Superintendent's Corner

April 7, 2020

As a community and a nation, we are facing one of the most challenging events in our history. Each of us is being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in ways which we may never have imagined. However, as an organization built on learning, our school district has the capacity to persist through this crisis. While our classrooms may not look the same, our goal to serve the whole child has not changed. 

Last week, we launched the instruction of new material via our Schoology platform. Our teachers have been planning and preparing new ways to deliver material, while offering lessons of reinforcement and support. As you might guess, some subjects easily lend themselves toward virtual learning, while others require new methods of instruction. We are also striving to meet the educational needs of our special education students and English Language Learners while supporting their unique styles of learning.  

We are very fortunate to belong to such a caring community and have heard from many of you who are concerned about your child’s education.  We understand the adversity you are experiencing and the many real-life obstacles that may get in the way of student learning.  We are doing all that we can to make sure that every student has the opportunity to learn while at home, and we know our families are doing their best.  

We will soon be adding new features to our existing At Home Learning program.  These will include synchronous opportunities for teachers to connect with students, as well as added technology support for families. I am grateful for your patience as we work to ensure these programs are safe and secure prior to initiation.   

While I know that learning at home can never replace the in-school experience, I am asking for your continued trust and patience as we move forward. Our mission as a school district has not wavered, and I take great pride in leading this organization.  I know that we will get through this crisis together as a community. 

Sincerely,

Frank Gallagher

Frank T. Gallagher, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools