Welcome to 2017! I hope everyone is excited about the opportunities and the future of the Plain Local School District. As we begin a new year, I would like to express my gratitude and sincere appreciation for this community.
Included in the January Plain Paper is an update to our strategic plan that was developed last year with community feedback. My goal is to inform the community of our progress and provide a brief update of each area in the strategic plan. As you will see, the district has made great progress across all areas. I realize that the plan will continue to develop, but I am proud of what has been accomplished in the first half of the school year. All of this information is available for your review on our website. I hope you will review the plan and our progress to this point. The district will continue to move forward with a focus on academics, arts, athletics and partnerships.
In closing, all of our students will be taking various state mandated assessments over the next few months. This can be a stressful time for students of all ages. I believe any measure of success is more than multiple tests over a one or two week period of time. The Plain Local School District will continue to focus on the whole child to ensure we are preparing young adults to be successful in a global world. Skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, innovating, performing and working collaboratively are essential skills not measured on a test. In addition, I believe our students need to learn empathy, patience and kindness for a world that continues to change.
We will begin 2017 with the same focus and energy that we had last year. The entire staff in Plain Local is committed to all 6,000 students and the greater community that we serve. 2017 is going to be great!