District Staff Primed for Another Stellar Year

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Staff members throughout the district participated in an inspiring and informative two-day Superintendent’s Conference prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

The district’s overarching theme for this year is for each staff member to “Be An Olympian,” and to go above and beyond — just as Olympians strive to move faster, higher and stronger — in their commitment to maximize each student’s potential. On the opening day of the conference in the high school’s Performing Arts Center, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham began his motivational speech highlighting the accomplishments of the prior year. Among these were the significant increase to reading levels of elementary students, improvements in Grades 3 – 8 testing scores, maintaining the highest level of graduation, the increased number of students enrolled in college credit programs, the record number of academic teams competing at the national level and many other recognitions. Dr. Kuncham thanked the staff for their amazing hard work and turned his focus to the coming school year.

“We have the clarity, we know the paths, we have the blueprint. We are moving in the right direction, taking our district to new heights by continuing to create world-class opportunities for our students.” Dr. Kuncham said. “We are here to change lives, we are here to change minds, and we are here to shout encouragement. I know I am speaking to the choir, but let me remind everyone that every child is a treasure. We are here to unlock their genius, greatness and full potential. Today, let’s refocus, rekindle and refresh. Let’s keep moving faster, higher and stronger like the Olympians. Please don’t convince yourself that you can’t give more, and there is tomorrow. There is only now. Olympians do not see obstacles and impediments – they see desired results. They are all in, all the time. They have great faith and belief in themselves. I believe in our students and I believe in each and every one of you. Be an Olympian – create hope, encourage effort and strive for excellence – faster, higher, and stronger!”

Board President Michael Pomerico lauded the district’s accomplishments, and commended the staff members for all that they do, encouraging them to continue inspiring their students to reach for the stars.

“[We] recognize your hard work, commitment to excellence, tireless efforts, patience and dedication to our children throughout the year,”  Mr. Pomerico said.

On day two, staff members divided into smaller groups and participated in several professional development workshops — many of which were hosted by consultants specializing in a wide range of subject areas.

Superintendent’s Conference Day served not only as a motivational precursor to the start of the school year for districtt staff, but also as a way for them to continue honing their crafts and ultimately striving to become district Olympians.