TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE!
First and foremost, please allow me to express my sincere gratitude for everyone’s patience and resiliency this past school year. As a result of everyone’s dedication and hard work our school system demonstrated a commitment to student learning I believe was unparalleled. Students who were committed to their schoolwork had every opportunity and the necessary supports for success. With each school year, there are measurable academic outcomes that provide a window into how our school system performed. Several of end of year indicators substantiate that amidst extraordinary challenges many of our students made academic gains. Understanding, the expectation nationally and across our state was that students would experience significant learning loss due to the pandemic. We recognize that some of our students did struggle academically as well as social emotionally. In response, we have put in place additional resources to support these students.
For example, we will be implementing a “Community in Schools” model in all of our schools. This program is student centered but involves the entire family. Research is very clear, every child who ends up “doing well” has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. The goal of this program is to surround our students in need with a caring community of support and provide access to critical resources. Each of our schools have a Community in Schools Liaison who will work directly with students and families. I can confidently report the team we have assembled to lead this work are caring compassionate people who are excited and enthusiastic to find solutions to challenges faced by our students. Very early on, they will be working to develop community partners in the effort to support our students and families.
Personally, as I reflect on this past school year, there were many lessons learned that will make our school system even stronger as we move forward into the 2021-2022 school year. I have challenged our school administration to work collaboratively with their school leadership teams and faculties to help us reshape our practices by reestablishing the normal functionality of school as well as blending the new skills we developed over the past eighteen months. As the new school year quickly approaches, I will be praying for a renewed sense of excitement and energy in our school community. My hope for all of our students is that this school year is full of great memories, lasting relationships, and FUN! If we focus on those things and commit to the work, the 2021-2022 school year is going to be absolutely amazing!
Our success this year will be measured by how well our school community rebounds from the chaos and constant unknown that we lived this
past school year. They say life is 10% what happens and 90% of how you react to it. As a collective body of ordinary people committed to the mission of serving our students we will not just rebound - - we will move forward and embrace all that this new school year brings!
Jim Brown, Superintendent of Schools