September 10, 2019
Welcome back to another school year!
The students have arrived with enthusiasm, energy, and excitement for the new school year. Meanwhile, the staff has been working hard to prepare for their arrival.
Prior to the start of school, the Winslow leadership team, which is comprised of teachers, directors, and administrators from each building, met for a day-long leadership retreat at Winslow High School. The purpose of this annual event is to give participants the opportunity to review and discuss relevant information and performance data relating to 2018-19 school goals, identify system and school goals for the 2019-20 school year, and draft 2019-20 work plans that will be shared with respective stakeholder groups in August/September. A common topic across all three buildings at the leadership retreat involved improving student achievement by focusing on using assessment data to inform instruction.
At the elementary level, a major topic discussed was the school’s transition to a schoolwide Title I program. This new program model will allow for greater flexibility in the delivery of services to a variety of students compared with the previous targeted assistance model, which limited the number of students served.
The junior high staff continued their conversations surrounding the changes that will occur in the fall of 2020, when the district completes the transition to a two-school campus. As you know, construction is currently taking place at the high school to accommodate the grade 7 and grade 8 students in the fall of 2020. Next summer, renovations will also be made to the elementary school to accommodate the grade six students who will remain in that building. Discussions such as the one that took place during the leadership retreat will continue to be held with administrators and teachers as we plan for a smooth transition to a two-building campus.
The high school continued work on the goals and activities developed during the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation process. We are proud to report that the high school has once again earned accreditation status, and the leadership team discussed how to implement the recommendations that resulted from the accreditation process.
Now that school is in session, the building principals have reported that the opening of schools went exceptionally well. In addition, they commented that the open houses were well-attended by parents, guardians, and caregivers.
Thank you for your continued support in educating Winslow’s students. If you are interested in opportunities to become more involved in your child’s education or to support the educational needs of all of our children, please check with your building principal to learn how you can help.
We are off to a great start! Let’s have a fantastic year!
Peter Thiboutot Superintendent of Schools