Thank you to everyone that came out Friday morning for the State of the District.
Emceed by District Communications Director, Akwi Nji, the theme for this year's event, "the District is a Hope Spot...a community of hope - a safe haven for our students."
Board of Directors President, Nancy Humbles shared some exciting news. "Many of you will recall that two years ago, we unveiled our district’s new vision of Every Learner: Future Ready. Along with that vision came a new mission to ensure all learners experience a rigorous and personalized learning experience so they have a plan, a pathway, and a passion for their future.
Fueled by our vision and mission, and with the spirit of equity and access as the driving force, we are making measurable progress. For instance:
- Elementary reading scores have increased across the district for the second year in a row.
- The state report card released last spring indicated 19 of our schools are at least one level higher now than the previous school year.
- And we are enhancing strategic partnerships with community service providers to embed services that support the mental health of all students across the district.
Superintendent Bush discussed that this very event is focused on updates about the work underway at the district, building and classroom level for every student in our great district. "Three years ago, we articulated six beliefs in which all of our work is anchored: Culture/Climate, Student Learning, Equity, Leadership, Student Ownership, and Innovation...it’s important to note that this year we clearly detailed our Purpose, Measures, and Strategies for each area of focus. We’ve also established System Indicators and look forward to reporting back to you, in the coming years, the progress made in three key areas:
- By June 2022, we will reduce gaps in reading and math across all student demographic groups by 20%.
- By June 2022, at least 80% of students will demonstrate annual growth on the new state assessment (called ISASP) and at least 80% of students will score proficient or advanced on ISASP.
- By June 2022, we will increase our graduation rate by 10% (currently at 86%).
Coolidge Elementary Principal, Gregory O'Connell shared updates on the process of construction on the Coolidge site.
The event closed with a performance of, "Hope Spot." The song was composed by Coolidge Music Specialist, Amy Hanish and performed by 4th and 5th-grade students.
Photos from the event.