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Goodbyes from Ms. Derby

May 31, 2017

To the Parents of Woodland School Children and the Great Students (Past & Present) of WCUSD #5


Parents, I want to thank you for bringing your children to our school and trusting us and especially me with them every day.  Most of you did not have a choice, but I hope that if you did, you would have done it the same way.  I especially want to thank you for raising such an amazing group of people that entered Woodland School over the past twelve years that I have been here as their principal.  Parents being involved in their own children’s lives lead them to more opportunities for success. The students of Woodland have shown so many positive qualities and I know this all starts at home.  It has been a pleasure meeting so many of you over the course of my tenure here at Woodland.  Whether our paths crossed at a PTO meeting, Fall Festivals, ball games, scholastic bowl competitions, parent/teacher conferences, IEP meetings, dinners, dances, or so many other activities and events sponsored by Woodland.  I have many fond memories of Woodland School to take with me as I retire in a few days.  Thank you for extending your welcome to me each year since 2005 when I first started as the Elementary/JH Principal.  When I took over the duties of Pre-K through High School Principal in the 2006-2007 school year, I knew it would be a challenge, but I also trusted we had a good mix of students, parents, and staff at Woodland.  These past eleven in that capacity have been busy, full, and exciting years for me.  I truly will miss many of you I’ve known for numerous years.

I will cherish the relationships we developed in an effort to provide the best educational experience for your student at Woodland.  My hope is that you extend these same desirable courtesies to the new principal, Mrs. Jodi Peterson and the new assistant principal, Mr. Jake Burcenski for the 2017-18 school year.  Please welcome them and make their transition as the Administrative team at Woodland CUSD #5 smooth and successful.  Best wishes and farewell to you all.



Ms. Derby

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