Message from Superintendent

October 17, 2018

Greetings to Pine-Richland Students, Parents and Community,

Fall has arrived! It is hard to believe that we are already approaching the end of the first nine weeks. We have so many diverse opportunities for our students at PR. These opportunities were again evident last week with the wide range of homecoming booths and activities. The Class of 1998 celebrated their 20th reunion with activities that included a tour of the high school. This class attended all four years in the “new” high school built in 1993. Given our growth as a community, high school additions were added in 2000 and 2012.

On October 10th, we hosted the first in a series of Town Hall sessions as part of the strategic planning process. During the morning session, there were 98 participants representing all key stakeholder groups (e.g., students, staff, board, administration, parents and community). During the evening session, there were 54 participants (43 new). Special thanks to the approximately 50 students who engaged in these sessions (i.e., seniors, eighth graders, sixth graders, and third graders). In addition to the face-to-face sessions, we also had 231 people respond via the electronic survey. The total number of non-duplicated participants from this first cycle was 372. 

We have created a strategic planning website to ensure that materials and presentations are available. Notes were added to the Town Hall slide deck so that the discussion topics are clear. We also attached a copy of the data and information placemat that was located at each seat of the Town Hall. This placemat contains feedback and input that are received/reviewed each year. The strengths and opportunities identified on the placemat help guide strategic action. At this point, we are reviewing Town Hall input to identify themes and priorities. We had 100% consensus on the categories and long-term goals. One additional long-term goal related to sustainability and the environment was added. The next public input sessions are scheduled for late November/early December. We encourage your participation and engagement. Information is also embedded in the slides related to school start times.

In the 2016 – 2017 school year, the Health and Physical Education Department participated in the in-depth program review process. They have been working to implement recommendations from that process for the past two years. Led by Mrs. Warrick and supported by the department members, newsletters were developed to highlight the department vision: “empower students to develop habits of mind and body to support wellness throughout a lifetime.” This newsletter was shared with all staff by the Health & Physical Education Department. It is organized by topic category to provide helpful hints and quick tips for wellness-related activities. The department is currently focused on health education and working to address gaps in content and skills in grades K – 7.

Thank you again for your commitment to and support of the Pine-Richland School District.


Brian Miller