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Letter from the Superintendent

October 2015

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Fall!

What a wonderful first month and a half of school we have had! It’s great to see all students and staff back into the full swing of the school experience. Action steps aligned with year one of our Technology plan roll-out are in place, and we are seeing great usage of the 1:1 devices by students in class and at home. I have observed many interesting and innovative lessons integrating technology. Thank you to those who have invited me into your classrooms as you work to incorporate technology in new ways . I appreciate that you are trying new
methods and applaud those taking risks in how you approach instruction to engage all students. I can really see the growth mindset in action, and it’s very powerful as we work to meet the needs of today’s student.

I hope you had the chance to participate in Homecoming 2015. Many graduates returned, and it was great to see them and hear of their experiences thus far at college or in the work place. Our athletic teams are doing quite well in the fall season, and we hope to see many in the playoffs locally and even beyond!

Lots of committee work is happening at both the building and district levels. The APPR Committee has met several times already as they work to negotiate the new 3012-d evaluation system. As an update, we, along with a number of area school districts, have applied for what’s called a “hardship waiver” to extend out time to collaborate on an agreement without being penalized in our state aid allocation. Districts had to have a complete agreement submitted by October 1st or submit the waiver. While the group is working steadily, more time is needed to be able to finalize the plan. The committee will keep you apprised of progress as they continue to meet.

The district Facilities Committee has also met several times during the past year to review necessary upgrades to our overall facilities. The committee is considering many options to repair or maintain buildings and enhance our campuses. The group will soon be making recommendations to the Board of Education for a bond project and new five-year plan for upkeep of our school facilities. We will keep you updated as the committee moves forward.

The Technology Cabinet continues to meet monthly to discuss the roll outs and progress of technology integration. We have submitted our plan to NERIC and to SED, and it has been approved at each level. We are now ready to submit for reimbursement to the SMART bond act. Our plan is one that is being shared quite a bit in the region and used as a model for other districts, of which we are very proud!

I hope you keep in touch with all that is happening in our district, and if you are looking for updates, our school website is a good source for information. We also post to Facebook and Twitter, and Nanette is very good at taking many photos and sharing them online. I encourage you to let her know what’s happening in your classroom so we can continue to promote the innovative and creative efforts that are happening across the district. All presentations to the Board are located there, along with new and updated policies and all sorts of happenings at
each school and around the district.

This is a busy but good time in our schools as we continue to demonstrate what it means to say “We are Schalmont!”

Sincerely,

Dr. Carol Pallas