Superintendent of Schools
Superintendent of Schools
We have numerous projects that the district will be working on this year. The first one I would like to mention is we will be going through a process to update our mission, vision, core values and strategic plan. Many of you will be asked to participate in the process. If you are not asked to contribute, there will be public meetings and online options through which you may participate. The district will have an accreditation review on Nov. 5–6, 2019. Please take some time to dust off and review LCSD1’s current strategic plan, mission, vision and core values. I encourage you to reflect on how your professional mission fits with these documents. The accreditation team may ask you questions regarding this during the visit.
Second, we are looking at our mid-level education program and will be moving to provide more time in core subjects (math, science, social studies and language arts) during the 2020–21 school year. Dr. Steve Newton, middle-level principals and our curriculum coordinators are working with subject-area teachers to adjust curriculum, pacing guides and assessments at the seventh- and eighth-grade levels. Thank you to all our middle-level staff members for making positive changes for our middle-level students.
Third, the district is continuing to strive to have all students reading at grade level by the end of third grade. We are using a new benchmarking assessment that is more closely aligned to the state assessment which may take some explaining to students and parents as we transition. The better our students read by the end of third grade, research shows the better they will perform throughout the rest of their schooling. Thanks to all our K–3 staff for your efforts on this endeavor.
Finally, our high schools have improved the district graduation rate incrementally over the past few years and will continue to focus on getting students graduated and prepared for careers, college and military. Thank you to all high school staff members for working to help students get a high school diploma and prepare them for their next step in life.
We had numerous employees working over the summer to prepare for the next school year and we appreciate their hard work. Special thanks to our maintenance, grounds and custodial crews for the long hours put in to have all schools ready to receive another year of students. They have done a great job in a short time period getting prepared for a new school year. Hats off to everyone’s much-appreciated hard work. Take a minute of your day to thank them for the effort they put in this summer if you get a chance.
Have a great year and I can’t wait to see you doing your very best for LCSD1 students!
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