exhausted teacher was walking down the hallway. His head was hanging down and he sighed as he prepared to enter his classroom full of children. He stopped at the door, took a few deep breaths, adjusted his shirt, and mustered up a smile before walking in to face his students. Despite what he may have been experiencing, he made sure to put his best foot forward for his class, knowing that they have so much more on their plates than the schoolwork in front of them. I think we at Sandy Valley embody this – putting our best foot forward even in difficult times.
I ask that you take Coretta Scott King’s words to heart. This is a time to show compassion to all our community members because we do not heal in isolation, but in community. Please do not forget that everyone—teachers, administrators, students, and parents—all have battles life brings and everyone could use an extra smile now and then.
We have had some difficult roads, but I am convinced that the beautiful destination awaits.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
Collectively provide our students with a diverse education while inspiring and empowering them to discover and pursue their passion in an ever-changing world.