July Message from Superintendent

July 25, 2016

Greetings to Pine-Richland Students, Staff, Parents and Community,

I hope that you are enjoying the summer with family and friends! If your family is similar to mine, “summer mode” is a very different pace then the school year. Students get to stay up a little later…and sleep in a bit longer. For some students, a “bit longer” may be close to lunch time. Others are busy with jobs, camps, trips, or just playing with friends. Parents may be reaching that point where they are looking for more productivity with getting some housework or yardwork completed…by their kids. Enjoy the remaining days. We know that the next month will pass quickly.

As an educational team, we utilize the summer months to focus on a few different areas. Principals are deeply engaged in scheduling and interviewing. They are reviewing student learning results on standardized tests as those data become available. They are setting building goals for next year. Our custodial and maintenance staff are busy cleaning, painting, fixing, etc. We also reflect on our performance as an organization. This includes an analysis of progress on the strategic plan.

Connected to the mission and vision outlined in the strategic plan, a set of values were identified through a PRIDE acronym:

  • P – Personal Growth
  • R – Resiliency
  • I – Innovation
  • D – Diverse Opportunities
  • E – Engagement


Ms. Hathhorn is finalizing the 2016 Annual Report. You will be so proud to see the many accomplishments of our students, staff, and overall school community. We hope that you take some time to review the annual report and celebrate the personal growth and diverse opportunities. We see examples of academic excellence, athletic achievement, and many awards in the arts. Highlights from each of the buildings are noted. Community service and leadership activities are embedded in the report. These diverse opportunities are so important to the overall educational program and development of students at PR.

Thank you again for your support and engagement in the Pine-Richland School District.

Brian Miller