By Wayne Barrett, Superintendent
It is my pleasure to welcome back all students and staff for the 2018-19 school year. The Concrete School District has been busy over the last year developing new programs and opportunities for the students and the community we serve. There are several changes happening in both the elementary and secondary levels with a goal of producing students prepared for success after graduation. Believe it or not, this journey begins in preschool!!
The elementary staff have been receiving training with a new program called “Leader in Me” which is designed to build student skills both socially and academically. In the coming months you will hear a great deal from elementary students on the seven habits of highly successful people. Please join us by modeling these behaviors at home as you learn about them from your children. Our goal will be to develop student behaviors that enhance academic performance and build attributes which lead to success.
We were recently awarded a 21st Century grant in partnership with the Boys’ and Girls’ Club and United General. This is an incredible opportunity for our school district and community that will provide after-school programs for students in the Concrete School District. This 21st Century program will provide after-school academic tutoring and positive activities for our youth. Transportation will also be provided to specific stops east and west on State Route 20. Additional information will be sent home with your child in the fall.
Our Farm-to-School program has also been awarded a community food project grant. We are excited to see this program continue to grow and promote healthy food for all families served by the Concrete School District.
This year our 7th-12th high school students will each be receiving a Chromebook that will be utilized in all classrooms to be used for class work and research. Teachers will be receiving training throughout the year in many of the Google applications they can utilize for classroom instruction. The new language arts curriculum also has an online component that students will be able to access on their Chromebook. Our goal is to make sure that Concrete students have access and training in the same technology that other students are exposed to across the country. The other benefit of the Chromebook is that many class assignments can be completed and submitted using the device instead of paper.
Our high school will be offering several new courses including robotics for 7th-8th as well as computer science through TEALS, which is a Microsoft offering taught in collaboration with practicing Microsoft Engineers and our Concrete teacher. We are also featuring online courses offered through Edginuity. With Edginuity students can take advanced courses including advanced placement (AP) courses in every curricular area. Edginuity also allows us to access credit recovery courses if a student falls behind in their graduation status.
Our district has applied for the CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) program for school meals. If our district is selected, we will be able to provide free lunch and breakfast for every student in the Concrete School District regardless of financial status.