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Superintendent’s December 2017 Message

 


 

    Take a moment to pause and just listen. What do you hear? Maybe it's your children playing in the background, the wind blowing, papers crinkling or pure quietness. The sound did not matter, but taking that quiet moment allowed you to just listen.

    Being present in the moment allows us to truly listen and appreciate. This time of year can be very busy as we prepare for the holidays, vacation, wrap up lessons in school, get ready for guests and provide for our family. It can be difficult sometimes to take the time that it truly takes to recognize all that you have, your family, your talents, your community - what is important to you. Let’s face it our world does not allow us to just have a free, quiet moment of reflection unless we prioritize the time for it. But when you start to feel disconnected to what is around you, your family, your goals - stop, disconnect and reflect! Before time passes take a moment to remember what your thankful for and what YOU can offer to others.

      We are fortunate to be part of a supportive and generous community. As I finish my first full year as your Superintendent of Jamestown Schools I reflect on the many interactions I have had with all of you, our community and our students. Jamestown is an amazing place with very generous people who want the best for their schools.  

     As we enter the new year, 2018, I am reflecting on our goals from the district strategic plan. Each year we continue to work on our goals to enhance and improve the educational opportunities for our students. Below are some of the focuses this year.

  1. Social Emotional Learning: Students need to explicitly learn the importance of positive social interactions, empathy and emotional regulation. We will be using resources from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). The competencies we will be teaching to the children will help them be life-long successful learners as they grow.

  • Self-awareness

  • Self-management

  • Social-awareness

  • Relationship skills

  • Responsible decision making

  1. Curriculum is always our priority to ensure the teaching and learning are aligned to the standards, best practices and innovative.

    1. Blended Learning: This year we are working with the Highlander Institute as a FUSE district to provide coaching to our teachers on how we can personalize learning for our students through a blended approach of face-to-face teaching, technology, on-line learning, and dynamic group work.  

    2. Instructional Rounds: Together with Narragansett School District we are working collaboratively with teachers and school leaders to learn more about our practice in order to develop a collective understanding of teaching and learning. Our goal is to support systems of instructional improvement to impact student achievement.

    3. Student Voice: We need to provide more opportunities for our students to be part of decisions that impact their learning. They have valuable input that can help us enhance our schools and to continue a student-centered education.

  2. Capital Improvement: We will be investing in our schools to continue to provide our students with a facility that will provide innovation and 21st century learning. RI is invested in providing and maintaining warm, safe and dry school buildings.

  3. Increased involvement from our community: It is important to all of us that we involve our community, parents and grandparents of children in our schools and our residents. Educating our students is a community effort.  

 

    These goals may seem ambitious, but your children and their future are important to all of us!

 

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year! I hope you have a relaxing vacation making memories with your family and friends. 

 

See you all at the First Day Plunge at East Ferry!

 

Dr.Duva


 

Posted by: Janette Warner, District Staff, Jamestown School Department Published:12/21/17
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