Superintendents Update January 2014
1. Staff and Curriculum: Per my previous email and promise; I have conducted two parent forums and have also presented to Rotary on the Vision/Mission and scheduling proposals. Rotary members were very supportive and the one parent meeting of community was also supportive. Our teachers support the emphasis on PLCs and a majority supports a schedule change but there is concern by a few in the details.
The Vision and Mission is still the same proposal I offered last month (See website update). Since we should also have district goals I extracted five goals from our Vision, Mission and the Board/Superintendent Goals document that the board approved in the August Retreat. I do not believe there is necessity to approve District Values since we are subscribing to the professional norms found in the PLC model.
Our Focus at the next three PLC days this semester will be to improve PLC meeting implementation in which we will insure that our staff focus on the big four questions: 1: What are going to Teach (NMCCSS), 2) How will we know when students are proficient (review assessment data), 3) What will we do when the students arent proficient Response to Intervention [RtI]), and 4) What will we do when they are (Enrichment and Gifted). It will be important to establish and train teacher leaders to facilitate effective PLC meetings and for the administration to attend, support and resource the PLCs. We will allot time this semester to reinforce the process necessary to unpack the NMCCSS and will also focus on how to use our new PD360 web-based professional development (paid for by HPREC). This program is accessible to all teachers on school or personal devices and provides video assisted training (over 3000 videos) from high performing schools and researchers in action&&.most of it in classrooms. This program will greatly enhance the quality of our teachers instruction and will be used extensively by our principals when they design Teacher Improvement Plans in concert with the NM TEACH evaluation.
I am researching ways to access the state money established for Early Childhood.
2. Capitol and Maintenance:
*We received and approved a final bid of a little over 28K for the color computerized Marquis on top of the hill at Central/RHS.
*We also approved bids for the purchase of two new Ford Expeditions (4WD/Extended Body) from our local dealer at about 32K. They will be delivered in March.
*I am in the process of putting together scope of work for the landscaping of the Central/RHS area and Locker renovation at the football stadium.
*I met with architects/PFCA/GK Baum (bonding) on the application process for that will start in March for the approval of the consolidated ES Campus.
3. Students: I am concerned at the number of students we have already suspended for drug use. I personally met with all RHS students last week and made sure they knew that the Community, Board and I are serious about maintaining a tobacco, drug and alcohol free campus. The district allows a 3-10 day suspension for first time offenders. We have been doing 5 days this year. I am telling principals and students it will be 10 days minimum next year and second time offenses will get an Expulsion Hearing. I will also be asking the board to consider mandatory and regular drug testing for all students in extracurricular activities next School Year (SY).
I enjoy attending our athletic activities whenever possible. Girls placed third at Sandia. I plan to meet with our RHS principal and discuss an overall approach to improve coaching.
AGAVE will manage the Recreation League level health and sports activities again. I met with them and went over their protocol which included the requirements for background checks on all volunteers. Thank You AGAVE.
I am meeting with grades 3 and 8 (perhaps 9th) to promote the Young Marine program for the start of the next Basic Training on January 25th. I believe that targeting the younger students will pay huge dividends in our secondary schools in future years.