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Letter from the Principal

Dear Northwood Families,

First, let me say that it has been my absolute pleasure and privilege to learn alongside your children and partner with you to help them succeed in school and in life over the past four years. I write to you this morning to let you know (before it becomes public this afternoon) that last night at the regular school board meeting, the NVUSD Board of Trustees appointed me Director of Prevention and Intervention beginning in July for the 2020-21 school year. This is very bittersweet for me because, as most of you know, I love Northwood with all my heart and soul, and I will miss your children and our community deeply. I feel incredibly lucky to have been a part of such a special place. At the same time, I take the phrase “all means all” to heart, and I look forward to this next chapter where I will lead the work of ensuring that every child in every school in our organization from transitional kindergarten all the way up through twelfth grade has a chance to thrive.

I want to reassure you that I am still the proud principal of Northwood from now through the end of June and am as committed as ever to navigating us through this COVID quagmire. I will continue to connect with you and your children frequently as I’ve been doing, I will collaboratively work with the PFC and Site Council to develop budgets and plans that position Northwood for success moving forward, I will be popping into online classes and attending IEP meetings, I will be here to oversee the major building renovations and improvements scheduled to take place beginning in May, and I will be here to support you with distance learning, technology help and any other questions you may have. I want to let you know that the district office will be reaching out to families soon with the timeline for filling the principal position and further details about that process.

I had several goals when I took over the helm at Northwood, and together as a village we have met every one of them. The achievement I am most proud of from my four years here is the student-centered culture we established. Our students take pride and ownership of Eagle Country, they assume leadership roles, they are key stakeholders providing input and making decisions, they are ambassadors to guests, they are stewards of the environment and protectors of our nest. And the best part is that I know that this culture will endure well after I’m gone. Northwood is so much bigger than one person, and I truly believe what we’ve built together is strong enough to last the test of time.

Winnie the Pooh said “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Of my twenty years as an educator here in the Napa Valley, these past four years at Northwood have been hands-down my happiest and the most joyful experience of my career. Your children bring so much warmth to our school and to me. I’m so thankful to them for making every one of my days happy with their curiosity, kindness and humor. I look forward to finishing the 2019-2020 school year strong and appreciate your flexibility and adaptability as we sail these uncharted waters together. I have included a link to a short video I made for the kids HERE that you can choose to show to your child or not as you see fit. Thank you for your time and for your understanding. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any concerns or questions you may have.

In your service,
Sarah Knox

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