August E-Newsletter

August 17, 2016


Greetings to Pine-Richland Students, Parents and Community,

Welcome Back! We look forward to the arrival of our students next week. On the high school campus, we have already seen (and heard) the return of the marching band and beginning of fall sports. Our staff is busy preparing their classrooms and materials for the first day. The start of every school year is an opportunity to build new relationships and establish the classroom procedures that 

support the learning process throughout the year. A new interactive Back-to-School Guide is available for our families. 

The 2016 Annual Report has been mailed to all families. I hope that you will take the opportunity to review the many accomplishments of our students, staff, and overall school community. By looking back at last year, we can celebrate 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.


The Home Access portal has been re-opened for families and includes transportation information. Over the course of the spring semester, representatives of the district and Student Transportation of America (STA) invested time and effort in reviewing all of the routes. Student safety was the top priority of this work. The STA staff then focused on balancing ride lengths and minimizing overlaps in routes. The number of students assigned to a particular bus was the final key factor. 


We have several key areas of focus for the 2016 - 2017 school year. While more detail will be shared in future communications and face-to-face meetings, the priorities include:

  • Focus on instructional strategies, best practices, and a common language with teaching staff
  • Design and pilot of an in-depth program review process
  • Evaluate universal screening assessments that includes an examination of AIMSweb
  • Technology integration (K-12) and device deployment (K-6)
  • Performance-based feedback and evaluation
  • Long-range budget development and a 10-year capital funding plan

As superintendent, I am planning to hold several town hall-style meetings this year. Those meetings will be scheduled during the day and in the evening. After a very brief opening, it will provide an opportunity for a general Q & A about the district. In addition, I will continue to send monthlysuperintendent messages to our community.

Enjoy the last days of summer. We are excited to welcome back our students for the first day of school!


Brian Miller