Dear Students & Parents/Guardians,

As we look forward to the first day of school on August 31, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back to the 2015-2016 school year.   I am looking forward to another year of serving as your school superintendent.  The past two years have been very busy, at times challenging, but also very rewarding.  I am convinced that Canby is a good place to live and a great place to raise a family.

I would like to welcome the new students and their families to our school and community.  The staff of Canby Public Schools will try to help make your transition as smooth and seamless as possible.   I am confident that your experiences here at Canby will be positive.

I would also like to welcome the following new teachers to our staff:  Moriah Hoffman, 1st grade; Stacy Popowski, 1st grade; Melissa Snobl, 2nd grade, and John Dessonville, agriculture.  You will be a nice addition to our school.

Our school district’s philosophy is to create and conduct activities that will promote optimum growth in all academic areas, and permit students to gain their highest level of accomplishment within each of their own physical and mental limitations.  We believe that our education program should prepare each student for the privileges and responsibilities of our democratic society.

I believe that we are living up to this philosophy.  The students in our school district as a whole scored very well on the state mandated MCA assessments that were taken last spring.  Six of the eight grade levels tested scored at or above the state average in the areas tested…math, reading, and science.  Even though these results are very promising, we will continue to strive to make sure all students are on track.  We will work hard, in and out of the classroom, to provide our students with educational opportunities that allow them to acquire the knowledge and skills that they will need for future success. 

It is our goal to provide a quality education to our students in a positive and safe environment.  The board of education is devoted to providing safe, well-maintained facilities that will nurture a positive climate for learning.  Throughout the past year, the board and administration have been busy in our efforts to bring the Elementary Building Project within budget and move it forward.  It is still our intention to have the majority of the upgrades, which include a pitched roof, new boilers, new HVAC system, and a new fire sprinkler system, installed and completed within the next year.

One of the challenges that we have ahead of us this fall is to inform the public about the upcoming Operating Referendum election on November 3.  The board of education, administration, and other staff members have been working diligently to put together the necessary facts & figures and reasons why the operating referendum is necessary, so that the public can make an informed decision when it comes time to vote on November 3.  It is ultimately our goal to maintain a quality school that meets the current and future needs of our students.

On behalf of our District, please accept my thanks for your support of our students and our school.  On a more personal note, thank you for the opportunity to lead and work with you as your school superintendent.  I know that 2015-2016 will be another great year of many successes for our students, school, and community.


Laura K. Schuster, Superintendent
Canby Public Schools

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