Mike Borkowski welcomed everyone back to school. He reflected on a few of the major accomplishments from last year. Mike noted that the staff recently rolled out both new math curriculum and language arts curriculum. The staff also implemented writing and reading workshops. He commented that one of the main focuses this year is to give teachers time to refine the new curricula, dive deeper into it, and improve it. Mike stated that this summer, teachers and staff participated in professional development courses, including the Lucy Caulkins Workshops. Highlights for this year include: an additional Special Education teacher at every building, the continued focus on
every single student
, the Grand Opening of the Haskins Center 2.0 or H2O, the new school vestibules and entry procedures, and the early stages of transforming classes in all of our schools (test classrooms). Mike noted that we have made tremendous progress toward achieving our Vision over the past few years, yet there is still much work to be done. A theme the district will focus on this year is “Finding Joy.” Mike stated that he is extremely proud of this Board, the entire District 67 staff, and the continued focus on the Vision.