Message from Superintendent

Greetings to Pine-Richland Students, Parents & the Community,
As we transition into the second half of the year, it is remarkable to see the depth and breadth of activities and programs across the district. In this update, we will shine a Spotlight on Excellence towards several activities in our schools. At Eden Hall, the “One Book. One School.” program was launched last week. Each student and staff member is reading Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan. The book provides the entire school with the opportunity to reflect on friendship, culture, and decision-making. At Hance and Richland, staff members worked to create a kinesthetic movement course and sensory room respectively. The hallway course at Hance provides an opportunity for students to engage in brain breaks or as an outlet to calm down when needed. At Richland, the sensory room is filled with a variety of activities individually developed and prescribed based on the needs of the particular students. There are so many outstanding examples.
On a quarterly basis, the district provides progress updates about key strategic initiatives for the year. The 2018 – 2019 mid-year update can be viewed via this link. Each of these initiatives reflects a tremendous amount of engagement and effort by teams of educators. Through town hall meetings and focus groups, we are also ensuring that student, parent and community input is gathered.  
Finally, we are also reaching the end of a six-month strategic planning process to map direction for 2019 – 2023. Approximately 400 different students, staff, parents, and community members have participated electronically or face-to-face in our town hall sessions. The third and final town hall will be rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5th  from 6:30 – 8:00 the stadium Spirit Room.
Thank you again for your commitment and support of the Pine-Richland School District.
Brian Miller, Ed.D