Office of the Superintendent
Friends and Colleagues,
Just a short time ago we concluded first quarter. At the time of this writing, parent-teacher conferences are underway, winter is in the air, and OAKS testing opens November 5. Recently published school report cards reflecting performance from last year, as well as first quarter benchmark assessments from this year, show that your efforts are paying off. There is great cause for celebration across our district! Thank you for exceeding every milestone laid before us! The work may sometimes feel arduous, but I commend you for your extraordinary work and for the great results your students are seeing!
As we celebrate, you also know that there is yet more to be done. So, I want to be clear about our work: We are focused on the critically important work of improving instruction through ongoing professional development and collaboration with colleagues. The work is simply too taxing and the stakes are too high for any one of us to go it alone. That’s why we are committed to continuous improvement through the Professional Learning Community (PLC)/Data Teams process. If you’ve not seen the effectiveness research on PLCs, I invite you to peruse the “all things PLC” website at http://allthingsplc.info/ for more information or feel free to contact me for additional support. Data teams are a natural extension of PLCs and provide some of the structure needed to make our meetings productive and efficient. Those who have not yet been trained in the Data Teams process will be afforded such opportunity in the coming months. And to support our efforts, similar offerings in Constructing Meaning, Language!, Unique Learning System, and a host of other supports will also be available in coming months as we seek to maximize the value of the Inservice days we have added to the calendar this year.
To demonstrate our commitment to ongoing, job-embedded professional-development and support, we’re pleased to announce the addition of Ms. Stefani Wyant as instructional coach at the elementary level. Ms. Wyant most recently taught a grade 3-4 combination class at RHES. She has 8 years of teaching experience and is highly regarded by colleagues across the district. Ms. Wyant joins an impressive team of instructional coaches at all levels across the school district who are working tirelessly to help improve teaching and learning in our classrooms. Congratulations Stefani! Teachers at all levels can now request personal assistance by contacting any of the instructional coaches and coordinating a time for support.
We have also invested substantially in job embedded training for our classified support staff. Previous topics for educational assistants and office staff included student engagement strategies, responding to students with autism or ADHD, technology, and customer service. Upcoming trainings surrounding Constructing Meaning and active engagement for students are also planned. Custodians and maintenance staff previously learned about handling hazardous materials, conducting facilities evaluations, and community relations. Upcoming training opportunities for these staff include Integrated Pest Management, playground safety, and risk management. Feedback from these training opportunities is overwhelmingly positive and encouraging.
As we head into the winter months, please remember to pay extra attention to the environmental conditions around your home, car, classroom or school. Slips and falls can be prevented with additional time and care, regular exercise and attention to your surroundings. Each of your provides a critically important service to our students – please take the extra time to care for self, so you can care for others effectively.
Best wishes for a great second quarter, joyful holiday season, and a wonderful start to 2014!
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