March Message from Superintendent

March 29, 2018

Message from Superintendent
Greetings to Pine-Richland Students, Parents and Community,
There are so many moments when I am proud to be part of Pine-Richland. In this month's update, I want to highlight several examples of "arts in action:" 
  • Oklahoma! - The high school musical performance was outstanding. Over 60 students were involved on stage, in the pit, and in the overall production. Some on-stage roles involved singing and dancing. Other on-stage roles led to a seamless transition of props and sets. Beginning with the senior citizen show, the musical engages the entire community - students, parents, graduates, and businesses - in the talent and expression of our students.
  • Once Upon A Mattress - The middle school musical involved over 60 costumed participants and 100 crewmembers. This show was adapted from the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. Every inch of the middle school auditorium was used from the aisles to the wings to the stage extension. "Engagement" again came to mind immediately.Art Image from EH Art Show
  • Eden Hall Art Show - The 2018 show provided a wide range of student work. Instead of describing that work, please take a few moments to view the virtual tour. Here is one example of student work.
  • Hance Artist Study - First grade art classes have been working on a surreal art project based upon the work of Spanish artist Joan Miro'.  Students used chalk, line, color, abstract and geometric shapes to create artwork in the likeness of Miro's technique.
  • Richland First Grade Play - First grade students are currently practicing for their annual play. For many of the students, it is their first time performing live in front of a large audience. They provide a unique "senior and senior" experience by inviting PRSD seniors who performed in the play when they were students at Richland. A separate performance is also dedicated to the students' older friends and family members. The play helps to foster a passion for the performing arts, while simultaneously creating a life-long memory for our students and their families.
  • Wexford Mural- In conjunction with Read Across America Week,students had the opportunity to create collaborative murals. Each student in kindergarten through third grade painted one square. The squares were combined into large canvases with images from the Seuss book covers. The final products now adorn the Wexford Elementary School Library.
From a district perspective, we have already started the fourth nine weeks. The in-depth program review process is almost complete for the Math Department and Business & Computer Science Department. This collaborative approach has provided the opportunity to "step back" to "look forward." The representative committee has completed the following: identified and interviewed exemplary school districts and/or schools; identified and interviewed colleges, universities, businesses, and community representatives to gain insight; conducted research; and an internal analysis of data and information. The teams are now finalizing a set of recommendations for program improvement. In addition, a subset of the math program review will result in a recommendation for new K - 5 resources. These resources are slated for use beginning with the start of the 2018 - 2019 school year.

Thank you again for your commitment to and support of the Pine-Richland School District.

Brian Miller