June 11, 2020 - A Year We Will Never Forget

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Hello Ann Arbor Public Schools Community,

As our students, staff and parents prepare to wrap up this school year, I offer my sincere appreciation and congratulations for your strong partnership.  Thank you for engaging and supporting our students and staff, families and each other, particularly during this challenging spring of COVID building closure and distance learning. 

We acknowledge the outstanding efforts of our teachers and staff as they have worked valiantly to connect and serve our students and their families despite the added challenges of learning together while we are physically apart. We are grateful to our parents and community members who have risen in remarkable ways to support students, staff and families throughout this historic time.  

We offer our hearty congratulations to the more than 1,300 members of the AAPS Class of 2020; we look forward to the processionals at each high school and virtual commencement ceremonies beginning on Friday, June 12th. We share our very best wishes for the Class of 2020 and their next steps following graduation.

I hope you will enjoy this inspiring video highlighting a few ways teachers, students and staff engaged together during this memorable and extraordinary year. Please use the player below to view the video.

During this time, we have learned, more than ever, that our classrooms and schools are so much more than a physical building; each of us serves a key and critical role in ensuring the AAPS is about caring and connections, learning together through challenges, compassion and outreach. 

Wishing you a safe, healthy and enjoyable summer,

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Jeanice K. Swift
Superintendent of Schools