Superintendent - Letter to Community

  • Jacob Reimer Portrait

    Dear Barker Learning Community,

    It is without question that this fall has been one of the most unique we have ever had, not just for the Barker community, but for our entire state, nation, and world. However, there does seem to be a light at the end of this tunnel that we have been living in for the last nine months. With vaccines on the way, and some already being an administered by the time you read this message, I’m certain that we will return to normal in the near future.

    Speaking of the future, it is something I’m very excited about. Throughout the fall, I have seen such resiliency from our students, staff, and our whole community. Even through the difficult times, which are undoubtedly being felt by all of our kids, as well as us adults, everyone is doing all we can to stay positive and move forward.

    About a month ago, students in the Jr.-Sr. HS were given a survey about various aspects of the District this year and in that survey one of the questions asked of our students was “What is your favorite thing about Barker?” While the responses varied, a common theme of their responses related to feeling like they were part of school family. This response does not surprise me at all and it aligns perfectly with one of our Foundational Values of Family. The simple fact that our kids feel this way gives me such hope for what is to come, as it will only come with the collective efforts of all of us. I know that we will become stronger as we continue to move forward, and I can’t wait to see where this takes all of us together.

    On a final note, I recently watched a new holiday movie with my kids called ‘The Christmas Chronicles 2.’ In the movie there was a quote from it that I have really taken to heart, which is ‘Someone really cool once told me that Christmas isn’t about where you are, but who you’re with.’ I personally don’t think this quote is just about the upcoming holiday season, but everything else that we’ve been going through. With all of the restrictions and other stuff going on, more than ever, I have come to appreciate the time I have with everyone, no matter how different the time spent together may be.

    With this in mind, I truly hope that all of our families will be able to spend time with each other in a safe and healthy manner this holiday season and beyond. If we can all try to find ways to make lasting memories they will lead the way to all of the better things to come.

    See you all in 2021!



    Mr. Jacob Reimer