Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year and the excitement that encompasses the beginning of a new year! Remember your childhood days preparing for the school year to start? Perhaps you were enthused about the purchase new shoes, a first day outfit, crisply sharpened pencils, or a backpack? I believe you will find examples of that same level of excitement all throughout our District as everyone eagerly readies to welcome staff and students in September.
To bring you up to date on a few happenings:
· Come find us on Twitter! You can follow the school district @HaverfordSD, the HS Athletics department @HprideAthletics and continue to follow the transportation department @SDHTbus. You will find good news, updates and information about our district.
· We said goodbye to a few administrative colleagues this summer and wish them all the best as they pursue new endeavors. Please welcome the following members who are assuming new responsibilities or are joining our team this year:
o Mr. Fred Brown has begun his work as our Director of Data and Assessment.
o Dr. Jeff Nesbitt joins our Oakmont staff as our K-12 STEM Coordinator.
o Ms. Sandy Connelly, Humanities Coordinator comes to us from Colonial School District.
o Ms. Nicole Battestelli, an already familiar face, has been appointed our Pupil Services Coordinator.
o Mr. Peter Donaghy, High School Principal, comes to us from the Penn Delco School District, Sun Valley High School.
o Dr. George Ramoundos, Principal Manoa Elementary, is coming to us from the Upper Darby School District.
o Mr. Rob Anderson has undertaken his work as our District Technology Coordinator.
o Mr. JR Guglielmi, Director of Facilities, comes to us from the Marple Newtown School District.
o Ms. Anna Deacon has joined our staff on a full time basis serving as our Communications Coordinator.
· Our trades, custodial and grounds staff members have been hard at work repairing, upgrading, painting, planting, mulching, etc. all across the District. You can easily spot the results of their tireless efforts.
Having concluded my first year as Superintendent I spent time reflecting upon all that I witnessed throughout the year. I observed many occurrences of great teaching, an incredible number of phenomenal students and a culture that embraces the whole child.
Believing in continuous improvement and growth, I ask myself: How does a great district become even better? How do we ensure we are a great district for ALL students?
Throughout the summer months the district administrative team examined the work of Patrick Lencioni who stresses the value of organizational health and the importance of knowing why an organization exists, what that organization does and how matters of importance are determined and communicated. At the same time we engaged in readings and discussions of Mike Schmoker’s work to guide us in determining how best to focus our efforts and to maintain that focus.
Based upon my reflections, reading and conversations, I believe it is worthwhile to dedicate time, effort and energy to the examination of instruction and those elements which make lessons effective. In doing so we will enhance our culture of continuous improvement looking to support one another as the life long learners we are; continuously perfecting the art of teaching. We will discuss further when we meet later this month.
Jennifer Saksa, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, along with the principals, coordinators, and the Professional Development and Curriculum Committees, will investigate Schmoker’s work this year. They will guide the creation of our professional development plan and a curricular focus on the elements of effective lessons.
Before closing I want to congratulate everyone on the recent Newsweek recognition our High School received as a Top Public School in the country and ranking 30th in PA. This exemplifies the quality of education and Pride exhibited throughout Haverford. It is recognition representative of district-wide, K-12 accomplishments of our students.
Maureen Reusche, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools