Ranger Files

Update from Northwood Schools Superintendent, Greg Clark

A Few Items of Interest...

The pleasant smell of freshly mowed grass reminds me that Spring has actually arrived and with it more warm days and the quickly approaching end to the 2016-2017 school year. The #Fallof2017 and the opening of our new school will be here before we know it, but before we get there there is still much work to do, on both our new school and with what remains of this school year.


Here at school, we continue to work to provide the excellent learning opportunities we all want for all of our children and as the leader of our school I appreciate very much the support we have from each of you and our entire community to do so.


As you all know, the state mandated testing season is in full swing and while these are important measures of the academic achievement of our students, they actually measure and report on only a small portion of what our school is really all about. The real truth is that we humans are really not that great at measuring one another and standardized testing provides some insight, but is not truly determining as to who our children are or of what potential they have.


I was fortunate enough to spend time with a number of Olney and Northwood High School graduates at the Olney Open House and Final Walkthrough. I was struck once again by the love our graduates have of the school and the memories they shared that once again reinforce that the power of an education is achieved through the relationships that are built.


Our school will continue to work hard to assist our students perform well on the things that are being measured by standardized tests as well as helping them forge the relationships they need to exhibit the best of what it is to be a human being.


I once again have my annual Spring favor to ask of every single member of our community. Everyone please take some time with every young person you have the privilige to know and communicate just how important it is to you personally that they make responsible decisions around the use of drugs and alcohol. Every year, prom and graduation season takes a toll as celebratory milestones end in the loss of life due to decisions made around these substances. This is an issue that takes every single one of us. Please do your part.


Currently, our new school continues to progress on schedule. As I visit each day, I continue to be impressed with the team of building professionals that our Construction Manager, Rudolph Libbe has assembled to bring all of our earlier planning to life. The learning spaces now nearing completion will provide us the much needed flexibility to continue our mission. I truly am very excited by the possibilities and for everyone to be welcomed into our new school this September.


If you have questions or comments about any part of our school operations, let me know. We will do our best to be responsive.


Thank you so very much for entrusting your children, our community's children, to our community's school to provide the educational opportunities that will allow them to lead fulfilled lives.


Greg

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