Dear Families and Staff,
It is a true privilege to join the Ricks community and to be given the honor of guiding the school as it continues to flourish and grow. As I write this, I can't help but think about my upcoming international move from South Korea back to Colorado where I was raised. Yet, outside of the enormous "to-do" list, my mind is ready to engage in preparing Ricks for the 2016-17 school year and beyond. My brief visit at the start of the month allowed me to develop a visual understanding of the school and meet some faculty and parents. However, one critical element was missing: the children! The students were off enjoying their first day of summer vacation and the building was missing a bit of its heart without them in it.
So, as I look ahead to August, it is the children who I can't wait to meet; to see the teachers supporting them educationally, emotionally, and socially, and thereby fueling their individual and collective growth. I am eager to experience the high quality, gifted education Ricks students are experiencing on a daily basis.
During my visit to the school I asked the representative parents and faculty to tell me their vision of a Ricks graduate. According to these groups, a Ricks graduate is:
● confident in who he/she is and self-advocating
● articulate in his/her self-presentation
● someone who loves learning and is passionate about the learning process
● comfortable in his/her own skin
As we look ahead at the newly developed Ricks strategic plan, which will be the guiding tool for upholding the traditional strengths of Ricks, while simultaneously and methodically ensuring the school's growth, it is the image of a graduate that we will need to keep in our minds. The students will grow from their earliest preschool days at school until they depart after Middle School. All of our strategic efforts will need to continue to feed this collective vision of our children, this vision of a Ricks graduate.
I look forward to meeting each of you in August as I join you in this journey. I will extend an invitation to meet with all community members early in the school year so we can begin to get to know one another, and I look forward to seeing you there and on campus.