A message from your Superintendent…
Schools Open August 16 – Pardon Our Mess!
With schools opening this week, each is in the midst of project completion, from minor maintenance projects to major renovations. In spite of the mess, each school will provide a safe and focused learning environment. We take the responsibility of educating very seriously, so dust and construction noise will not deter us from our priority of teaching. Be sure to check out the most recent Capital Construction Update to see the progress being made at each of your schools.
Grateful to our Community
As a district, we are grateful to the broad community for investing in this and future generations of students by supporting the 2016 Bond and Mill Levy Override elections. The excitement can be seen in staff and students with each new project that begins. Through the Mill Levy Override, the district is able to offer new programs, including art at the elementary level, additional electives at the secondary level, and additional intervention and support services for students at all levels.
In Need of Volunteers
While support in the community is evident, more direct needs exist with parent and community involvement on a more regular basis. We are thankful to the many volunteers of our Parent Teacher Organizations, but quite frankly, these necessary groups are struggling for membership. Please consider how you can support the organizations and, more importantly, the students at your child’s school through volunteering. Additionally, the district would welcome new members to the School Accountability Committees and the District Accountability Committee. Please submit interest to any of these groups at email@example.com.
Changes to the Breakfast Program
Due to demographic changes across the district, the free breakfast in the classroom program will be discontinued for the 2017-2018 school year. Being able to offer this program to ALL students is contingent upon Free/Reduced Lunch eligibility across schools and the district per the National School Breakfast & Lunch Program guidelines. The district has seen a recent reduction in the number of Free/Reduced eligible students. Our schools certainly value the importance of eating a healthy breakfast as it positively affects development and school performance. Breakfast will still be available for purchase to all students, and students who are directly eligible for Free/Reduced meals will continue to receive a no cost breakfast.
It All Begins in This Week!
There is no doubt a mix of excitement and reluctance on the part of students at the start another year, but we are ready for you! Our full staff is here and dedicated to helping each student succeed.
Greg A. Rabenhorst, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools