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Posted: December 15, 2023

We Have a lot to be Proud of, Despite our Challenges

In his Friday message, Superintendent Scott Elder reflects on the important work APS employees do each and every day.

Superintendent Scott Elder

Superintendent Scott Elder

Happy Friday, everyone!

Winter break begins a week from today, which likely means teachers and the rest of our school staff are frantically trying to wrap up the semester so they can begin their well-deserved time off. The same goes for students. The good news is that the finish line is in sight.

I know you have a lot to do, so I’ll make this short.

It’s been a rough week for us at APS with the fatal shooting of one of our Atrisco Heritage Academy High School students last Friday, the loaded gun found at Cibola High School on Wednesday, and the release of school wastewater testing results.

I know that’s a lot to take in, and while we need to get our arms around these big problems I want to make it clear that those issues do not define us or our amazing students. The fact is that each and every one of our teachers and schools go out of their way to provide a nurturing environment where their students can learn and thrive.

Take Brooke Beggio, the gifted teacher at Inez Elementary School who brought in local lawyers to teach her students about our justice system. Those students then went to work staging a mock trial featuring “The Emperor’s New Clothes” fairy tale. Students enthusiastically took on the roles of judges, defendants, prosecutors, witnesses, and more as they set out to determine the guilt or innocence of the two alleged swindlers. The Albuquerque Journal had a nice feature on the mock trial in its Thursday edition.

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of watching the East San Jose Geckos put on a dance performance. These were first through fifth graders who danced their hearts out. One young man, in particular, stood out to me. He turned the wrong way every single time, but he was having the best time, and he was the best stomper in the group! He knew how to jab those boots into the ground!

As I get closer to the end of my career, I realize how appreciative I am of these young people and what they share with us. Let’s take a moment to celebrate all of the good things we have and that we’re blessed to be part of.

Yes, we have problems that we have to address, but we can’t let that overshadow the important work we do every single day. We provide safe spaces for students to grow and to find their passions, and I, for one, am proud of that.

I promised I’d keep it short, so that’s it for now.

I hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday. See you in the new year.