Dr. Champ's January 2018 Newsletter
Happy New Year! I hope the holiday break provided a chance for everyone to rest, spend time with friends and family, and rejuvenate for the second portion of the school year. I also hope those New Year’s resolutions that we all made stay with us long into 2018 and help us each to become the better versions of ourselves that we are constantly striving to achieve.
Throughout the year, our administrative team and faculty have been working diligently to deepen our work around the four pillars of our strategic plan. This has provided challenging opportunities for us to strengthen our professional learning and skills around 21st century learning, social-emotional learning, and supporting the whole child. One of the many initiatives we have been focusing on is our implementation of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP).
Pelham Middle School was honored to achieve status as an International Baccalaureate World School last spring. Our efforts to expand the implementation of the IB MYP into ninth and tenth grade at PMHS have given us an important opportunity to revisit why the IB MYP is a strong fit for the Pelham Schools. When we asked ourselves “Why IB MYP?” we found strong agreement around the following principles, in both our strategic plan as well as our own philosophy as educators:
- IB MYP assists all students in making meaning of content, connecting content authentically to other disciplines, and transferring content to real life with relevance
- IB MYP enables all students to be exposed to the same rigor expected in advanced-level coursework
- IB MYP supports all students in becoming productive members of a diverse global community
- IB MYP provides a consistent, professional learning framework for teachers and administrators to achieve such aspirations
These aspirations drive the work we do each day for all of our students and this framework is one that will help to bring a consistency of approach and connectedness to all we do.
In addition to financial, policy, curricular, and advocacy oversight of the District, the Board of Education continues their endeavors toward defining the scope of a bond referendum that will be put before the voters in May. It is a true balancing act as they work to address crucial facility needs, align resources to support the educational vision of the District, and exercise forward-thinking, long-term stewardship within an increasingly complex financial landscape. It is a privilege to work with such a talented and committed Board through these challenging times. They have identified an initial scope of work to be considered and final decisions will be made on the scope in March. Please visit www.pelhamschools.org/bond on a regular basis for updated information and resources related to this project.
I thank you for your ongoing support for our schools. I continue to feel blessed and honored to be the Superintendent of the Pelham Public Schools.
Dr. Cheryl Champ