I am writing to you early this week because I will be headed to Des Moines this afternoon for the fall meeting of School Executives of Iowa (SEI). Tomorrow morning I’ll be at the Grimes building for the November BoEE meeting and will return later on in the afternoon.
A lot has happened since we last visited! For starters, our girls cross country team captured their first ever state championship this past Saturday! Congratulations to Coach Selenke and the team on this outstanding accomplishment! Then of course, our football team remains in the hunt, defeating Pekin 35-0 in the first round of the playoffs. We’ll host round two on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. when a very tough Lynnville-Sully team comes to town. I hope to see you there!
My schedule was very full this week, beginning with prep work on the review of our District Delivered Special Delivery Program (DDSDP) with the AEA. We plan to complete this review in January and have it in front of the board sometime this spring. Tuesday I made my way to Charles City to visit their hot lunch program. I have now completed my preliminary work and research on hot lunch programs and am eager to have this conversation with you in November. Yesterday was the AEA superintendent meeting where a lot of time was spent discussing digital privacy, security, and safety. We also had quite a lengthy conversation on the new Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework for social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health that we are planning to pilot this spring. I am asking our counseling and At-Risk team to plan on attending a training regiment in December in preparation for this work.
In addition to this, I have started individual meetings with all teachers who have been new to the district over the last two years. We have a lot of them! These meetings provide valuable information for both my cabinet and the teacher leadership team as we work to strengthen our mentoring and induction program. It is important that we ensure our new employees have all the support they need in order to be successful here!
The picture I am sharing this week is from the homecoming celebration last Saturday evening of our girls cross country team when they returned from Fort Dodge after winning the state championship! Congratulations to our team on a great season!
Have an awesome weekend!
Dr. Anthony D. Voss, Superintendent