Dear Germantown Hills School District Parents:
What an exciting time to be a Warrior!! In the last few weeks, our Junior High Scholastic Bowl team has won the conference championship, our three Intermediate School Odyssey of the Mind teams won state and qualified for the World Championship and our 8th grade Volleyball team finished 4th in the state. This was preceded back in December by 1st and 3rd place finishes in state by our 7th grade and 8th grade girls basketball teams respectively! How awesome is that?
In addition to our extra-curricular successes, we are proud to make significant progress on updating our District’s strategic plan. Last January, almost forty parents, teachers, community members, board members and administrators met on a Saturday morning for a strategic planning retreat. That afternoon the Administration and Board of Education took the priorities that arose from the retreat and drafted tentative District goals. The Administration then met to begin developing tentative objectives for those goals. These goals and objectives have been shared with the Citizens Advisory Council, over 100 attendees at the recent State of the District presentation and will be shared with staff at the April 13th SIP Day. After soliciting feedback from stakeholders, the Board and Administration will finalize these goals and objectives this summer into a new strategic plan to guide our District for the next several years.
April not only brings us better weather, but it brings in some very special people in our students’ lives! We very much look forward to seeing our students’ beloved grandparents on Grandparents Day! Grandparents Days this year are April 4th (7th & 8th), April 5th (5th & 6th), April 6th (3rd & 4th) and April 7th (1st & 2nd). Information has been sent to all families regarding these days.
I would also like to point out that Deanna Butler from the Tazewell County Children’s Advocacy Center will be here on Tuesday, April 25th to speak to parents about how our district meets the requirements of Erin’s Law. This will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the JDS Gym. Erin’s Law, which was signed into law in January 2013, requires that all public schools implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. For the last couple years, we have partnered with Mrs. Butler to provide age-appropriate instruction for our students on this topic.
In closing, we are very excited that our construction project is complete. We are now in the process of furnishing the classrooms and other learning spaces and readying those areas for technology. We plan to have a formal Open House in August!
Dan Mair, Superintendent
Germantown Hills School District #69