Dear Families and Community,

The 19-20 school year will soon be upon us! I hope you have found your summers to be restful, relaxing, and fun (and I hope you read some good books!).

The Summer of 2019 on our campus saw the continued construction of our on-going capital project, robust summer programming for students, and training, conferences, and staff development programs for our dedicated and talented staff.

The spring and summer of 2019 were especially busy hiring seasons. Due to retirements, new positions, and resignations, we will see many new faces on our staff who are excited to join our District. Please join me in welcoming all of our new staff! They will bring both talent and dedication to our team.

New to our administrative staff this year will be Sharon Smith, who will be serving as our Director of Instruction & Student Services, succeeding Anne Marie Holland. Sharon has a solid track record of success at her previous district (Kendall CSD) and we look forward to her leadership and ideas as we seek continual improvement to all our academic programs.

In an effort to continually improve our programs (one of our key core beliefs), we are excited to announce the launch of an Introduction to Agriculture course this fall. Not only will this course provide our students with important agriculture concepts, this program will allow our students to partner with Medina’s highly successful Future Farmers of America (FFA) program. We are also excited to announce a new partnership through Harvard University, where the district will have the opportunity to apply the Proving Ground model of evidence-based improvement to address chronic absenteeism, college readiness, and college enrollment.

Our elementary faculty are prepared and excited to launch Reading Wonders, a research-based English Language Arts program. In addition, the elementary school will also be continuing and expanding the use of the Lucy Calkins writing program.

With the completion of the capital project, pick-up and drop-off patterns will now change. Families will now pick up and drop off students in what used to be the bus loop, parallel to Housel Avenue. Bus pick up and drop off will now occur in the west parking lot.

With the onset of a new school year, families and students have a unique opportunity to set new goals and seek higher levels of achievement and success in academics, arts, and athletics. I encourage you to partner with us in efforts for all of us to jointly celebrate and recognize the success of our students!

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year!

Jason Smith,