December Message to Community

December 21, 2015

Greetings to Pine-Richland Students, Parents and Community,

As we approach the end of the calendar year, we have the opportunity to reflect on the past year and look forward to the future at PRSD. I am proud to be part of the Pine-Richland School District and for the opportunity to work in a school community that values learning. We are fortunate to have the combination of students, families, and staff members that recognize the special privilege to be part of a high-performing school system.

The Spotlight on Learning section of our website is a great place to “look back” at recent learning activities and events. For example, the middle school hosted a STEAM Day in November that included a wide range of speakers. This opportunity to expose students to careers and help them see the practical application of learning in a real-life setting is so very important to our schools. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to review some of these stories. Most recently, the Pine-Richland High School Student Government Association helped a local radio station beat its target goal for its annual “Stuff-A-Bus” program. PR students stuffed more than five buses full of toys for the annual fundraiser. These donations were collected from all six PR schools.

As we reflect on the past six months, we were also able to complete the district’s strategic plan for the next four years. This was a collaborative effort that included students, parents, community members, staff members, administrators and the school board. The mission of the district is to focus on learning for every student every day. The strategic plan is organized into five major categories that include a series of long-term goals and short-term actions. We are currently building a portion of the Pine-Richland website to help communicate current and future goals and show the progress in each area. The strategic plan is now a standing item on every school board agenda to ensure that the discussion and focus continues during plan implementation.Venn Diagram

The strategic plan is the bridge to the future at Pine-Richland. We have implemented a series of revisions to the curriculum. Examples include the English Language Arts program in grades K – 6, mathematics pathways throughout the grade levels, and a series of intervention programs designed to help students in need. We have begun a transition to the topics of instruction and assessment. Instruction refers to the methods and strategies used by the teacher to enhance student learning. Assessments are any projects, tests, performance tasks or other assignment designed to provide information about student learning. In conjunction with curriculum, instruction and assessment integrate to form the key elements of the educational program.

Happy Holidays to you and your families! Thank you again for your support and engagement in the Pine-Richland School District.

Brian Miller