August 28 2019

Supt. Eric Conti Welcomes School Staff Back with Message of Joy in Education



Superintendent Eric Conti welcomed staff back this week with a positive message of joy. 


According to a blog post, Burlington Public Schools welcomed back staff this week with its annual three-day BPSCon Professional Development Days beginning at Marshall Simonds Middle School. Superintendent of Schools Eric Conti kicked things off with his annual welcome message where he highlighted the importance of relationships and joy in the education. 


"While we will comply (with state testing mandates), our focus needs to continue to be on developing good people,” he said. “This objective requires focusing on relationships and generating happiness and purpose with our students, our colleagues and ourselves. Learning is a joyful process and not possible without relationships," 


During his welcoming remarks, Conti also honored the staff members who had retired in the last year. 


"For those of you new to the district or new to a job in the district, it is really these retirees and long-time active employees that have created the culture of the schools and district you are joining,” he said. “It is their legacy that we all attempt to emulate and maintain.” 


Conti also lead the staff in singing Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and Sam Cooke's “Wonderful World.” Click here to see the blog post and watch a short video clip.


Photo: Superintendent Eric Conti leads staff in a rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” (Courtesy photo)


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