May 28, 2021
Dear Raider Families,
YOU MADE IT! To quote Jerry Garcia, “What a strange, long trip it’s been.” Congratulations on making it to the end of the 2020-2021 academic school year!
To the Class of 2021: you persevered. You took online classes. You Zoomed. You were separated from your friends and classmates and had to make sacrifices but you made it. As a class, you earned more than $6M in college scholarships. You completed 4,467 College Credit Plus credit hours and 209 internships and capstone projects. When you cross the stage at graduation, you should feel #REYNProud and #REYNsilient. Please know I am so proud of you!
To all of our students: You showed us that you can handle anything! You competed in athletic competitions, design challenges, online learning and more. You rose and are coming out of this year stronger than ever before. You are #REYNProud and #REYNsilient!
To our staff: what a year. You were flexible. You evolved your skills. You were adaptable. You refused to be defeated by the challenges of this year. You embodied the #REYNProud spirit and you are the definition of #REYNsilient. I want to personally thank you for showing your Raider pride and carrying on.
Last, but not least, to our families: You were the unsung heroes of this pandemic and the past year. You were a parent, teacher, counselor, disciplinarian, employee, friend. We could not have made it through this year without your support. Thank you for being #REYNProud and #REYNSilient.
As we say goodbye to this school year, I hope you take the time to rest, relax, and recharge over the summer. There is still plenty of work to do, even over the summer, but it is also important to decompress and take care of our social and emotional needs.
I look forward to returning to some sort of normalcy, especially seeing our students and staff five days a week next fall. While there is much to do, we will not be good stewards of our District if we don’t take a moment to pause and reflect before we forge on.
Have a safe and happy summer. I am, and remain always, #REYNProud and #REYNsilient.
Dr. Melvin J. Brown
Reynoldsburg City Schools