Summer is a busy time at school. Although there is an emptiness in the building from the lack of children and teachers and families, it still buzzes with preparations for next year. We look, we reflect and we make some changes. And there are changes that come that are unexpected.

Staffing changes are a part of the response. Every year, there is movement. We have staff that take on a new journey and growth in other areas of the building. Some staff move into a new journey outside of Joyner. We wish our Joyner family well in their next steps of their growth. We feel a sadness and excitement at the same time for these staff members who are beginning something new perhaps a move, career change or addition of a family member.

As we respond to these changes, a team begins the careful process of finding new members of our JYJ community. We hold tight to the core beliefs of what makes our school so special as we talk with those interested in coming to Joyner. We look for people that value the same core beliefs of kids and community.

One change that I want to share with our community is that Ms. Childress, our assistant principal, will be moving back to the Charlotte area with her family. We are excited for this opportunity for her. We are grateful for the care that she has given to our students, families and staff. We celebrate how much she has helped us all grow and wish her well in her next journey.

As new staff join our team, we will be sharing bio’s on our website of these new Joyner family/staff members. This will allow our larger Joyner community begin to welcome these new members.

I am excited to begin to make the last final preparations to the 2016-2017 school year. We will continue to drive forward for success for our students. I look forward to welcoming our new families and welcoming back so many of you! Thank you for your welcoming spirit as we say hello to the new school year!