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A Message from Mr. Ridder, Superintendent

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Superintendent Notes


I could not be more proud of our teachers and students. Everyone started the year behind due to the shut down last spring. However, the teachers are working hard to get our students caught up, and the students are working hard to catch up. We do need the parents' help in this area. This year more than ever, it is important to work with your children at night. Read to your elementary students. Help them with their math homework. At the high school, talk to your kids about what is happening in the classroom. Encourage them to stay on top of their homework. These activities will help your kids catch up and you will get quality family time in return.


We also need your help in another area, which is to help your children make positive choices outside of school time. Our school cannot control what occurs outside of school involving our students, and we do not want to. However, we can ask that parents help us by being mindful of the activities that their children are involved with at night and on weekends. This is a tough thing to ask. As a parent, I realize that the students have missed out on a lot due to the virus. However, we don’t want them to miss out on any more than necessary during these difficult times. 


I would like to thank those of you who have allowed us to use your picnic tables this fall. One positive that has come out of this pandemic is that students have been able to eat lunch outside almost every day this fall. In addition, our teachers have been using the picnic table areas as outdoor classrooms. Being old school, the concept of teaching students outside of the classroom made me very nervous. However, after talking with teachers and students, the concept has energized our teachers and students. The students look forward to being outside, it has improved the classroom environment, and it gives the students something to look forward to. The lunches being outside has made for a more relaxed atmosphere at both schools. Outside lunches have also helped to keep the schools cleaner.


We are having a great year, all things considered. We will get through this crisis because we have a common goal of doing what is best for our children. Lo-Ma has a strong reputation of taking on challenges. We will be an even better school district when this pandemic is over.


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