November Message from Superintendent

November 30, 2016

Greetings to Pine-Richland Students, Parents and Community,

I hope that all of our families enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. We have much to be thankful for at Pine-Richland. The best school systems exist in a community that values the importance of education. When students, parents, and staff work together, it is possible to achieve incredible results. December always seems to be “jam-packed” with school, concerts, service projects, and other family activities. Thank you in advance for your support of those varied endeavors.

In early November, we held two in-service days focused on parent-teacher conferences. This remains a significant investment of time within our school calendar. We recently asked principals to gather information about the type and number of conferences held at each school. In total, we held 2,125 face-to-face and 286 phone conferences. These days reinforce the importance of developing relationships with students and families. They also serve as an opportunity to strengthen trust and two-way communication. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or counselor at any time that you would like to discuss progress. Conference days are just one formal opportunity to ensure communication.

The 2016 Academic Achievement and Growth Report was presented to the board and community last week. This is the fourth year of the report. It provides an overview of the following standardized assessments: PSSA; Keystone; SAT; ACT; and Advanced Placement. It also included information from the School Performance Profile (SPP) and Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS). In general, this was a good news report that illustrates gains in both achievement and growth. The results also indicate several areas of focus for continuous improvement.

In addition to the mission and vision at Pine-Richland, the PRIDE acronym is used to outline core values. The “P” stands for Personal Growth. The standardized assessment results are one form of measuring growth. There are many others. We see growth and achievement in the regular academic setting through traditional assessments (e.g., homework, projects, quizzes, tests, and essays). We also see growth and achievement in athletics, arts, and the various activities in the district. As adults, we can also see students increase their level of independence and responsibility each year. We believe this holistic view – more than just high stakes tests – is critically important to students.

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

Enjoy December!

Brian Miller