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Greetings Students, Parents, Teachers, Staff and Community Members,
We are delighted to return to campus this school year. The COVID19 pandemic has taken a toll on us, but it has not beaten us. During the pandemic we distributed a Chromebook and MyFi device to every student that asked for one. All courses were converted to digital platform, all students received a new Gmail account to access Google Classroom. Teachers were provided and lead countless hours of professional training. Our staff made thousands of phone call and hundreds of door to door visits. We upgraded all our restrooms to limit or eliminate contact with surfaces, and we prepared for this next school year. 2021-22.
We are ready! Every student will be issued a Chromebook. Our network in being upgraded to handle the new load in classrooms. We will launch the At-Promise House for students in need us extra support, the Central Union Virtual Academy for independent study, and a new after school and Saturday program with ARC. All clubs, athletics and extra curricular events are moving forward. We anticipate more opportunities or events and field trips.
The pandemic rocked many back on their heals, but we are leaning forward, up on our toes. We are excited and ready to return to campus
As we start the school year, we will focus on Connections before Content (curriculum). This means we want all our staff to build relationships with students, to welcome them, support them and learn about each one. This is necessary to creates connections with school and teachers, then we can get about the work of learning and preparing for the future.
May we all contribute to those experiences that make school great, enriching and life changing. That only happens when we are "Committed to Excellence".
Ward H. Andrus, Ed. D.
My Book List
"Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." Harry S. Truman
I am inspired by others' thinking and love to read their work. Here is what I am currently reading:
I recently read:
- Turn the Ship Around, by L. David Marquet
- Above Average by Todd Rose
- Measure What Matters by John Doer
- Together is Better by Simon Sniek
- Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
- Good to Great, for Social Sectors by Jim Collins
- Drive by Daniel Pink
- Multipliers (2017) by Liz Wisemann
- Powerful by Patty McCord
- No Fail Meetings by Michael Hyatt
- The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
- Leadership is Language by L. David Marquet
- Shattering Inequities by Robin Avelar La Salle and Ruth S. Johnson
- The Deepest Well, by Nadine Burke Harris
I am currently reading:
- The Governance Core by Davis Campbell and Michael Fullan
- We Belong by Laurie Barron and Patti Kenney
Scholarly Articles of Interest
Meandering Toward Graduation: How schools only some prepare students for College and Career.
The Opportunity Myth: How schools don't always provide grade level standards and instruction.
The Power of Transportable Skills: The "Soft Skills" that employers want in workers, and what we aspire to teach in schools.
From a Nation at Risk to A Nation at Hope: How schools that see students as a whole person succeed in preparing our next generation.