Welcome back, and welcome to the 2022-2023 school year. As we begin this new school year a familiar sense of optimism and excitement has returned. While this is the third year in a row that COVID-19 has impacted us, we are finally beginning a school year that looks and feels normal, or at least really close to normal.
Over the spring and summer, several of our staff retired or moved on to the next phase in their careers. The new staff we have hired to succeed those people come to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience and are excellent additions to our team. I'm excited for our new staff to begin their careers in Dieringer and start teaching our students. Check our Facebook page over the next few weeks as we feature our new staff members.
One of our many areas of focus this school year is Social Emotional Learning (SEL). As we strive to educate the whole child, SEL is an important component. In addition to ensuring students succeed academically, we also need to ensure that we are helping you raise children that grow into quality adults who care for themselves and can connect with and care for others. On August 30th at our district-wide school year kick-off, our staff learned about the science of hope and research that shows hope is a practice and way of thinking that can help people be more successful and better prepared for adversity. We also learned how to implement strategies in our classrooms that support these ideas from Character Strong which may sound familiar as we have been using materials and resources from them for the last couple of years in Dieringer.