Superintendent's Message - November 5, 2018

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Greetings Meridian Students, Families and Community!
 

In May of 2017, the Meridian School District initiated a process to develop a new long-term strategic plan. It was designed to help guide the district over the next several years as we look to make continuous improvements. One of the steps in that process was to ask different segments of the community to prioritize the available measures of student performance (such as test scores, graduation rates, etc.) that would inform the development of the plan and could be included as performance measures in a new long-term strategic plan. Survey data was collected and community meetings were offered to provide additional input last fall. In December, a new strategic plan was completed and approved by the school board. 

The Meridian School District has enjoyed a strong, positive tradition of supporting our schools and programs from its community. As a member of the administrative team from 2010 to 2015, the primary focus was on improving facilities and increasing teacher professional development in an effort to increase student achievement. Athletic participation and superb performance in our programs is another source of immense pride. This community has always held our schools in high esteem. Feedback for our new strategic plan emphasized a high priority on learning and increased effort on our ability to prepare our students at each level of our K-12 system. My vision and commitment are for us to strive for academic excellence as we have with athletic excellence. We have the right people to guide us in this work and realize the goals of this plan. Our teachers are excellent. We have systems in place – or are developing them – with all the stakeholders so the work is done together. We will do so with four strategic goal areas:

1. Student Achievement

2. Closing Achievement & Opportunity Gaps

3. Quality Staff & Professional Development

4. Community Relations

The 2018-2023 Meridian School District Strategic Plan is linked at the bottom of this message. It is my intent to connect our activities to the goal areas and align my entry plan findings with these goals. Within the district, there has been a strong emphasis on providing our teachers opportunities to work together to ensure their standards are aligned and instruction is focused on what is necessary to move our students forward. Pursuing work as Professional Learning Communities is an important element of this effort. Critical to that work is a schedule allowing staff to meet an hour a week to calibrate and align what each teacher is doing with respect to content standards and developing a guaranteed and viable curriculum. I commend our teachers and administrators for their continued work together and look forward to sharing more about our strategic plan goals.
 

Reminders!

This is conferences week. Your schools have been sharing specific details about how conferences are going to be conducted before this week. It’s one of the ways we are emphasizing parent/school partnerships. Also, keep in mind, you don’t need conference week to connect with your students’ teachers. We welcome your input and feedback. Finally, in honor of Veteran’s Day, we will not have school on Monday, November 12.

Thank You, Parents!

Meridian School District consistently enjoys outstanding support from our parents. Whether it be from our MHS Booster Club auction, IRE’s PTSA’s Trojan Trot and Snuggle Up & Read, or MHS’s FFA Booster’s Scream Fair. On behalf of our staff and students, thank you for your persistent support. We know our students benefit greatly from the energy and support provided by our parents. For instance, it appears we had approximately 3,000 people experience Scream Fair this year. It is the FFA Booster Club’s largest fundraiser each year. Our students help perform in the experience and the money raised helps support our FFA chapter. The Trojan Trot is the culminating activity for IRE’s spirit week where 100% of our students get involved in the fun. The funds generated from the Trojan Trot helps fund all types of activities to give all our IRE students enhanced opportunities throughout the school year. I was fortunate to participate as a reader for this year’s Snuggle Up & Read evening – and it was great fun! Thank you, Parents!

Athletics Update

Update from a very busy weekend of sports, from our Athletic Director Bryant Michaelson:

Cross Country: The boys team finished 4th overall, and the girls team finished 10th! The boys team was lead by Nathan Schneider who placed 2nd, Abbas Theophilus who placed 9th, and Jaskaran Dhatt who placed 11th. The girls were lead by Kayla Aalpoel who placed 6th. Congrats on a great season MHS Cross Country!

Girls Soccer: The girls soccer took District 2 #2 Seattle Academy all the way to PKs but were unable to come away with the win. Congrats to the MHS Girls Soccer team for a great season!

Football: The MHS football team handled the South Whidbey Falcons on Friday night 59-8 to advance to the State Playoffs. The Trojans will play against the Elma Eagles on Saturday, November 10th at Civic Stadium in Bellingham. Kick-off is set for 7:00 pm.

WSSDA & School Board Meeting

On November 14-17 School Board members and the Superintendent will attend the annual Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) conference in Spokane. This annual conference provides school board members with an opportunity to communicate with board members from the other 294 districts around the state as well as an opportunity to receive an update regarding various legislative actions affecting public schools.

The next regularly scheduled school board meeting is at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Board meetings are held in the Professional Development/Board Room at MHS. All staff members are invited and welcome to attend School Board meetings. Meeting agendas and minutes can be accessed via a link from the District website or at http://www.boarddocs.com/wa/msdwa/Board.nsf/Public  

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