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Superintendent’s Blog – District Facilities

May 10, 2019

As promised, I am providing additional feedback from our recent Superintendent Steering Committees. This time, the focus was Facilities; the recommendations were divided into those with top priority (Tier I), projects to be considered after Tier I is complete (Tier II), and issues involving Athletic facilities. The recommendations were: Tier I Asbestos removal in the Elementary School (floors) and High School (floors and ceilings) Improved traffic flow for drop off and pick up at ES and HS, including repaving of driveways ES functionality issues Adding kindergarten and EC restrooms More secure front entryway Updating existing restrooms Improved cafeteria area HS …

Superintendent’s Blog – District Technology

April 25, 2019

As promised, I am providing more feedback from our recent Superintendent Steering Committees. This time, the focus was Technology, and the recommendations were: Implementing hardware purchasing rotations for students and staff An increased dedication to staff Professional Development in the area of technology implementation A 1:1 learning environment for students in grades 3-12 An organizational focus on supporting staff members as they transition to and engage in a 1:1 environment Parent Engagement: Tech Cafes and other learning opportunities for parents to better utilize their access to Powerschool, Google classroom, Go MAth!, etc. More effective utilization of website and social media to push …

Superintendent’s Blog – Student Opportunities and Supports

April 8, 2019

I have recently hosted a series of committee meetings to obtain input from the learning community, eliciting feedback on areas that we could better serve our students, staff, parents, and community. The first group to meet was Student Opportunities and Supports, looking at ways that we can make our students more successful. After deliberating, it was decided that the following areas could use additional focus: District-wide RtI program, including but not limited to an emphasis on study skills increased consistency for the student experience (procedural, across grade levels, between classes, between buildings, etc.) JH / HS credit recovery program academic …

Superintendent’s Blog – School Resource Officer

March 21, 2019

To start the new 2019-2020 school year, Beecher 200U will once again have a full-time School Resource Officer on campus. It has been nearly a decade since we discontinued the SRO program, and we are very excited to see its return. Even though we greatly appreciate the daily attention that Chief Smith and his staff give our campus, this SRO program will allow us to protect and educate our children on a whole new level. Traditionally, when you think of a School Resource Officer, your first thought is: school safety. And yes, that will certainly be a focus of our …

Superintendent Blog – Elementary School Playground Project

February 26, 2019

For a few years now, the Beecher PTO has been diligently raising funds to update the playground equipment at the ES, raising over $13K. This $49K project will positively impact students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grades, nearly half of the students who attend Beecher 200U. Over the winter, the Beecher Education Foundation added an additional $10K to the project, and the School District committed to funding the remainder of the cost. The new playground should be ready for the start of school in August. I cannot express how impressed I am with not only the effort and forethought of …

Supt. Blog – School Calendars

February 13, 2019

School Calendar: February 12, 2019 This Year (2018-2019) – With the poor weather that we have had and subsequent school days lost, our current school calendar has changed significantly. We will now be in session on the following days: Monday, April 22, 2019 Friday, May 3, 2019 Friday, May 24, 2019 Thursday, June 6, 2019 Friday, June 7, 2019 Since we only have to make up the first five (5) days missed, any additional school closings will not result in additional calendar changes. Therefore, June 7th will be the last day of student attendance and an 11a dismissal. Next Year …

Board Goals

January 24, 2019

Board Goals                                                                                                          January 23, 2019 The Beecher 200U Board of Education has finalized their work creating Board Goals for the District. I am very proud of the work that they did, providing direction to our organization. You can view the Goals in their entirety (HERE), but they can be broken down into the broad areas of:             * Academic Opportunities and Supports             * Technology             * Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Organizational Culture             * Facilities             * Finance             * Community Engagement I will be creating strategic planning committees on each of these areas in …

December Tax Levy

December 14, 2018

December Tax Levy   At the December meeting, the Board of Education approved the latest local property tax levy. This impacts the property taxes that we will be paying in the upcoming year, 2019. As you know, the local public school district is the largest item on your tax bill, so what happens at levy time impacts each of our household budgets. Last year, Beecher 200U had a tax rate of $6.86; it is anticipated that next year’s rate will be slightly lower at $6.82. Should this come to pass, it would mark a second consecutive year that our school …

Superintendent’s Blog – 5 Essentials Survey

November 16, 2018

5-Essentials Survey   Beginning today, you will be able to complete the State’s 5Essentials survey. This process, conducted through the University of Chicago, focuses on: Effective Leaders Collaborative Teachers Involved Families Supportive Environments Ambitious Instruction Twenty years of research at the University of Chicago in more than 400 schools have shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these 5Essentials were 10 times more likely to make substantial gains in improving student reading and math than schools that were weak on three or more of the Essentials. Survey data is collected from students, parents, and staff members …

Board Goals and Strategic Planning

October 30, 2018

Our Board of Education is currently working on creating goals for our District. This high-level work will designate the general areas in which the school organization will be focusing its time and energy in the upcoming months and years. Once these broad categories are determined, we will engage in creating a thorough strategic plan on each goal. The strategic planning process will include voices from all areas of our community: parents, staff, and students. I am optimistic that these Board goals will be finalized this fall with the subsequent strategic plans to be created over the winter. I am very …