August 2016

As we head into another school year, I want to take the opportunity to say thank you to our school administrators, educators, staff, and parents for all their hard work and dedication throughout each year to provide the best educational and extracurricular opportunities possible for the students of Johns Creek.

The schools that serve Johns Creek are not only consistently known as some of the best in the state, but they are also routinely recognized nationally for excellence.  I am well aware that this is no small feat and greatly appreciate all that you do to go above and beyond for our young people.

One of the top reasons families and businesses choose to relocate in Johns Creek are the schools and, as we prepare to celebrate the 10th anniversary as an incorporated city, I am more encouraged than ever about the future based in large part from what I routinely hear and see from the young people in our community.

As a parent of three children, two of which attend school in Johns Creek and one who will be starting in a few short years, I take great comfort in knowing that they are enrolled in one of the best public school systems in the nation.    
The schools are notable for their amazing run of achievements over the years. They’ve been named: Schools of Excellence, Blue Ribbon schools, Governor’s Cup Schools, and AP Honor schools. They’ve been listed among U.S. News and World Report’s top 100 High Schools, Newsweek’s Top 500 High Schools, Washington Post’s Best High Schools, and Siemen’s Award for Advanced Placement. They have been state champions in almost every sport, including football, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, cheerleading, tennis, golf, as well as debate and chess. They’ve produced hundreds of Governor’s Honors finalists, National Merit Scholars, and won top honors in state and national contests for languages, visual arts, music, even stock market competitions. They truly embody the City’s motto of “Be the Exception.”

The educators are dedicated, experienced and motivated. They have received district, state and national recognition.  And our parents are engaged. Parent-Teacher-Student Association participation is exceptionally high. Our parents have high expectations for their kids, their schools, their City, and themselves. They attend meetings, games, concerts, and plays. They support extracurricular activities, volunteer, and encourage responsible behavior. 

Our students are also important contributors to our City. The City Council regularly recognizes our Eagle Scouts and Girl Scout Gold Star Award recipients for their projects that benefit the community. Our young people routinely volunteer at food banks, shelters, and perform other valuable public services. They give up their time, they raise money, they sweat, and in turn, they learn lifelong lessons about the virtue of being a part of something bigger than oneself. These are lessons that inspire us all. As I have said many times, our young people may not be 100% of our population, but they are surely 100% of our future. We should all be proud to support our youth at every level of their development.

So enjoy the school year and let’s also keep safety at the forefront.  Many of our students will be driving for the first time so please remain patient, alert, and slow down when lights are flashing in school zones, and continue to look out for one another.

Thanks again and welcome back to school!