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Posted October 5, 2018

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In her weekly message to employees, Supt. Reedy describes APS as her team. "I am its biggest fan."

I am not much of a sports fan but I know many people who are. Maybe you’re one of them. If so, I bet you own a t-shirt, sweatshirt or cap emblazoned with your team’s logo. And why not? You feel connected to this team, your team. You want them to succeed. You are disappointed when they lose, but you don’t give up on them. You keep cheering them on.

That is how I feel about Albuquerque Public Schools. This is my team and I am its biggest fan.

As part of our annual United Way Campaign, Oct. 5 has been designated APS Spirit Day, a day to celebrate this great team of ours.  

It’s not just about wearing our school or department shirts (though I hope you are – it is so heartwarming to see staff and students alike dressed in their spirit wear!) What this day is really about is taking pride in all that we have done and all that we continue to do.

There is much to be proud of:

We can be proud of the APS Academic Master Plan developed as a collective to reshape teaching, learning, classrooms and schools so that our students are better prepared to live and thrive in a competitive, ever-changing world.

We can be proud of the work that is being done to address the Supt’s Big 5 priorities: early learning, college and career readiness, attendance, the whole child and community and parent engagement.

We can be proud of the success of the Learning Zones and all the support they are able to give our neighborhood schools.

We can be proud of the work that is being done through 90-day plans, instructional rounds and professional development.

We can be proud of improved test scores and increased graduation rates.

We can be proud of all that we have to offer our students and families such as dual language, dual credit, career training, athletics, fine arts and STEM programs.

We can be proud of our operational budget that makes sure taxpayer dollars are going directly to teach and support students. 

We can be proud of voters who overwhelmingly support APS in bond and mill levy elections, allowing us to build and renovate schools, which provides many jobs and opportunities in our community.  

We can be proud of our Foundation which grants hundreds of thousands of dollars to help students learn and teacher teach. (Quick plug: you can designate the Foundation as the recipient of your United Way contribution.) 

I am such a cheerleader for APS because there is so much to cheer about!

What I am most proud of are my teammates. We are 14,535 strong, and each and every one us, of you, has something important to contribute to the team.

That is why I am APS Proud. I hope you are, too.

I encourage you to share the pride you have in your students, colleagues, school and/or department as part of APS Spirit Day. You can do that by posting pictures to social media using #APSProud.

Good job, teammate!

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