By DR. DENISE GUY
USD 435 Superintendent
This time of year the students are not in the classrooms, the teachers are not in the buildings, the principals are winding down for a break. It’s summertime.
This week we’ve had a group of 12 teachers in our district office learning about using iPads and other teachers preparing the instruction. Everyday this week a special education instructor has been in our office tutoring a young man. I traveled with a principal and a teacher yesterday to Hutchinson for a math and science conference. Which by the way, our science teacher was recognized as a finalist in the Kansas Outstanding Science teacher competition.
I have had numerous e-mails, phone calls, and visits from teachers with regards to the new curriculum being implemented and new resources, curriculum adjustments, and new brochures created to promote programs.
Teachers participate in the numerous interviews that are held in the summer months to find new staff for the following year. The agriculture teacher dropped by the office to discuss harvesting the district wheat field, our principals worked several days with groups of teachers with regards to students support systems, some of our certified staff spent time reworking their offices and classrooms. Our skilled staff paint and remodel offices and classrooms throughout the district.
Drivers education is coming to a close, the classroom work is complete and teachers are completing the driving portion with students.
Our coaches coach students on skills in the mornings and compete in the evenings and weekends all summer. The weight room opens at 6:30 a.m. all summer.
I’ve approved about 30 college classes that teachers will engage in during the summer as they refresh their skills and receive advanced degrees. Another teacher collaborated this week with a professor at Fort Hays to evaluate some of the programs we are offering for effectiveness.
Many teachers spend the summer reworking lessons and recreating units for the following year. When I watch the professionalism of our staff and their passion for learning, it’s inspirational.
Summertime provides a needed break from the routine for both staff and students, however, working for our children to provide the best education possible... continues year round.