Dr. Champ's November 2017 Newsletter

Dear Pelham Residents,

As the trees change color and the days grow shorter, the pace and energy of our schools is only picking up. A visit to each of our schools is certain to show our Strategic Plan coming to life. Our MakerSpaces continue to be a resource for students to explore enrichment learning, we are piloting innovative furniture in our classrooms, and are actively implementing instructional technologies such as 3-D printers and Augmented Reality devices.

Under the leadership of Mrs. Rosemary Matthews, our Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services, we are once again offering the School Yoga Project that brings mindfulness and relaxation techniques into our classrooms. This effort, along with implementation of other social-emotional programs like Responsive Classroom and Bully-proof Classrooms, are supporting the safe learning environment that is essential to teaching the whole child.

Under the leadership of Dr. Steven Garcia, our Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Personnel, we are working diligently to train our instructional staff in all areas related to supporting our educational vision. This professional learning was on full display during our first 2-hour delay of the school year, during which our teacher-led professional learning communities strove to deepen our teachers’ skills, techniques, and understanding around pedagogical and developmental issues. We look forward to continuing to provide the most current and forward-thinking practices in our classrooms each day.

The Board of Education has devoted a significant amount of time and effort to assessing the needs of our District’s facilities with regard to a proposed bond referendum this spring. Since July 2016, when the brick façade at Hutchinson School was determined to be in need of extensive repair, the Board has examined how best to meet the school’s needs while also mapping out a strategic facilities plan to address all of our buildings district-wide. This work will culminate in a final bond scope for consideration this spring. The Board and I value the input and perspective of our entire community in this process. We hope that you will participate in our community engagement opportunities and visit www.pelhamschools.org/bond for additional information.

Finally, as Thanksgiving weekend approaches, it is important to take a moment and consider those who are less fortunate. I also encourage each of you to consider what you are thankful for. I am thankful to have such a wonderful and supportive Pelham Schools community and for the opportunity serve our students each and every day.

Sincerely,

Dr. Cheryl H. Champ

Superintendent of Schools