Can you hear the Staples commercial? “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” I trust that your summer was enjoyable, that you made some great memories and that your family is looking forward to returning to school.
I’m happy to report that I did everything that I hoped to do over the summer and more! My plan to spend quality time with family and friends, to travel, to reflect on last year’s learning and to rest up and prepare for the opportunities that we will face in the 2011-2012 school year, rolled out without a hitch.
My summer reading included the book, Mindset – The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck. This compelling book helps parents, coaches, educators and business people understand how the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment. It describes the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Our school administrators, Directors and Trustees have all received a copy of Mindset, as it will be the basis of our first book study this year.
Parkland School Division is a learning organization. In our commitment to providing the very best education possible for our students we are dedicated to ensuring that we have the most progressive and highly prepared staff. So it is not just the students who are learning – it is also the adults. I invite you to learn along side the students and staff at your local school. Whether we are embracing the possibilities of using new technology or implementing more effective assessment and reporting, it is vital that the adults in our school division ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of the steps that we are taking to improve teaching and learning.
I want to personally recognize the many individuals who have worked throughout the summer to guarantee that we are ready for school start up. From the Maintenance and Facilities staff, to Human Resources, Business and Finance, Information Technology, Transportation and our school custodians, it takes a whole contingent of folks to ensure that we are good to go on August 31st. Our core business of teaching and learning requires the expertise of a strong team. Learning Services staff, our school administrators, secretaries and teaching staff have been preparing for the return of students. For students, parents and educators, this time of year should be filled with anticipation and hope! The Trustees and staff of Parkland School Division take the responsibility of educating students very seriously and I am so excited about the upcoming school year. Welcome back everyone! As your Superintendent of Schools, I believe it truly is the “most wonderful time of year”.
Superintendent – Parkland School Division