Weekly superintendent message

“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.”

--Doe Zantamata, author of the Happiness in Life series

Dear Students, Staff, and Families,

As we close out another week apart, I want to thank you for your patience and flexibility as we have navigated this new educational journey together. We all--both students and adults--are being challenged to use this time as an opportunity for learning and growth. The quote above helps me remember that and gives me strength. I hope you too might find it meaningful. 

My staff and I truly appreciate the supportive emails that so many of you have sent to us these past weeks. As a district, we are making decisions that not everyone is going to agree with. But please know that in the hours of discussion and debate that precede each decision, we are guided by a single intention: to do the most good for the greatest number of students possible. 

Your moment of OPRF positivity: A huge shout-out to counselors Meghan Cahill and Kris Johnson! Two weeks ago they led the launch of College Connections, a creative way for OPRF alumni to connect with seniors who are trying to pick a college or trade school when they suddenly can’t check out their options in person. Thank you to the more than 1,100 OPRF alums who have volunteered to share their experiences. Click here to see today’s Wednesday Journal feature on this effort that is truly making a difference for our students.

Whether you are celebrating Passover or Easter or simply looking forward to some downtime over this long weekend, I wish you the very best. May you and your loved ones be well. 


Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams