"Are our students ready for school?" superintendent Caryn Gibson asked an auditorium filled with nearly 700 school district employees. The real question, she continued, is "Are our schools ready for students?"
Tuesday's kick-off session was an opportunity for the leadership of Delta County Joint School District #50 to ensure every employee is hearing the same message, and to express appreciation for all they do to make a difference in the lives of children. The message is as meaningful for school bus drivers, custodians, teacher's aides and lunchroom ladies as it is for teachers.
The 2013-14 school year brings new goals, new challenges and new opportunities, Gibson said, but the school district's mission remains the same: "Caring, challenging, learning . . . every student, every day."
The school district is comprised of five diverse communities, but is united in its mission. For the benefit of the 43 new teachers/special services professionals, and to rekindle enthusiasm and passion in veteran staff members, she briefly reviewed district goals: for all staff members to model open, honest and trusting relationships while respecting all people and processes in the school district; to exceed state averages on student assessments; to ensure every teacher and student has the appropriate technological resources; to develop a three- to five-year facilities/maintenance plan; and to develop a two- to three-year working budget that focuses on student growth and supports staff.
"You are that which moves us forward," Gibson told staff members. "Thank you for all you do."
After Gibson's pep talk, R. Carlos Nakai, a world renowned performer of the Native American flute, gave a short concert and offered words of encouragement. Certified and classified staff members then broke into separate groups for additional training before heading back to their respective schools for in-service training.
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