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Parent Letter From Dr. Meier

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To:    All Parents and Guardians

From: Scott Meier, Ed.D., Superintendent

Date:  August 1, 2019

Re:    Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year!

 

It is almost time for the 2019-20 school year to begin!  I hope that your family has had time for some rest and relaxation this summer. The staff has been working hard over the summer to plan and prepare for the new school year.

I would like to introduce the new staff members to our team hired for the 2019-20 school year. Please help me welcome them to our district! Also, listed below are the current changes in staffing assignments for 2019-20 school year.

New to the District:

  • Tamara Adkisson, Kind./1st Grade Teacher
  • In progress, 3rd Grade Teacher (Pending)
  • Jana Allen, 4th Grade Teacher
  • In progress-Instructional Aide (HS Culinary Arts)
  • In progress-Instructional Aide (Primary RtI)
  • In progress-Instructional Aide (Primary Spec. Ed @ Taft)

Changes made from last year:

  • Colleen Redman-MS RtI Teacher (moved from Elem. RtI Teacher for 1-year grant)
  • Cheryl Haynes-Elem. RtI Teacher (moved from 3rd Grade for 1-year grant)
  • Mersades Cruz, HS Social Science Teacher (moved from HS Culinary Arts)

Many plans are being made to have a great school year start-up! Please take a few minutes to review the following information.

First Day of School-Monday, August 12

  • High School from 7:45 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.
  • Middle School from 7:45 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.
  • Elementary from 8:05 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Back to School Night Event: Thursday, September 5

Mark your calendar to save the date.

  • 5:00-5:15 Opening (Auditorium)
  • 5:15-6:30 Classroom Visits
  • 6:30-7:30 BBQ Family Dinner (New Cafeteria)

Breakfast/Lunch Program

Each school day, students will be provided a breakfast and lunch (free of charge). Our Breakfast in the Classroom and School Lunch programs meet all Federal and State nutritional standards.  Research suggests that students who have nutritional meals during the school day do much better in school! Please encourage your student(s) to sign-up for meals each and every day or have them bring a nutritious lunch from home.

Districtwide T.E.A.M.S. Moto: “Powered by T.E.A.M.S.”
As you may know, the entire district staff has embarked on a mission to revitalize the district by adopting a new overarching strategic plan to unify and provide common direction for the district’s elementary, middle, and high schools. After exploring future trends for the year 2030 and beyond, analyzing student, community, and staff surveys and input, the staff cooperatively arrived at a focus on future Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS)! This will help our current and future students to be prepared for participation in a changing global economy that extends far beyond the boundaries of their local community experience.

Again, this school year in our T.E.A.M.S. Lab (soon to be in old cafeteria), all TK-8 students will be attending weekly lessons on robotics engineering and other science-related activities.

2019-20 Schoolwide Theme:

This year’s district-wide theme is “Earth Trekkers, Your Scientific Adventure Awaits” (Outdoor/Life Science theme). But please don’t share it with your children until the first day of school!  The yearlong theme will be used to support our strategic plan of T.E.A.M.S. by sharing the great outdoors and natural wonders of the world with our students!

Yearly Continuous Improvement Focus: AVID/Depth of Knowledge (DOK)

This year, we are focusing our improvement plans on Common Core-Depth of Knowledge (DOK) strategy implementation to raise the rigor of instruction and student understanding in Reading and Math.  To support this focus, we are continuing to implement our Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at all three schools!

New Science Textbooks & Materials:

This year we will be adopting new TK-12 Science textbooks and hands-on materials.  As part of the selection process our teachers will be piloting Science textbooks and materials for all grade levels. The science task force will then recommend the selections to the parents, administration and to the Board for final approval of the selected books. Make sure you check out the new books at Back to School Night.

Classrooms Are Ready!:

Classrooms have been deep cleaned over the summer.  The MOT staff and summer student helpers have worked hard to clean our campus. Thanks to them, all rooms are clean and ready for the start of the school year!

New Kitchen/Dinning Hall Project

The new Kitchen/Dinning Hall project is moving forward. The current plan is for the new cafeteria building to be completed by August 26 (two weeks or so after the first day of the school year.)

The staff and I are looking forward to the start of the 2019-20 school year!  Together, we can make a real difference in helping our students discover their love for the great outdoors and scientific interests as we continue to focus on reading and math content skills to support their academic and lifelong success!

If you have questions, please call the school office at 661-769-8231. Let’s continue to work together to make this a great school year for our students!