I hope this letter finds you well – enjoying the first days of school. Yesterday, I had an opportunity to visit the elementary schools, Caldwell High School, and Canyon Springs High School. Today, I was able to visit Indian Creek Academy. I’m looking forward to
visiting Jefferson and Syringa Middle Schools this week. The classrooms were buzzing with anticipation and excitement. Students seem eager to start a new year. I had two third grade students share their Lexia achievement, and I learned that first grade students completed their first iReady math assignment. Just think, a year ago we cancelled school due to the excitement of the solar eclipse. It’s nice to be back in session for the 2018-2019 school year.
Several maintenance projects have been taking place over the summer. Wilson Elementary School has a new roof and new ceilings in the hallways. We are extremely hopeful that the leaking will cease and desist inside the building. In addition to a new roof, Wilson has had a new security camera system installed. At Jefferson Middle School, there is new copper piping for the heating system, a repaired and rejuvenated water heater, and updated surveillance cameras. At Syringa Middle School, work has been taking place over the last three weeks to abate the piping system under the building that heats the school. The contractor has employed rotating shifts in order to
complete this work before school started. We will now begin replacing the pipes that are worn or leaking. Throughout the District, a concerted effort continues forward to repair and improve the HVAC system so that classrooms are a comfortable temperature between 68° and 74°.
In addition, our maintenance and grounds department, along with True Green, has been repairing and improving the playground areas, lawns, and playing fields at all of our schools. The appearance of our buildings and our yards is a visible statement about our District. In addition, our Technology Department has worked tirelessly to install camera systems, access control at all buildings, WiFi improvements at both high schools, and Chromebooks at the secondary schools. We will continue working towards adding more “bright spots” at all of our schools.
This year we are welcoming two new elementary principals to our District:
Susana Dickman is the new principal at Lincoln Elementary School;
Joshua Hackenberg is the new principal at Washington Elementary School.
We would also like to welcome our new Dean of Students and our new Activities Director at Caldwell High School: Karen Cameron and Jonathon Hallock, respectively.
At the District level, we have a new English Language Development Coordinator, Shani Cummins and a new Migrant Coordinator, Tamara Lawson.
This year will be our inaugural year for using iReady Math in K-5 and My Perspectives ELA resources for 7th and 8th grade. We are in our second year of implementation of Journeys K-6 and Envision Math 6-8.
Last year we introduced an online learning option using the APEX platform. Secondary students earned a total of 183 credits using APEX. Our students also took advantage of Advanced Opportunity courses. In the 2016-2017 school year, 582 student participated. In the 2017-2018 school year, 724 students participated. This is a 24% increase.
You will also see a change in our new teacher mentoring program. Mentors, Instructional Coaches, Impact Teams, and Administrators will have distinctive roles as they work together to support the new teachers in their buildings. We will continue our Visible Learning journey, and we will continue to provide meaningful professional development opportunities.
This past spring, we had a group of teachers, parents, and students come together to set a course of action for Caldwell School District. As part of this letter, you will find our District’s Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals. These statements speak to the “Why” of our work.
I would like to thank our Trustees for their continued support. The Trustees and I are grateful for you and for your dedication to the children of Caldwell.
Thank you for choosing Caldwell. Have a fantastic year!
Dr. N. Shalene French
Caldwell School District #132
“Our purpose is to...”
- Empower the whole child to achieve personal goals and strengthen our communities.
Vision (Where we want to be in the future.)
Caldwell School District is a safe and supportive learning environment where all students graduate ready to pursue their personal, post high school goals as self-motivated, productive members of their community.
“We believe in....”
- Making student centered decisions.
- Acting with integrity.
- Honoring the diversities within our district.
- Building family and community partnerships.
- Empowering our students to take responsibility for their learning.
- Creating a caring, supportive learning environment where all students can grow academically, emotionally, and socially.
- Our students will develop critical thinking skills.
- Our students will be literate.
- Our students will value themselves, others, and their community. Our students will learn the value of social interactions and build positive relationships.
- Our students will learn in and contribute to safe and supportive schools.
- We will respect the voices of students, families, and community in the educational process.