Graduates and a Departure (June 2016)
Related Arts (May 2016)
Coach Millins (May 2016)
Dear School District Families,
On behalf of the faculty and staff of the school district, I would like to welcome you back to school. We are excited about the year ahead. Administrative assistants, custodians, administrators, and teachers have been working hard this summer preparing for students’ arrival.
This year the district will continue to build upon its commitment to the new three R’s: rigor, relevance, and relationships. In the area of rigor, our goal is to provide students with experiences that develop higher-order thinking, in every class, every day. This will take the form of ramped up essay writing across all subjects and grade levels. It will also occur through initiatives to bolster the caliber of student discourse in class discussions and group work.
Advances in neuroscience continue to validate what many teachers have long understood about the importance of relevance in student learning. We know students learn best when they receive content and skills taught through tasks that build upon students’ prior knowledge and when they demonstrate this learning through tasks that have value beyond providing test scores. To that end, we will focus on teaching curricula that emphasize depth more than breadth, with units of instruction centered on authentic performance tasks. We invite you to review and provide feedback on our middle and high school curricula, which are now publicly accessible through the district website.
Happy New Year!
Michael Sullivan, Ed.D.
Calm Down Room Report
The Disability Law Center has issued a report clearing Hillcrest Elementary of allegations of abuse or neglect. We invite you to read the district’s full response and view the report. Below you will find additional documents referenced in the district's response.