Fall 2023 School Opening Message
August 24, 2023
Dear Uxbridge Families, Staff, and Students,
As I write this, I am looking through the doorway of the 2023 - 2024 academic year. With governance that has provided us with a compass pointing directly at high-quality learning experiences, the wellness of our students and staff, and the connectedness of our community and families, I am filled with optimism and excitement for what lies ahead. I want to extend my warmest welcome to each of you as we come together as a community to shape our future, building upon our achievements and charting new territories of excellence.
Born and raised in the City of Niagara Falls, NY, I was often reminded of the unstoppable force of nature and how it parallels the potential within each of our students. Throughout my childhood, I witnessed firsthand the barriers that often stand between children and their dreams – barriers that, like the roaring waters of the falls, can seem insurmountable. These experiences galvanized my commitment to ensuring that every student, regardless of background or circumstance, has access to the best education possible. It is a commitment that I have dedicated my career to and one that I proudly bring to the forefront in Uxbridge.
In alignment with this commitment, we have identified three critical focus areas for the upcoming academic year:
Focus 1: Excellence in Teaching and Learning – All students can and should achieve at the highest levels. Our educators are equipped and committed to ensuring that every classroom is a space of innovation, creativity, and achievement.
Focus 2: Safe and Supportive Environments for Students and Staff - Emotional, physical, and mental safety are paramount. We will tirelessly work to create nurturing spaces where our students and staff feel secure, valued, and empowered.
Focus 3: Fostering Family and Community Engagement - Our schools are the heartbeats of the community. We are dedicated to strengthening ties with families and community partners, understanding that education is a collective effort.
One of the initiatives we have already begun is extending the school day for as many students as possible. By offering more time for learning and support, we are taking tangible steps to close the achievement gap and ensure that all students have the opportunity to thrive.
I invite you to join us in this journey in the spirit of continuous growth and community. Your insights, expertise, and passion are invaluable assets as we work together to make Uxbridge Public Schools a beacon of excellence. Throughout this year, you will find countless opportunities to provide your feedback and ideas on our journey to the top.
Thank you for entrusting us with your children's education. Let us embrace the year ahead with hope, resilience, and a shared vision for a brighter tomorrow.
Mike Baldassarre, Superintendent of Schools