Message from our Superintendent
Welcome back to the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Our district’s vision and the reason that our school system exists is to prepare our students for success. For the vast majority of those students, that success will ultimately be defined in the workplace. So, we must create learning environments that provide opportunities for students to develop the skills that they are going to need to be successful.
Recent studies found that besides being proficient in core academic areas there is and will be a greater demand for employees with a different set of work skills in the emerging 21st century workplace. The ability to communicate effectively, to work collaboratively as part of a team, being creative and innovative, the ability to think critically, and the ability to solve complex problems are the key skills that will be needed for students to be successful in the workplace.
Our schools must create learning environments that facilitate the development of these skills. Besides reading, writing, and mathematics, our students must be provided opportunities to express themselves, to work as part of a team, to be creative and innovative, to analyze and evaluate information, and to solve complex problems.
The way that we create that type of learning environment is by focusing on the basics – those fundamental skills, strategies, and practices that every teacher should be highly adept at and employ every day in every classroom – and by ensuring that our students are deeply engaged in learning, exploring, and problem solving.
I look forward to the continued growth and progress of our school system this school year.