From the Superintendent

West Irondequoit CSD update from Aaron Johnson

October 1, 2021

Dear Families,


In my travels around the District, it's impressive to see social-emotional supports and community building everywhere. From school walls to classroom dynamics, our staff has prioritized ensuring everyone finds themselves represented and reflected and knowing that all people will experience dignity and respect (NYSED, 2019). That's the essence of our mantra, "All Means All," and for that, I am deeply grateful to my colleagues for taking it to heart, especially during these unprecedented times.


STRATEGIC PLAN

Regularly, we plan to include updates about our Strategic Plan. Thank you again for everyone's effort to create this comprehensive and meaningful guide for our work. In particular, the work of the Planning Council and our Board of Education was instrumental in accurately capturing our "big rocks" and associated action steps given the input and data. It's exciting to know that we will remain focused and aligned on four core goals. Again, they are:

  • Curriculum: Promote excellence, equity, and inclusion through a viable and guaranteed curriculum
  • Instruction: Establish instructional practices to ensure success for all learners
  • Implementation Systems: Ensure alignment, diversity, equity, inclusion, and access across all systems of West Irondequoit
  • Well Being of Self and Community: Create a welcoming and inclusive community where all members are valued, and the wellness of each individual is at the forefront.

To view the complete Strategic Plan, please CLICK HERE. We are also finalizing a color brochure to outline the Strategic Plan, available in early November.


SALUTING OUR STAFF!

Today kicks off National Principals (and Directors) Month. Principals play a critical role in our buildings and have had an even bigger job managing the pandemic. This month, let's join together to celebrate their work by demonstrating our appreciation for their leadership, support, and friendship. Once again, our people make West Irondequoit a magnificent learning community by always putting our children first. All Means All!


Saturday, October 2, is National Custodian Appreciation Day. We know that a warm and welcoming learning environment starts with a clean and well-kept physical space. Despite the craziness of COVID-19, our custodians, cleaners and grounds workers have risen to the challenge. Together, they've kept our buildings and grounds safe along with looking great. Thank you to the many hands that make West Irondequoit shine every day!


COVID CASES TRACKING

We wanted to let you know that the NYS COVID Report Card to view a building-by-building breakdown of current COVID-19 cases was back up and running as of last Monday, Sept. 27th. It had been down for several days.


In partnership,


Aaron R. Johnson, Ed. D

Superintendent of Schools

STUDENT AGENTS OF CHANGE

In case you missed it, this week we featured a story about some bright students at Iroquois Middle School who facilitated some changes with the bicycle rack setup. Click here to read it. A cornerstone of our mission is to promote student agency and voice. Children are our future, and to ensure a bright one, we must instill a sense of civic responsibility along with the tools to prompt positive change. This group of students is a prime example of just that. Whether big or small, when students speak out to advocate for themselves and others, that's a sign that we're on the right track.
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