Our Second New Year (January 2018)
For those working in education the first New Year is in the fall when students return to the classroom and the second is in January. At both times there is always a sense of excitement and a bit of anxiety. The anticipation of discovering what lies ahead motivates us to charge forward and the uncertainty of the unknown reins in our actions and keeps us from being reckless. As we look forward to all that 2018 has to offer,
I encourage everyone to channel those feelings of excitement and anticipation into actions that will result in positive outcomes for all you seek to accomplish. At the same time, don’t be paralyzed by your fears. Those emotions can help to make sound and reasonable choices.
A group of people who are always working toward positive outcomes and making sound decisions are the seven members of our Board of Education. The month of January is School Board Appreciation month and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Trustees for their service to the community. Our district is very fortunate to have these dedicated and passionate community members serving on the Board. They are willing to make the difficult decisions that benefit all 21,000 students in our classrooms.
Board trustees address a variety of important topics including state and federal mandates, curriculum, labor negotiations, and student achievement. In addition, Board members often must decide on controversial or emotional topics such as the current discussion on high school boundaries. The work they do is vitally important to the success of our district but often goes unrecognized. As Superintendent, I appreciate the hard work, the time, and dedication from the Board of Education. I see first hand how much they care about this community and the students they serve. I am grateful for their passion, professionalism, and their continued interest in always working to put “Students First.”
New opportunities for our staff members and students, visiting classrooms throughout the District, sharing new ideas and improving instruction, and of course spending time with friends in the community are just a few of the many things I’m looking forward to in the year ahead. I hope your New Year is off to a great start and I wish you a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2018!
DECEMBER 2017 DON’T MISS THE FIRST BELL!
Everyone remembers the first bell when they went to school; it signaled the start of a new day. The beginning to a day of learning, broadening your knowledge, sharing stories, and being with friends. Our new publication sets out to capture all those elements of what we experience at the start of a new day–all that begins with the first bell.
Our Principals and Administrators are part of the leadership team that guides the course of our district. As the third largest school district in the state, our classrooms are filled with more than 21,000 talented and bright students being taught by the very best teachers. The support staff provides the very best in secretarial, custodial, transportation, and food service. Our parents support the learning that is taking place in our schools and we value their input and partnership.
I encourage everyone to visit my blog https://superintendent.dearbornschools.org/. There you will be able to keep up to date on the good news that occurs each day in our district. I’m also very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and have made great connections with our students by using these social media tools.
The District’s website, my blog, social media and this publication are just some of the tools we use to communicate with the public. However, the communications tool I enjoy the most is sitting down face to face and having a conversation. This may happen when I’m on one of the several hundred school visits that occur during the year or at one of the dozens of community events I attend, or just when I’m enjoying a casual lunch or dinner in the community.
I’m very excited to share my thoughts, goals, and accomplishments of our students with all of you in the months ahead. During this most special month I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season.
Have a joyous and prosperous new year!
Glenn Maleyko, Ph.D.