From the Desk of Patrick McKernan
What a great time to be a Troy Trojan! All of us at Troy Schools hope you had a blessed Christmas and Holiday Season and we wish you nothing but good fortune in the year to come. If we can ever do anything to help you, your children, or your family, please let us know.
We managed to make it this far without too many disruptions to the school schedule. I fully expect some snow days are coming but we have had a good run so far. Still thinking very positively, if we don’t have many snow days this year, I am looking at having some teacher in-service days so we can get caught up on some curriculum work in the district. We will just have to see what Mother Nature has in store for us and how these days would fit in the school calendar before those decisions are made.
There has been talk in educational circles, specifically at superintendent meetings and talk coming out of Topeka, regarding adding days back to the school calendar. Back in the middle 2000’s when educational dollars were very tight, some schools like USD 429, went to a reduced calendar but added time to the day. The thought was less days would save money for various reasons, and I am certain it did. Now, since state revenues have been up and the state legislature has taken care of their constitutional obligations, the funding for K-12 education has been much better. I am not proposing we do this, but it is good to stay on top of the discussion. We could use more in-service days spread throughout the school year, which in turn would lengthen the school calendar for kids. Again, this is preliminary discussion I will be having with staff, site councils, and the board of education.
We did have a run of cold and flu in the middle school and high school. It is so important to stress to your kids all those ways to help prevent some illnesses. Do not share water bottles, wash your hands regularly, and the use of hand sanitizer are all important. The teachers and custodial crew have and will continue to wipe down handrails, desks, water fountains and door handles. We will do our best to keep the buildings clean. Kids need plenty of rest and to stay on a routine. Good luck, I know it can be tough when it gets a hold on you or a home.
Attendance is so important for student success in school and life after school. The mantra, “Just Show Up,” rings loud and true in whatever you are doing. I have mentioned attendance many times in my messages to you. I applaud those parents who make it a priority to reinforce an attitude of showing up at the Troy Schools. Attempting to schedule appointments and family trips around the school’s schedule is always appreciated. Sometimes sickness in school can’t be avoided. Being sick of school can’t be a reason to stay home.
I anticipate a busy January. The cold weather months are not my favorite at all. However, we will continue to do our best to make sure your child has a warm and caring place to come to everyday. Let us know if we can help in anyway.
Patrick E. McKernan
Superintendent of Schools/Elementary Principal
Troy USD 429