Superintendent’s Welcome Comments
Superintendent’s Comments - Click: Podcast Introduction
Barbara VanSweden, Superintendent
Message from the Superintendent…
Fitzgerald Public Schools began the 2014-2015 school year with a renewed commitment to excellence in education! With support from the Board of Education, the district continues to provide a personalized, balanced and challenging curriculum delivered by highly competent teachers, administrators and support staff. Our schools offer a 21st century learning environment and provide a variety of technology options for teachers and students. Additionally, it is the support we receive from parents, residents of the Fitzgerald community, alumni and business partners that make this district a unique place to educate students toward a successful future.
Our success is measured upon the stories we have to tell, the enthusiastic participation in district wide events and by the comments we hear from alumni and friends of Fitzgerald. Our stories include awards that are earned by our bands, student athletes and through participation in technology design competitions. We have a growing number of students enrolled in the Macomb Math, Science and Technology Center (MMSTC) and in college courses at the same time as they complete classes toward a high school diploma. Through a partnership with the Jiading District in Shanghai China, the district offers international travel opportunities. A wide array of career technical education programs that often lead to career opportunities and additional training beyond high school are available at FHS. Students that excel academically are acknowledged by the Junior National Honor Society at CMS and by the National Honor Society at FHS. The district continues to implement initiatives that will challenge our students in the academic arena, such as the opening of the FIRSTRobotics Teams at CMS and FHS. The robotics teams are supported from grants awarded for the specific purpose of encouraging young people to pursue their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The district and individual teachers have also been awarded competitive grants that support a variety of opportunities for students.
Support from parents and the community for these initiatives and others is an important component in the success of the district. The outpouring of support for the Back-to-School Community Fair, the first district-wide Trunk or Treat and the enthusiastic response from our senior citizens for the accomplishments of staff and students all add to measuring the success of the Fitzgerald school community. And finally, nothing could be better than spending a beautiful fall afternoon welcoming back alumni during the parade and picnic at Homecoming 2014 and experiencing a win by the FHS Spartan Football Team!
Many, many people are connected to Fitzgerald Public Schools. The district welcomes these connections and wants to continue to hear the stories of success. Our web site will continue to be updated and the Fitzherald will be published four times each year but we also need to hear from our alumni. So we can continue to update our stories and monitor our success, please call or email my office with the latest news.
Best wishes for another great school year in Fitzgerald Public Schools!
Superintendent, Fitzgerald Public Schools