From the Desk of Superintendent Pat McKernan
At this week’s end, we will have completed our first semester of school. As we turn the corner and the grade book pages into next semester, it is important to keep fostering those ideals that help your child be successful in school. The biggest help parents can give the school, teachers, and their child, is to make sure they get their child to school every day. Getting to school on time and putting in a good day, is the first step towards achieving at a high level. We do pay attention to attendance and we only have your kids 166 days of the year. We certainly want to see them all if not a very high percentage of those days.
We are in the process of discussing the school calendar for next year. I have drafted a copy that is exactly like this year’s school calendar and have shared this with the staff, board of education, and building site councils for input. We will work for consensus and have it approved by the March board of education meeting.
As we approach second semester, the administration and staff will also have their eye and some of their attention focusing on next year. We will discuss many items that all focus on what is best for kids and the school district. Some of those items consist of curriculum enhancements for students especially at the high school level, purchases, such as technology that can have a positive impact on student learning, staff assignments, facility improvements in all buildings, and capital outlay purchases and projects. Most if not all of these discussions will take place this semester and plans will be put into action to continue to improve the education of all Troy students.
A reminder to pay attention to the weather in the case we might have to cancel school events or school all together. Please make the necessary arrangements for your children in the event we have a late start, cancel during the day, or cancel for the entire day. We will always try and communicate as soon as possible if a closing is to happen.
I look forward to a productive busy couple of months. There is a lot going in the lives of our students this time of year, and school can be a big part of that. Please encourage your children to take care of themselves, get plenty of rest, and come to school prepared every day. The more they are involved in school, the more they will enjoy school. As always I look forward to seeing you all at the various school events.
Patrick E. McKernan