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Supt's Big 5

The Superintendent's Top Five Priorities

A list of the superintendent's top five priorities.

As we developed the Academic Master Plan, we realized the goals are much more achievable when 

  1. Students are in school everyday and
  2. Parents and the community are engaged in the educational process.

We added these to the list of priorities for the district, nicknaming them The Supt's Big 5: 

  • Early Learning
  • College and Career Readiness
  • The Whole Child
  • Attendance
  • Community and Parent Engagement

Early Learning
We want to make sure our students are reading by the third grade, which means we can’t wait until they are in kindergarten to begin teaching them. We need to work with our preschoolers, our young parents, our expectant mothers and fathers.

College & Career Readiness
We want to improve the educational experience of our secondary students so that they all earn a high school diploma and move on to college and careers. This will involve getting more students to pass their classes – including algebra – on the first try. It will also mean helping them find their passion and providing them with real-world opportunities through internships, shadowing opportunities, and mentorships supported by the local business community.

Attendance
Of course, our students can’t succeed if they’re not in school, so we need to emphasize attendance. We will do a better job of monitoring absences, staying in touch with parents, helping students and families appreciate the value of going to class. 

The Whole Child
Often, when children miss school it’s because there are other things going on in their lives. Hunger, unemployment, illness, trauma. We have to embrace the whole child and meet their needs so that they can be successful in the classroom. This means working with organizations and businesses that have just as much at stake as we do.

Parent and Community Engagement
Families are our students' first teachers. They play a vital role in the education of their children, so it's important that we listen to them, keep them informed, engage them in the classroom and school, and support them.

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