September 29, 2017
Dear District 96 Parents and Guardians,
It is hard to believe that it is already the end of September. The school year kicked off for our students on Thursday, August 24 and we have been learning every day. It is great to see our students so eager to learn and grow.
As your superintendent, I am so thrilled to start my second year with all of you. Finding familiar faces among our students, staff and faculty and families feels great! I am excited to dig deeper into supporting and challenging a great school district and continuing to grow and to improve.
This summer I had the opportunity to read a great book entitled, Learning to Improve, How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better. The book discusses the complexity of school systems. School districts are built first and foremost to support student learning. We want student learning to extend beyond academics and for students to enjoy coming to school, while expanding their interests and finding friendships and joy. We look to offer the best educational practices that support this growth every single day.
Our motto for the year comes from our mission statement: To provide for each student a challenging education which promotes academic excellence, encourages creativity, develops critical thinking, and fosters respect for self, community, and the environment. Five Schools, One District, Optimizing Excellence for Every Child Everyday. This year we highlighted the phrase of “Every Child Everyday” as we hone our practices and our resources dedicated to all students.
In the coming weeks, we will be sharing our updated goals for the year that are directly linked to our 5-year Strategic Plan 2016-2021.
Our 5-year plan encompasses all facets of student learning which include Curriculum and Instruction, Culture and Climate, Facilities, Finance, and Human Relations. A copy of our Strategic Plan is available here.
For all of you who participated in our Facility Survey, thank you for responding to 3 these key questions:
- Do you feel the current building design, appearance and functionality contribute positively to your child’s educational experience? How could we improve upon this?
- What do you believe is the most important facilities issue for our school buildings that need to be addressed?
- Do you feel the school facilities are a true outreach of our community? How could we improve upon this?
If you are still interested in taking the survey please click here.
Please plan to join us for the District 96 Master Facility Planning Meeting on October 16 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the Hauser Junior High auditorium located at 65 Woodside Road. At the meeting, parents/guardians and community members are invited to share their thoughts on our current facilities and hear more about District 96’s Master Facility Planning process.
I encourage you to invite or inform your neighbors and friends who do not have children attending a District 96 school. We know that our facilities considerations are important to the entire community and we value feedback from every demographic within the District 96 community.
If you plan on attending the Master Facility Planning Meeting, please RSVP by clicking on the link below. An RSVP is not required but will help us plan appropriately for the evening.