Can you believe the 2013-2014 school year is upon us? It seems like just yesterday we were saying goodbye to our graduates and sending the rest of the students off to summer adventures. I hope the staff members who had a summer break got the rest and relaxation you so deserved. I know you are all excited to be back in your schools and anxious for students to come.
A big thank you to the buildings and grounds crew as they worked all summer to make our schools beautiful—inside and out! I also appreciate all the staff members who attended training this summer to hone skills and knowledge that will serve our students and district well. Also, please know that the rest of the support team has been busy this summer hiring staff, securing resources and preparing for what is going to be a great year!
I spent a good part of the summer talking to community members. They are proud of the accomplishments of our students and staff and they look forward to more good things to come. I have enjoyed these many opportunities to talk to them about “Our Kids, Our Community and Our Future” as they align with the goals of our new strategic plan:
- Our Kids – Student Achievement
Goal: Increase student achievement for all students while closing the achievement gap.
- Our Community – Stewardship and Accountability
Goal: Provide prudent stewardship and accountability of public resources to best support educational opportunity and student success.
- Our Future – Healthy, Safe and Secure Schools
Goal: The District will provide all students a healthy, safe, and secure school environment in which to learn.
We will be developing action items under each of these goals that will move us toward our vision: All kids engaged in learning today…for life tomorrow. Stay tuned for more information.
I look forward to seeing all of you throughout the year as I visit buildings and classrooms. When I stop in, please do not feel like you have to stop what you are doing. I am just there to watch with admiration as you provide a world class education to the students of Great Falls. Ready or not…here they come! Here’s to the next 187 days of magic!
Take care. Be safe. Stay well.