As we enter the Thanksgiving season, I am thankful to be part of a school community that focuses on serving students as the district’s top priority. During a typical school year, I appreciate making connections in a variety of ways, such as attending theatrical, musical, athletic and community building events. I look forward to experiencing the thrill of performances and productions that display a myriad of our students’ talents. Normally, I would have interacted with students, staff, parents and community members while enjoying hot chocolate and cheering for our Marauders on a cool fall evening. Those interactions and memories will happen in time, however, as the pandemic has created many challenges.
How do we build strong connections when many of us feel isolated? That can only be achieved within the school community by including stakeholders in the process. Our process of focusing on learner engagement, relevance and rigor will ultimately drive the outcomes that our students, staff and community are determined to achieve. Part of the process to best meet students’ needs is to create a culture of inclusivity. This happens through the school-home partnership, as we work together alongside parents and caregivers to guide and shape the citizens of tomorrow.
Sherburne-Earlville is committed to increasing collaboration and connectivity with all stakeholders. ThoughtExchange is a new platform to establish increased communication throughout our organization and school community. ThoughtExchange is completely anonymous and empowers participants to have a voice at Sherburne-Earlville.
Providing a voice for our organization is now a reality. ThoughtExchange is a crowdsourcing tool that allows people to share ideas as they respond to a question posed by the district. This extends the district’s ability to collaborate with groups, such as students, parents and staff. Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts and rate the thoughts of others – anonymously. Honest opinions are encouraged, and you can write as much or as little as you feel necessary.
You may also rate your thoughts about other comments: a rating of "5" means you really agree; "1" means you don't agree. Comments with higher ratings typically indicate important discussion topics. By hearing from all of you, the district will get a better idea about what's important to our school community.
ThoughtExchange, simply put, is “stakeholder engagement, simplified.” This survey platform enables completely anonymous dialogue between the district and stakeholder groups, based on the stakeholders’ responses to meaningful questions posed by the district. Respondents can participate on smart phones or other preferred devices. The district will provide this new way to participate because your voice is important!
Connection and collaboration of community will help to inform our direction moving forward. I hope that you will take advantage of this unique, convenient opportunity to share.
Robert G. Berson
Superintendent of Schools