In the previous school year, we have seen numerous accomplishments by our students in the classroom, on the athletic fields and in extra-curricular activities. The accomplishments are too numerous to name and I can go on and on; however, some of them include four National Merit winners, the majority of our athletic teams receiving scholar athlete designation by the state, a yearbook program at the high school which achieved a Gold Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, back-to-back Boys’ Cross Country State Championships and many “winners” from day-to-day that reflect a highly student-centered approach in attempting to help our students reach their full potential.
With that being said, there is still work to be done. In an effort to address safety and the mental health needs of students, we included in the 2018-19 Budget, approved by voters on Tuesday, May 15th, School Resource Officers in our elementary schools and elementary School Counselors at the K-5 level. Our School Resource Officers have proven to be invaluable additions to our high school and middle school faculty. We feel that the officers at the elementary level are necessary considering the ever-changing times we live in. The school counselors will be focused on Character Education development, including direct instruction on anti-bullying strategies, resilience and citizenship. Many of you will recall that we had elementary counselors prior to the 2011-2012 school year. This is a simple reinstatement of those positions.
As always, if you have any questions, comments or feedback on how we're doing and what we can do better, contact me anytime.
Mike Ginalski, Superintendent of Schools
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