Back to school sales, shorter days, cooler nights….all signs of the season. We have been very busy during the summer months preparing for the return of students. Teachers and administrators have been participating in some very exciting new learning to share with students while custodians and maintenance employees work to make our schools clean, bright, and ready.
This “Back to School” issue of Community Connections contains end of the year highlights from this past school year along with valuable information regarding the upcoming school year. I hope you share in my pride and excitement as you read about the accomplishments of our students and staff highlighted in this edition. I also hope you find the information about the new school year helpful. As always, do not hesitate to call any of the school offices, or my office, if you have questions.
I thank the citizens of RSU #34 for your continued support. At the school budget validation referendum in June this year, you voted in support of the adopted budget. The adopted budget represented our effort to offer the very best possible educational opportunities for our children and to deliver those opportunities in the most cost-efficient manner. Your support of our school budget referendum at the polls this past June reflects your continued dedication to the children and future of our communities and is very much appreciated.
Education is the key to economic growth and prosperity and to our ability to compete in the global economy. It is the path to good jobs and higher earning power. We strive to provide all students with engaging and empowering learning experiences. We want to develop inquisitive, creative, resourceful thinkers; informed citizens; effective problem-solvers; ground-breaking pioneers; and visionary leaders. To accomplish this, we need your support as we transition from schools as information factories to schools that are incubators of exploration and invention. We, as educators, must be more than information experts. We must be collaborators in learning, seeking new knowledge and constantly acquiring new skills alongside our students. Students must be fully engaged in school; physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Your support in making sure your student is at school every day, on time, ready to learn is critical to our success.
To better communicate with parents and the communities, we have undertaken two exciting initiatives. The first is a total revamp of our website and the addition of an RSU #34 app for your phone or mobile device. We are in the final phase of this project and will be releasing the new site and app soon. We also have initiated Coyote Broadcasting on cable channel 5. The information posted to our website and app will be Livestreamed on channel 5. We also have plans to broadcast other school events. Again, stay tuned for more information on these exciting changes.
We look forward with anticipation to the 2018-2019 school year and, with your assistance, providing the best possible educational opportunities to our students.
David A. Walker