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Kyrene’s vision: Help students be all they can be

July 20th, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
Kyrene’s vision: Help students be all they can be
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BY DR. JAN VESELY

Kyrene Superintendent

The beginning of a new school year, like the dawning of a new day, reminds us that the future in Kyrene School District holds infinite possibilities.

This time of year is an especially rewarding one because it brings us together to share stories of time spent with family and friends over summer adventures and to launch a new year, filled with hope, vision, and excitement.

This year will continue to be shaped by our reform efforts as outlined in our Strategic Plan 2022, which defines priority work in the following goal areas:

• High-performing students

• High-quality talent

• Inclusive culture

• Responsive organization

• Collective governance

There is never a shortcut to strategic planning and implementation when working to scale up innovative educational practices. It takes years of sustained commitment.

In the Kyrene School District, we are continuing our journey into this continuously evolving, deep-rooted work that requires a crystal-clear focus on our vision: ensuring all students achieve at their maximum potential to become problem solvers, creators and visionaries of tomorrow.

Rather than chase trends, we will maintain an unrelenting commitment to improving our core focus on the delivery of effective and rigorous instruction to maximize student learning and achievement.

Our most important stakeholders will always be our students, and years of research have proved that nothing schools can do for their students matters more than giving them effective teachers.

A strong teacher can make an impact that lasts a lifetime, putting even the most disadvantaged students on the path to college and career success.

This year, we will continue to reach out to community partners for engagement and guidance and make sure that we deploy resources where they have the greatest impact on achieving our desired results. Our work is about large-scale implementation within an existing system of schools.

We are clear about the learning expectations for students and want to make sure that every student reaches those standards. We rely on our teachers and administrators to create rich learning experiences using the very same skills we are developing in our students: creativity and innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, systems thinking, and flexibility, among others.

Our pillars for student success focus on academic excellence, responsive instruction and student agency.

Our accomplishments have been monumental and we will continue to build upon work from last year in areas of pre-K offerings; pre-K-8 design that focuses on traditional, dual language, International Baccalaureate, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and addressing student needs through dyslexia support and site-based interventionists.

This year, we also will focus on expanding efforts to address social-emotional learning and school safety initiatives.

The Kyrene community can count on regular updates through our official communication channels of public meetings, email, social media and Kyrene.org.

We welcome participation in our schools and hope you stay connected throughout the year by participating in activities when possible and ensuring children’s readiness for school each day. Family participation in school experiences are welcome opportunities for us to work together in the support of our children. It is under that shared care that our children thrive.

Your first opportunity to participate is coming up soon. Mark your calendars and join us for Meet the Teacher nights, July 30 (elementary) and July 31 (middle). All children start school on Thursday, Aug. 2.

As we move forward with our continuous improvement efforts, I invite you to think about something written long ago but that still resonates today.

Emerson said, “Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

I am confident that we will blaze a trail filled with success and accomplishment as, together, we launch the best year yet for our Kyrene Schools.

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