Our school board has been with us every step of the way. They supported our recommendations in terms of providing additional staff, supplies, materials, professional development, support for a strategic focus and emphasis on safety and security and also emphasizing the importance of communicating all the great successes in our schools.
As you know, in our quest to continue our progress we are also in the process of transitioning our schools towards new grade level configurations. We are planning to make this happen in a very seamless fashion through committee work which has already been initiated. We will be ready for the fall of 2019.
We are also developing committees and systems to analyze our instructional program PK-12 to ensure consistency of the instructional program, vertical and horizontal curriculum articulation, improved overall student achievement, and increased accountability of our entire school system.
Based on these efforts which passing the bond and replacement levy made possible, I truly believe we are in a position to continue accelerating forward. We must never forget the commitment and sacrifice of our community. The community stepped up to the plate. Now as a school district must continue to reciprocate to the highest degree ever and I know we can and will.
In the process of working together, we must embrace the human spirit. We must exhibit empathy for one another, supporting each other during our trials and tribulations and rejoicing in each other's triumphs. We must empower and trust people to do their work without fear of failure or reprisal. We must have a strong belief that people will be successful with appropriate and consistent support regardless of the challenges and obstacles faced. We must respect what people say regardless if it differs from what we believe. We must work from one another's strengths and not from our weaknesses.
Based on these practices and beliefs, we can seize this moment in our history and determine our own destiny and not be chained by insecurity, fear, political mandates and worst of all stymied by mediocrity. As some say, it's good enough. Never in our school district.
We must plan to win by exercising our intellect, passion, and courage. Educating our students in the 21st century in Shelton Schools is not for the faint of heart or for those going through the motions. We again must seize the moment and reach for standards and deeds never imagined, for the benefit of current and future generations of our students. We are here at this time for a reason. We need to make it count in all respects.
Granted, I've been in Shelton for only a short period of time but during this period, I've met people who love and respect our community, their school system, their state and their country.
Based on these observations, we as a community and school system have the willpower, pride and human spirit to establish Shelton School District as the new standard of American public education. We have what it takes to develop a system that engages all patrons of the educational community in a meaningful, respectful and dignified manner. We have what it takes to move all students towards outstanding student achievement. We have what it takes to reinforce the belief that we will not make excuses or alibis for students not learning or schools failing. We have what it takes to establish high measurable outcomes PK-12 and to also develop standards for a high school diploma that personifies the highest of standards and achievements. A diploma and education that will provide all students with a multitude of options upon graduation that embraces the skills, knowledge, and confidence to not only achieve their hopes and dreams but will also provide them with the foundation to compete and collaborate on the world stage and win.
Thank you for all your support.
Alex P. Apostle, Ph.D