Last month, Worthington City Schools hosted the first State of the Schools event in more than a decade. Hundreds of community members, students and staff came together to hear not only about the great things happening in our schools, but also our goals for the future.

Last month, Worthington City Schools hosted the first State of the Schools event in more than a decade. Hundreds of community members, students and staff came together to hear not only about the great things happening in our schools, but also our goals for the future.

We were proud to report that the state of our schools is strong. Residents can be pleased in knowing that we continue to provide a great education for our students at a good value for taxpayers. Our students continue to go on to top colleges and great careers and take advantage of the many academic and co-curricular opportunities our schools have to offer.

At the same time, the district's financial picture is as good as it has been any time in the last half-century.

The State of the Schools was also our opportunity to officially reveal our new mission for Worthington Schools. Last fall, we assembled a group of parents, staff members, students and residents to create a statement that reflects the aims and values of Worthington Schools and the community.

What we came up with is bold and aspirational. We have made it our mission "To empower a community of learners who will change the world." Our goal is to create an environment where students can be inspired and use their knowledge, creativity and passions to make a positive impact in our community and beyond.

We went into our school buildings and asked our students directly how they plan to change the world. They offered a wide variety of ideas -- from designing a flying car, fostering equality, helping the needy, curing cancer, opening up a dance studio for those who cannot afford to pay for dance lessons, to helping a fellow student on the monkey bars at recess.

They have dreams to be teachers, engineers, social workers, doctors and baseball players. But most of all, they made it clear to us that they are already changing the world. I am confident the great work of our teachers and living in a supportive community like Worthington contributes to their optimism.

I've shared just a few of the many ways our students plan to and are changing the world right now.

To see more, I encourage you to check out the video we created of our students at worthington.k12.oh.us. I know you will be as encouraged and impressed as I am by our wonderful students.

Superintendent's notebook is provided to ThisWeek Worthington News by Worthington City Schools. Trent Bowers is the district superintendent. He can be reached at 614-450-6000.