Superintendent’s Welcome Comments
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Barbara VanSweden, Superintendent
Message from the Superintendent…
The summer months continue to be a very busy time for Fitzgerald staff. We conclude one school year with concerts, choir programs, the district art show, the spring athletic season, recognition events, the high school play and graduation. Students in fifth grade are preparing to begin middle school and students in eighth grade begin the transition to high school. District and school improvement plans and budgets are finalized with goals and strategies in place for implementation in September. By July 1, we begin another phase of the school year which will be highlighted in this edition of the Fitzherald.
Again this summer, we extended the school year once by offering academic programs to 400 K-12 students. The course offerings for middle and high school students were available online with support from Fitzgerald teachers as we continue to blend the best of our digital learning with the best of our traditional offerings. Elementary students participated in literacy and science classes to support and extend learning during a four week program.
This issue of the Fitzherald also provides the community with information about the transition to a new state mandated assessment for all high school students. Eleventh grade students will now take the SAT test beginning in the spring, 2016. FHS principal, Kim Cerrini provides the details of our preparation to transition students to this redesigned test. In addition, we are preparing for the implementation of Capturing Kids’ Hearts, a program for PreK-8 students and staff. It is our belief that we need to continue developing positive school climate to support the academic growth of all students. For your information, Chief Academic Officer, Julie Lemond, provides a snapshot of phase 1 implementation.
Additionally, the district plans a variety of renovation projects during June, July and August. This summer, the FHS football stadium received a new synthetic turf and an eight lane running track. The district continued with phase 4 of air conditioning projects at FHS and CMS. Details of these projects and other renovations are provided in articles by our Maintenance and Custodial Supervisor, Bill Rudd.
The Mound Park community is already aware of the Toepfer Road construction from Ryan to Mound Road. The City of Warren notified the district in mid-July of this construction project. Transportation Supervisor, Laura Victory, has been meeting with city engineers to revise some of the bus pick up and drop off locations in that area and provides more details in an article. We appreciate the patience of the community and will provide more information about bus stop locations as we get closer to the beginning of the school year.
In addition, we have been planning the Back-to-School Community Fair, sponsored by the Board of Education – Community Relations Committee. The Fair has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 from 5-7:00 p.m. at Chatterton Middle School. This FREE event promises to be a great time for everyone!
I hope your summer has been filled with good health, lots of family time and relaxation with friends. In a few short weeks the 2015-2016 school year will begin; the first day of school is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8!
Superintendent, Fitzgerald Public Schools