With a quarter of the school year already behind us, not only is it a reminder to me how time flies, but also how much work has already taken place in our schools. I see teachers working together during collaboration time, trying to find the best ways to instruct and help individual students. I also see teachers standing behind students patiently and lovingly helping them to understand concepts that they have to know in order to move on to the next one. I see teachers working way past their contract times. I marvel at the overall care of the entire staff for our children.
After being in the business of education for the past 30 years, I am convinced that the three most important things we can do for our kids in this district are 1) that we care and love these kids as if they were our own, 2) that we teach them and challenge them to be thinkers and communicators, and 3) that we help them become confident people.
Of course, we also need to teach the standards that have been established. These standards are not evil. They are challenging, but teachers are proving that they can teach them and that students can master them. The real difficulty and challenge for teachers, because of time constraints, is to determine what they want their kids to know, how to determine if they know it, what they will do for those who don’t get it, and what they will do with those who do get it.
I am proud of our teachers and our support staff for the work that they are performing each day. The people inside each of our buildings and the supportive parents are the factors that determine our success. They are constantly trying to improve because they are problem solvers. When we as a district face challenges, we, who are either employees of the district or who are patrons of this community, each have a decision to make. We choose either to be part of the problem or to be part of the solution. For those of you who choose to be a part of the solution, I thank you and encourage your continued support and contribution.
We at North Summit School District are committed to providing parents and students with accurate and prompt information in the event of school closures or other urgent matters impacting our schools and community. Depending on the type of emergency situation, the district utilizes the following methods of communication: direct telephoning, information placed on the district's website at www.nsummit.org, emailing, cell phones, emergency radios- between schools and the district office. Keeping parents informed helps to assure student safety and provides peace of mind. In an effort to improve communications with our families, we are requesting that all parents Like our Facebook page, North Summit School District, and friend North Summit. Facebook is a very great tool for getting information out quickly. We also suggest that you update your personal information including address, email, home and cell phone numbers for anyone you would want contacted in the event of a school closure or emergency. Sometimes this information is updated at one school for one child, but does not always get changed on all students in the same family. Please help us by contacting the schools or district office if you feel your information may be out of date.