From the Superintendent's Desk
The school year is in full swing and we are getting into a routine at the Troy Schools. I am certain you and your kids are getting into the school year routines as well. If you have not had an opportunity to meet any of your children’s new teachers at the high school or your child’s grade level teachers at the elementary school, please take time to do so. Stop by after school or email them to make an appointment just to say hi and see how your student is doing. Of course you will have time to do this during the fall parent teacher conferences scheduled for November 3rd from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
I am trying to learn all the student’s names but that is becoming more difficult than I imagined. I am certain that is not age creeping up on me? I will continue to work on this as I firmly believe relationship building in schools is a key to student success. All students need to feel good about, and trust the adults and classmates around them in the buildings. We want to continue to make Troy Schools a place “where students and staff excel; parents and community care”.
The board of education approved a recommendation from the administration to have no school for students on October 3rd. This day is needed for teacher inservice to discuss curriculum topics, planning issues, Kansas Assessments preparation, and continuing discussion on the new Kansas Education Systems Accreditation. KESA is the new five-year process for accrediting Kansas school districts. I have included the link of the KESA Fact Sheet. http://www.ksde.org/Portals/0/TLA/Accreditation/Accreditation%20Model/KSDE%20FACT%20SHEET%20-%20K-12%20ACCREDITATION%20-%20KESA2.pdf
It is not real exciting stuff if you are not in the educational circles, but it will be the direction the Troy Schools follow to become accredited.
KESA – As I mentioned above, we are entering the new accreditation phase in Kansas for Troy Schools. We are in year “0” and will be using this year for planning purposes. The Kansas State Department of Education along with the Kansas State Board of Education, have created a vision for success for Kansas School Districts. Six key state level outcomes will drive that vision.
High School Graduation Rates
Post Secondary Completion/Attendance
Remedial Rate of Students Attending Post-Secondary
Individual Plan of Study Focused on Career Interest
Social/Emotional Growth Measured Locally
Collectively, the Troy School Staff, Board of Education, and community will work hard to improve in some of these areas and implement those others where needed. I will keep you posted on our progress.