Superintendent's Message

Dear Family and Colleagues,              

As Thanksgiving and the holiday season is soon to be around the corner, I have been reflecting on the things I am most grateful for. Primarily among the gift of my family is also this dedicated and thoughtful group of employees. Thank you for the work you do to make Mattituck Cutchogue stand out among school districts. Without your commitment, creativity and child-centered high standards, we would not be able to connect with children and create a home away from home and for some the extra love and attention they so truly need.

Thanksgiving is a special holiday and for many families with long standing traditions. Having a family gathering and giving thanks is a big part of that. It is also a time to be reflective and express our gratitude. In thinking about what it means to be truly thankful, I came across this poem which I thought might resonate with you as well.

Be Thankful

 Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

 Be thankful when you don’t know something

For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow.

 Be thankful for your limitations

Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

 Be thankful for each new challenge

Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes

They will teach you valuable lessons.

 Be thankful when you’re tired and weary

Because it means you’ve made a difference.

 It is easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are

also thankful for the setbacks.

 GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles

and they can become your blessings.

May your challenges be considered a blessing and may the good things in life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving, but throughout the coming year.

With gratitude,

Jill M. Gierasch