Superintendent's Message

Summer 2021

Excellence is alive and well in Arlington!

The last few weeks of the 2020-21 school year have been filled with many year-end activities to wrap up this unique school year. Along with these activities, we acknowledged and celebrated the outstanding accomplishments of our students.

Our middle schools – Post and Haller – celebrated our amazing eighth grade students transitioning to the high school. Each school provided a festive drive through celebration where the red carpet was rolled out, flowers were given and so much more.

Our high schools – Arlington and Weston – celebrated our remarkable 2021 graduates in style. Weston High School held graduation in the Byrnes Performing Arts Center and honored 34 graduates. The Weston graduation began with a slide presentation with personal messages from each graduate’s family which touched all who saw it. Arlington High School (AHS) held graduation in Larson Stadium where 348 blue and gold graduates proudly shined throughout the sunny evening. The student speakers shared beautiful and funny stories as well as wisdom and advice. Both graduations were impressive celebrations demonstrating excellence is alive and well in Arlington!

Five years ago when I arrived here in Arlington, I started the Superintendent Superintendent ScholarStudent Servant Leadership Scholarship Award to honor a senior student who has demonstrated leadership by serving others. This year, Teagan Sutherland from AHS was selected for this award. She is an excellent student, kind and a humble leader. One project she led this year was focused on campus beautification and an equity project entitled, “See Every Eagle!” This project culminated with the displaying of 28 canvas photos illustrating the diverse and inclusive AHS campus life and student body. Teagan’s student leadership has forever impacted her school campus. Congratulations, Teagan!

I am so proud of the continued pursuit of excellence by both students and staff even when faced with a global pandemic. We will keep moving forward and continue planning for the next school year 2021-22 which includes returning to five days of full time in-person instruction.

Have a great summer!

Dr. Chrys Sweeting
Arlington Public Schools