Welcome back to a new and exciting school year. It’s great to see our students’ smiling faces again after a long summer break. I hope all of you enjoyed the summer and were able to spend quality time with family and friends.
Each new school year brings a fresh start and a renewed
focus on accomplishments to come and goals for a successful future. As we
embark on this year’s journey, I extend a hand to all stakeholders of our
school community to become partners in helping our students reach and exceed
their goals and aspirations for a bright future.
Each summer and several times during the school year, the
district develops and facilitates the strategic plan for the school year and
beyond. This process, called LINKS, results in action plans for improving
current programs and developing new strategies and programs to better meet the
needs of our students.
A theme that became clear during this year’s process was
the importance of our school community to “engage and connect.” This mantra can
be applied to multiple facets of the students’ educational experience.
Instructional practices must engage learners and make practical connections to what
many term as the real world. Engaging students on a personal level and making connections
to their interests and needs will result in a mutual effort to help students
realize their aspirations and make a clear path to their goals. No one can
argue the fact that a student may not care what you know unless they know that
you care. This is true in school, at home, in the workplace, and in the
community at large. When we engage with students, they feel connected to the
school environment and ultimately, they want to be in school.
With that all said, I extend a hand to everyone in the
community to be a partner in this important endeavor to engage and connect with
our students in each opportunity you have. After all, our students are the
future of our country and our communities.
Student attendance is another focus for the new school
year. We all know that academic success is directly connected to attendance.
Our schools are bolstering efforts to increase attendance rates with increased
communications and reaching out to families to assist in this important
component of student success. It is another facet of our endeavor to engage and
connect, as developing a partnership with our students’ families is a key
component of reaching our goals.
This leads me into another shameless plug for improving
the literacy skills of our students. I encourage all families to engage and
connect by being partners with our schools and promoting literacy in your
homes. Engage and connect with your local libraries and school programs that
promote the love of reading. Engage and connect with your children by reading
with them, encouraging them to read at home, and cultivating their interests
with conversation on what they have discovered within the pages.
Let’s keep the momentum going and let’s all play our part
in ensuring a positive and productive school year for all our students. It’s
the relationships we forged that ultimately allow us to engage and connect. In
doing so, we can ensure the success of our students and secure a bright future for
our communities. I look forward to connecting and engaging with all of you on
this year’s journey!
—Eric Schnabl, Superintendent