"[T]hat old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air ... Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning as if last year's mistakes had been wiped clean by summer."
― Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose
Fall really is one of my favorite times of the year. As a student, fall brought with it the promise of a new school year and a fresh start. It meant new classes with teachers who would give me the opportunity to prove myself in their classroom and not judge me on what I had done in the past. As a teacher, the start of a new school year would bring new students and the energy that can only come from a spirit renewed. Summer had truly wiped concerns and fears away, leaving students with a feeling of optimism and excitement.
Fall still holds the promise of a new beginning, but it feels and looks a little different for me. Now, the new beginning might be a new policy, a new program, or improved facilities. The excitement comes from knowing we are improving education and knowing that we are giving our students greater opportunities to succeed. I am particularly excited about this school year because we have so many great things planned.
The first area where we are improving our district is in communications. Hopefully, you have already noticed an improvement with how the school gets information out to the community. We started mid-year with the weekly update, but the real changes occurred when Jessica Kitchen started as our new Central Office Secretary. She holds a degree in communications and has taken on the responsibility of updating our website and Facebook page. We hope to improve our communications with a redesign of our website and by working with all staff to help them effectively get information out to the community.
The next exciting area targeted for improvement is technology. We have hired a new District Technology Coordinator, Kevin Graham. Mr. Graham will be joined by John Hermes, our new District Network Administrator. These two gentlemen have been challenged with making our school a leader in technology. We need to be strategic with how we roll out new technology. We must make sure that our teachers are proficient in their technology knowledge and skill. We need to make sure that the technology will be utilized. We are not going to purchase technology aimlessly and hope it improves education. We want to develop a technology plan which not only improves the way we teach but truly improves how our students learn.
The last area I would like to highlight is our efforts to improve the outdoor areas of our campus. The improvements to our campus are greatly needed and the funds we are using to complete these projects are the monies which taxpayers have specifically designated for this purpose. We will use funds left over from the construction project and funds from Permanent Improvement levy to pay for these projects. In the next few years, we plan to connect the two buildings with a walkway. We will also landscape around our buildings, including the planting of more trees. We need to upgrade the quality of our practice fields as they were installed at a construction grade quality. And our biggest project will be the start of a capital campaign to build an Athletic complex which will house locker rooms and restrooms for our outdoor sports.
As you can see, we have some very exciting plans for this coming school year. These projects will improve how we keep stakeholders engaged in our schools, improve how we learn in the classroom, and improve how we perform on the field of competition. I hope you will share in our enthusiasm for what could be one of our best years ever. Don't hide your Warrior Pride. Come and joins us for a concert, a performance, or a competition. Allow us to share with you our spirit renewed and the promise of new school year.
Northwestern Local Schools