The Main Things

An MSD Communication that Cuts out the Clutter!

October 3, 2022

The Main Things | Special Edition

Main Thing 1: Literacy for ALL Day


The 2022-2023 school year is our Year of Literacy.


We want to invite ALL staff to attend Literacy for ALL Day on October 14th. You will get the opportunity to hear from Keynote Speaker, Dr. Douglas Fisher, the author of Rigorous Reading and The Distance Learning Playbook. You will take part in professional learning to support student literacy. Click here to view the flier.


We know our current percentage of students reading on grade level by third grade is an urgent call to action. The data points to why we need to focus on curriculum design, professional learning for instructional delivery, and strategies for student and family engagement.


Our goal is to have every student reading on grade level, and all third graders on track.


Every teacher and staff member plays a role in student literacy success. Take a look at this video to see how!

Main Thing 2: Oakdale Staffing Update


Changes are coming to staffing because of the addition of Oakdale Middle School. When Oakdale opens in the fall, all 6th graders will be at middle schools (or Ruch K-8 or MOA).


This means there is an opportunity for you to consider whether you’d like to try something new by moving to another school or trying out a new grade level!


Our Middle School Experience Team will be visiting each elementary and middle school at your staff meetings this fall to share more information. You will also receive a form that will allow you to share options you’re considering and what you would like 2023-2024 to look like for you. Keep an eye out for that in late October from this MSD email account.


In the meantime, take a look at the expected hiring timeline here and reach out to HR if you have any questions.


You are invited to the Oakdale Mascot Reveal on Monday, October 17th at 5:30 p.m. at Oakdale Middle School. Please RSVP with this form if you plan to attend.

Nominate Leaders!

Nominating ABLE Leaders

We are celebrating our teachers and staff who are ABLE leaders (see our MSD Leadership Definition here), they:

Act with Courageous Leadership;

Build Collaborative Relationships;

Live Disciplined Character; and

Ensure High Quality Student Learning.


Is there an MSD teacher or staff member who exemplifies what it means to be an ABLE leader?


Nominate them here!


We will honor leaders at staff meetings and on social media throughout the year. Thank you for helping us recognize leaders in the district who ensure ALL are learning and learning is for ALL!

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