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Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Thanksgiving is a time for both reflection and celebration. During this time of year, I often find myself reflecting on my life, my family, my work, and my community. As a school district, we have a lot to celebrate, much has been accomplished already this year, and I am excited to see what the rest of the year has to offer.
Professionally, this has been an exciting and challenging year as I transitioned into my new role as Superintendent of Schools. We began our school year by establishing a district goal to “promote wellness and personal growth through the acceptance of challenges.” I see evidence of individuals striving toward this goal every day in the hallways, classrooms, stages, and gymnasiums. I am thankful to the amazing professionals I get to work alongside each and every day; they never fail to inspire me to challenge myself to be better. Regardless of position or title, everyone in the Putnam Valley School District strives to put children first and foremost, and I couldn’t be more thankful for their dedication to our community and our students. I’m blessed to work in a community that supports their schools and to be surrounded by students that impress me every day with their persistence, talent, and kindness.

Personally, I am thankful for my amazing family and friends, I could not be successful without their tireless support of my work. My family has embraced my work and the Putnam Valley community and can often be seen alongside me at athletic contests, concerts, and community events. Friends have a way of keeping you humble and never fail to point out possible areas of improvement, but they are also there to pick you up after you fall.

I am hopeful that everyone will find some time over the next few days to reflect on and celebrate the past year. Celebrate all your accomplishments and challenge yourself to overcome any obstacles. This is just as important at home as it is in our classrooms and finding a balance of both is key to achieving personal growth. I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools