Message from the Superintendent

Message from Superintendent
June 12, 2019
Greetings to Pine-Richland Staff, Students, Parents and Community,
Congratulations to all for an outstanding 2018 – 2019 school year! We enjoyed beautiful weather on Friday, June 7th for the Class of 2019 graduation ceremony. For the first time in PRSD history, we have a class with over 400 graduates. We celebrate as a school community and also recognize that each graduate is unique. Each individual student – and their family – is the focus. Each graduate has a different story, a different background, and a different perspective. We value our responsibility to focus on every student. We wish each graduate the very best.
During the strategic planning process this year, the concept of a “PR Graduate Portrait” emerged. It is the idea that a meaningful education includes far more than academic knowledge. We know that our graduates will need a variety of skills to succeed in life. They will make decisions that impact their health and wellness. They have developed personal qualities and characteristics that will serve them in the days to come. In collaboration with our families and community, these bolded dimensions of a PR Graduate reflect our responsibility to provide opportunities and expectations that nurture growth in all areas. More information about this topic will be shared as we kick-off the 2019 – 2020 school year.
Safety and security was one of the key initiatives in the district this year. A few end-of-year updates include:
  • The PRSD Emergency Operations Plan was revised and approved in accordance with regulation. In addition, the required memorandum of understanding between PRSD and the Northern Regional Police Department was updated. We appreciate the support of NRPD in our community.
  • Buildings continue to hold a series of age-appropriate training drills to practice responses to a range of potential concerns. These drills have been in place for a number of years. We continue to evaluate and refine our plans.
  • Students at all levels participated in learning activities with teachers, principals, and/or guidance counselors related to a few big ideas. Those ideas include: (1) positive school culture with diverse opportunities and mutual respect; (2) routine habits, behaviors and training can help enhance safety; (3) risk factors and warning signs can be observed; and (4) sharing concerns with adults at home and school can save lives.
  • There were numerous physical and technological improvements to our schools and campuses. Thank you to parents and community members for use of the Raptor visitor badging system and the signage posted that removed visitor access from all facilities during school hours.
In early August, our staff, families and community members will receive the 2019 Annual Report. This publication is the only major time that we produce a paper communication. Please invest time in reviewing the stories and results from the 2018 – 2019 school year. We are so proud of our staff and students. We are so fortunate to have a wide range of activities within our schools. This publication will also introduce the primary areas of focus for 2019 – 2020 as we kick-off the start of our recently completed strategic plan.
Thank you again for your support and commitment to the Pine-Richland School District. I hope you enjoy the opportunity to relax and recharge over the summer break.
Brian Miller