Message from Superintendent

Message from Superintendent

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Nov. 10, 2018

Greetings to Pine-Richland Students,
Parents and Community,
 
 
As we head closer to Thanksgiving and on behalf of the entire staff and school board, I wanted to take a moment to share our gratitude for your support of your children, the value of education, and PRSD as a whole. The vision for learning at PRSD is reflected in this image. At the top of the picture, the books reflect the knowledge that learning requires collaboration between students, staff, parents and the entire school community. As the strategic planning process continues for 2019 – 2023, we have confirmed that the current mission, vision and values will be sustained through that time period. Please invest a few minutes listening and watching this podcast. It walks through the role and challenge of these beliefs within the school district.
 
Earlier this week, an invitation to participate in the second Strategic Planning Town Hall was sent to the entire school community. You are invited to join us from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2018, or 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 30, 2018, in the Pine-Richland High School Stadium Spirit Room, 704 Warrendale Rd., Gibsonia. After a brief review of progress-to-date, we will move directly into table groups discussion. This format is used to maximize opportunities for discussion and input. Strategic planning information and resources are archived on the PRSD website to enhance communication and opportunities for engagement. We were proud to have over 140 people at our last sessions with an additional 231 providing electronic input. We want to continue this momentum.
Continuous Improvement Loop
The topic of school start times has been studied since the fall of 2017 with various updates provided to the staff and community. Of the various options considered, an emerging recommendation was shared as part of the first Strategic Plan Town Hall. Although the vast majority of responses were supportive to shifting times later as a wellness-based change for high school and middle schools students, it is also understood that a change in start times has some impact on the rest of the district. The key driver of this topic is the health and wellness of our high school and middle school students. To ensure clarity of communication, a detailed school start times podcast will be distributed soon to our staff and community. This podcast will help ensure accurate, first-hand information. This topic requires our community to balance competing needs and interests. Although the articles and position statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics have been shared in the past, links will be provided to various documents.
 
One of the key strategic initiatives for 2018 – 2019 is to evaluate a new Student Information System and Financial System. Home Access is an example of how the student information system is important to parents. At some point after the winter holidays, we will gather feedback from a representative group of staff members, parents and students. The primary goal of the large representative group is to ensure a clear understanding of requirements for the software system. Those requirements may differ depending on role and perspective. We anticipate adding 1 – 2 parents per grade span to this group (i.e., K – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 8, and 9 – 12). If you have potential interest, please complete this form. It will not require an extensive time commitment.
 
Thank you again for your commitment to and support of the Pine-Richland School District.
 
Respectfully,
Brian Miller