Message from the Superintendent
By: Dr. Bruce Willingham, Superintendent of Midview Local SchoolsAs we get ready to start another year at Midview Local
Schools, there are so many exciting things to look forward to. From academics
to sports to the fine arts, there are a plethora of activities to be involved
in and excel at. I am looking forward to seeing all of the accomplishments our
students, staff and district will achieve this year.
With this new school year, we are also launching our
strategic plan that, with the help of the community and a large number of
stakeholders, has been in development for nearly a year. This is very exciting
and we are ready to achieve our goals and vision set out by the strategic plan,
which states: By 2025, Midview Local Schools will be recognized as an
innovative educational leader in safety, social-emotional health and unique
educational pathways for all students.
As part of our strategic plan, one area of focus for Midview
is expanding our curriculum to include new unique educational pathways. This
year, we will unveil our new business pathway. This is the first of a
three-party pathway system that we will continue developing through 2020.
We are also continuing to enhance and expand our Project Lead the Way STEM program; in addition, this year past school year and moving forward, we have realigned how we deliver our gifted services. For the first time, we had full grade-level accelerations for student’s Pre-K through 12th grade. To help support Project Lead the Way and to further challenge our students, we added a teacher at West Elementary to help the Project Lead the Way launch program and have added the class to our rotation of specials much like the teachers for music, art and gym at the elementary level. At East Intermediate the first part of the Biomedical pathway was added and the new Computer Science class that was added to the Middle School has students learning how to build their own app. While this is a lot of changes, it will truly help students lead the way!
As a district, we are fully embracing Naviance, our college
and career readiness program. To do this, we have added a Naviance teacher at
the middle and high school level. Students will be able to explore their
options for classes and focus on what they want to do in the future.
By exploring these educational programs and pathways and
reevaluating the offerings we provide to students, we have been able to save
the district more than a quarter of a million dollars! One area that developed
from this assessment is the Digital Academy that allows students in a digital
medium to make up credits, take classes that did not fit in their schedule,
partake in imbedded intervention and enrichment activities and even study from
home while still feeling as if they are a part of the Midview community and
receive the social-emotional support they need.
We’ve also allotted more time for students to individually meet with teachers as well as collaboration among teachers by recreating the bell schedules for grades 5-12. This new schedule will allow staff to have more time during the day to work with students so teachers and children will not have to stay late while still getting the support that is so crucial to success.
As we embark on the 2019-2020 school year, we are ready,
responsible and respectful, and we want to ensure that our students feel
comfortable, safe and included in each school, class and activity. Remember, we
Have a great year!