Crawford County Schools Newsletter

October 2019 Volume I

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Superintendent Lowe's Message

Team Crawford,

I am excited about this school year! We are in our third month of school and I have seen our faculty and staff working extremely hard to make sure our students learn the curriculum. I appreciate all those teachers that come in early and stay late to make sure they are prepared for the next day.


I am also proud of the work that our different departments are doing such as maintenance, nutrition, finance, technology, and HR as they continue to operate in excellence. Each department within our school system is interdependent of each other, and we must work as a cohesive team to get the work done. I really appreciate the work that each of you do daily.


Please review our mission, vision, and beliefs. I expect all employees to know the mission and vision of our district and make sure we keep it at the forefront of everything that we do. Please begin to learn and share it with your students.


Again, thanks for all you do as we Soar to Excellence!


Mission:

The mission of the Crawford County School System is to provide our students with the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential to be successful members of their community.


Vision:

Crawford County Schools will unite with the community to be EXCELLENT in all we do.


Beliefs: We believe...


  1. Every child should have the opportunity to do what he or she wants to do when he/she graduates high school.

  2. Our teachers and staff genuinely care about student success.

  3. Public education can break the cycle of poverty.

  4. Teachers and staff should have the opportunity for professional growth.

  5. Our leaders have a responsibility to foster an environment for learning and growth for students and staff.

  6. Students and staff must feel safe in order for learning to take place.

  7. The relationship between the teacher/student (families) is as important as the lessons being taught.

  8. Partnering with our stakeholders will enhance our educational and economic opportunities.

Department Spotlight

Upcoming Events

Report Cards Go Home

Wednesday, Oct. 9th, 3pm

This is an online event.

Students will receive their report cards.

Parent Teacher Conference-Early Dismissal of School

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 2pm

Lowe Road

Roberta, GA

Students will be dismissed early from school. Parent Teacher Conferences will begin at 2pm-6pm.

School Closed to Observe Columbus Day

Monday, Oct. 14th, 7am

This is an online event.

All Schools will be closed to observe Columbus Day.

Assistant Superintendent of Operations

Team,

I would like to thank all of you for the warm welcome I received as I returned to our beloved district. The prospect of returning to Crawford County Schools as an Assistant Superintendent was a dream come true. My goal is to work with each of you to help fulfill our vision of operating in excellence in all we do. I pledge to go over and beyond what is required to help meet the needs of our students, faculty, staff, and community. It has been and will continue to be my pleasure to serve the stakeholders of our community.


As we continue to move forward, I need your help as we strive to operate in excellence this school year. Please remember that we are a team and must function as one entity. No longer will we work in silos or small groups to accomplish a task within our buildings. We must have a mindset of working together as a team in-order to move our entire school district to the next level. You can do this by working with team members within your school and collaborating with other team members throughout the district. We must focus on our vision, mission, and beliefs as these statements were developed by each of you as the way we plan to operate as a school system. I strongly believe that you will look for ways to work together as a team to accomplish our ultimate goal of improving student achievement for all students. TEAM=Together Everyone Achieves More!


The strategic plan has been developed and will be on Simbli soon. Some of you serve on the Strategic Planning Committee for one of the goal areas. If you have not read the District's Strategic Plan, please make sure you review it soon. This document is what we are using to guide our actions over the next five years. The district's plan should closely align to your individual school's strategic plan. Please make sure you read both plans so that you will know what initiatives we are striving to accomplish.


Again, I am SUPER EXCITED to have another opportunity to work with each of you. I pray that I can say or do something that will have a positive impact on your job performance. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of service to you.


Sincerely,


Dr. C. Ridley

Director of Student Achievement

CCSD Family,

It is hard to believe that we have almost completed the first quarter of the school year! We have gotten off to a great start, and I am proud of the work that we have accomplished thus far. Literacy continues to be our primary focus throughout the district, and we have been making strides to be able to reach our district goal of increasing the percentage of students achieving a Lexile measure at or above the Lexile Mid-point in Grades 3-9 and American Literature from a baseline of 48% in 2018 to 53% in 2019 to 58% in 2020.


In an effort to promote reading, all schools have ignited their own reading incentive programs, as well as built in accountable independent reading time, into their schedules. In addition, CCES has begun utilizing Lucy Calkins curriculum resources, and both teachers and administrators have had an opportunity to go and visit schools that have been utilizing these resources to gain an insider’s perspective of do’s and don’ts. I’d also like to give kudos to them for developing a creative way to display their students’ progress towards meeting their reading goals in the hallway by showing how the students are soaring towards meeting their goals! Way to go, CCES!


CCMS has been able to make significant progress by having a school-wide commitment of using Words Their Way vocabulary strategies in all content areas, such as concept sorts, Thinking Maps, Power Reading, etc. By doing so, they were able to see significant gains of a 14% decrease in students who scored below proficient in 8th grade ELA. Also, hats off to them for being the proud recipient of a $2,000 grant provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in order to help sponsor their initiative to “Build the Bridge from Literacy to Lifelong Learners!”


Furthermore, CCHS has been focused on growing their AP program. Not only have they been able to increase the number of AP classes offered, they saw a significant increase in the number of students who scored a three or higher on the AP exam SOAR from only three students in 2018 to 12 students in 2019. Keep SOARING towards EXCELLENCE!


With that in mind, let us keep in mind that EXCELLENCE is a never ending journey – not a destination. EXCELLENCE is not about being the best – it is about doing YOUR best! We may often feel on this journey that we ARE doing our best but NOT getting the BEST results. It is then that we must be willing to CHANGE the WAY we are doing things because if we continue to do things the way we’ve always done, we will continue to get the results that we have always gotten!


Continue to SOAR, Eagles!


Dr. T. Martin