WOW! Another summer has come and gone. I hope that each of you found some time to relax, unwind, and be with those that you love. I understand how your batteries need to be recharged. I am grateful to have such wonderful colleagues that accomplish tremendous tasks on a daily basis. As I begin my fourth year with all of you, I cannot help but feel at home. There have been many changes and challenges that have come and gone, but in the end the students remain all of our top priority. That fact alone makes me extremely proud to be a part of this great community.
As most of you already know, we are going to the voters to seek another sinking fund for the years 2020 – 2029. This time the sinking fund has the ability to fund security, technology, and our infrastructure. This sinking fund will NOT cause a raise in taxes for our community. It is a 3mils for 3mils campaign that is designed to maintain the great work that our bond and sinking fund began four years ago.
It is with great pride that I announce the expansion of our 9-12th grade 1:1 Chromebook initiative. When we began the 1:1 three years ago there was some hesitation that we were moving too quickly. This proved to be true for some people, but in the end we all were able to utilize the program to improve our student’s learning. This year our 1:1 initiative will be in grades 2-12. Each of the grades will operate the program in their own unique method, but there will be enough Chromebooks for each child to have one to use every day. If we are preparing our students for their future, then we need to embrace the technologies of today. We are preparing our children for a world that will be drastically different than ours, but through critical thinking, social adeptness, and physical ability we can provide the edge our children deserve.
This year will also further advance our curriculum throughout the district. We have some tremendous items coming online this year to fulfill the need of every student and to aid them in finding their own unique potential. NWEA testing will allow the students and the teachers to measure and celebrate the education they gain throughout the year. KRA is being piloted and trained with our early childhood teachers to gives us a universal tool at the younger ages. The continued development of the My Math, NGSS, and Wonders programs assure that we can and will do everything in our power in educating your children. Finally there is the partnership that we need to continue to grow between home and school. We cannot educate your children with you. Your encouragement, support and trust are the cornerstones that make us such a great district. I cannot begin to thank you enough for everything you do, every hour you volunteer, and every event that you attend in support of our students. I wish you all a successful and rewarding school year.
Matthew T. Cortez