As the stewards of our children's educational futures, the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District has high expectations of each teacher, administrator, and all support personnel, an expectation that only excellence will be acceptable in the provision of the educational program in the coming year. We have high expectations for our community partners and parents that they will engage with us in the educational effort providing much needed support to our system and children. We have high demands of our legislators that they will fight to protect education funding even as the whole State struggles to adjust to a decline in revenues. We have great expectations and high demands for our students that they will come to school each day with a willingness and desire to learn and to work hard toward obtaining the knowledge and experiences offered to them.

SOCUSD strives to maintain a culture of high expectations for all students and high demand of all teachers, parents, extended family, business, civic, and community leaders. We all share the responsibility for our children's education based on a strong belief that learning must be the highest priority in our children's lives. We must focus the attention of students on the educational substance that is critical to their respective future. However, we must also teach skills beyond academics, such as communication, kindness, and cultural acceptance for our children. We must also make the powerful connection between effort and achievement.

During the 2011-2012 school year, it is time to focus less on the past and to place a greater emphasis on the promise of a better future. Yes, we have great expectations for this school year including continued improvement in student achievement, through the fostering of positive school climate, where all teachers feel safe to take risks in their teaching, and all students feel safe to take risks in their learning. This is the magic of education in the SOCUSD. Each day holds a new promise, a new opportunity of success for each child, for each school, and for each family. It is only by meeting these high expectations which are based on high demands for quality education that together we as a community will fulfill the promise of giving our students the ability to dream, and equip them with the skills to chase and achieve their dreams. Be S.A.F.E.!

David D. Lykins Superintendent SOCUSD #9