Dear Parents, Students and Guardians,
As I write this communication, I reflect on the fact that I have completed my first year as Superintendent of Community Consolidated School District 62. This school year has been nothing short of innovative, enriching and fulfilling. Look, Listen and Learn tours were conducted this year. Nearly 20 meetings were held with staff, students, parents and residents for the purpose of seeking open and honest feedback about the district.
This school year included several accomplishments:
- The Board of Education approved a Middle School redesign for this fall. We are very excited to introduce a model that will focus on the academic needs and emotional support of our middle school students as they prepare to matriculate into high school. More information on the Middle School Redesign can be found here.
- Online registration for our returning 1st through 8th grade students was launched in late March. The benefits of introducing an online registration system included streamlining the process and time committed to the manual entry of student registration. It also assisted with the automation of the invoicing and simplifying the fee payment process. By the end of the school year, approximately 70% of families had registered their student(s) online.
- District 62 collaborated with the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) to conduct a System Assessment of the district. The process included input provided by staff, students and parents. The findings of the report will provide us with baseline data in order to define our strengths and to prioritize our opportunities for improvement. A copy of the System Assessment can be found here.
- The website redesign is almost complete. Our new website is more streamlined, efficient and includes helpful resources for our families and students. Our new Chief Technology Officer Adam Denenberg welcomes feedback at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- We recently hired four new administrators to the team:
- Laura Sangroula, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services
- Adam Denenberg, Chief Technology Officer
- Victorene King, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Accountability
- Juliana Vissering, Assistant Principal of Chippewa Middle School
My educational philosophy continues to focus on three main pillars:
- Student achievement: improving student outcomes
- Effective and efficient operations: maximizing our investment on facilities, maintaining safe schools, fiscal responsibility, recruiting and developing human capital
- Student, family and community engagement: consistent communication with students, staff, families and residents
Looking ahead to the upcoming school year, I am filled with a great sense of optimism. We will conduct a curriculum audit this fall, assess our communications with parents and residents and begin the process of engaging our staff, students, parents and residents in a Strategic Planning process in January of 2018.
Another great school year awaits. I continue to feel honored and privileged to lead a school district that has a passion for learning and believes in supporting all students. Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s educational journey.
"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow" –– Anthony J. D'Angelo