“Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.”
- Chinese proverb
One thing you cannot do is control the weather as we have seen this winter. Groundhog’s Day is coming up and let us see if this traditional rite of spring is accurate. At the time of this newsletter we only have one snow day left on our calendar. In the event we need to go over, the following days will be taken in the order they are listed: 4/21 ,4/20, and 4/19. So that means we will work backwards during the spring break week to try to extend that vacation as long as possible. Predicting the weather, especially the timing of storms in our mountain home can be very challenging and I take the safety of our school community very seriously. In my opinion, we have an unlimited number of “snow” days as the dream of crocuses and tulips often run through my head at 4 a.m. during these early winter mornings.
As we move into the next half of the school year, I ask for your continued involvement and engagement regarding your child’s education, here and at home. During the month of February you will be receiving a separate letter from me outlining the significant changes that have taken place to improve the NYS standardized testing program. I am happy about these changes and encourage you to read this letter over, and if you were a parent that has refused to allow your child to be tested that you reconsider that decision. As stated in previous letters, testing and demonstrating proficiency is a common expectation for all levels of training. It is a skill set that needs to be practiced and mastered beyond the content being evaluated. RCS is data-starved due to the lack of test results that accurately reflect our student population, and it is very difficult to make informed decisions about curriculum and instruction without having a rich pool of data to examine.
Besides that pending letter, please be prepared for other communications about our capital project this summer and the future of the CROP program, as we are involved with the competitive bidding process this year to renew the CROP grant. There is great uncertainty about the future of CROP and we will keep you informed as we learn more. Regarding the capital project, once the bid is awarded and we consult with the future contactor we will understand the level of disruption the work will have on summertime operations.