ATTENTION STAFF AND STUDENTS
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Our schools are cool. In fact, they seemingly get cooler every day. We recently published our latest edition of FOCUS, which highlights the progress we have been making on our Strategic Plan. Thanks to a generous grant from the Pelham Education Foundation, each of our schools is now outfitted with a MakerSpace. Our teachers and students are utilizing these areas to learn through play and exploration with hands-on and innovative technology and materials. The opportunity to spend time in the MakerSpace further supports our District’s emphasis on growth mindset: that it is okay to make mistakes, and it is important to learn and grow from challenging experiences.
Four years ago, we built a Strategic Plan that set the course for our most important work within the Pelham Public Schools. We spent a full year collecting and analyzing the ideas, sentiments, frustrations, points of pride, and priorities from a wide range of essential stakeholders. In total, our Strategic Plan reflects the voices of 3,000 community members, faculty members, administrators, and students. Our work is focused on maintaining high academic standards for our students within a global context that seeks to position them for success within a 21st Century Framework. There is also an emphasis on wellness, social-emotional learning, and balance. Our implementation has allowed us to meet our mission of inspiring excellence for all students, while maintaining high levels of accountability with a context that embraces joyful teaching and learning. We are excited about the opportunity to infuse mindfulness, the practices of yoga, and a general sense of well-being into our culture for students and staff. It is important and exciting work.
Henry Ford once said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” With newly formed District committees and our 2017-18 budget work already underway, we are enacting our current goals and busily preparing for our future endeavors in collaborative ways. I thank you for your amazing children. They inspire me to work harder and learn more each and every day!
Peter Giarrizzo, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
Please take a moment to read out Fall FOCUS newsletter, which includes an update on the District's Strategic Plan and other important information.
This video provides an up close look at the MakerSpaces now in each of our schools.
Congratulations to seniors Mae Mullaney, Michael Kakos, Davis Allen and Gibson Smith who signed their letters of intent on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Mullaney will play women's lacrosse at Lafayette College, Kakos will play baseball at Francis Marion University, Allen will play men's lacrosse at Notre Dame University and Smith will play men's lacrosse at Georgetown University. Good luck Pelicans!
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In celebration of School Board Recognition Week, each member received a collection of student work from across the District. Click below to view.