WATCH VIDEO (7 min.) of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Shaps discussing Goals.
The District has identified three primary multi-year stretch goals. They are as follows:
All students will read capably and voluminously across genres for a variety of meaningful purposes (e.g., for pleasure, to learn about the world).
The commitment towards this goal can already be seen at all school levels -- elementary, middle and high school. For example, at the Hommocks, Assistant Principal Rob Andrews noted, students in the last few weeks alone have logged 2,000 books that they've read. Ward noted, the District is seeing dramatic results in individual case studies, where faculty has been making concerted efforts to put the right books in students' hands and alter the quality of literature in classroom libraries across all schools.
Empower each and every family to support their child's learning--
This goal underscores the District's commitment to work with families as partners in supporting students' education and focuses on gathering data around family engagement, working with families to identify positive homework/parenting strategies and designing family engagement plans specific to a child's school level.
Foster community connectedness: ensure that students, families and district staff engage in meaningful, authentic interactions--
This goal includes designing and implementing a range of learning experiences that promote interaction across all four elementary schools and with municipal partners. Dr. Shaps says the community is the heart of the school district and further building community connectedness is key to the District's long-range plan.