Superintendent’s Letter

Cardinal Community,

Welcome to the start of the 2014-2015 school year! The start of a new school year is always an exciting time, not only for students, but for families and our staff as well. In this spirit, it is my pleasure to welcome the students, families and staff of Central Decatur back, ready to continue the important work of our school mission – providing a quality education and preparing all students for their chosen endeavor in life.

Central Decatur staff will return this year on August 14. Community and Chamber members are invited to attend our annual “Back to School Breakfast” at 8:00 a.m. in the high school commons. During this time, we will welcome new staff members and highlight our priorities for the year. Should you be interested in attending, please contact our business office at (641) 446-4819.

As we begin this year, we renew our focus on supporting the most critical factor impacting student achievement – the staff that work with students. In fact, Central Decatur continues to be a leader in the state for how we support teachers to improve student learning through our work with the TAP System. We will continue to use this model to provide coaching during the day and utilize instructional teams that support collaboration and development relevant to student needs.

The District will continue to invest in other areas that impact student learning as well. We maintain our focus on providing a successful start to early learning through our Little Cards Preschool program. The skills students learn during at this age has become even more critical as the state has renewed its’ priority on early literacy and accountability for all schools. As students develop, we will work to not just maintain, but further refine and develop literacy through multiple mediums, including integrating technology into teaching and learning through our 1:1 initiative in grades 7-12.

The District continues its’ focus on ensuring our facilities meet our student needs as well through the development of our District Strategic Improvement Plan: Preparing for Tomorrow, Today. We conducted a series of community conversations last year and will use this information to develop a plan for the district facilities over the next few years that serve our school community both in and out of the classroom.

Nearly 750 Preschool – 12th grade students will return to school on August 19, eager for the opportunity to see friends, participate in a variety of sports and activities and engage in learning. Our staff renews their commitment to unlocking the potential of every student to help them be successful in this work.

I feel a renewed sense of excitement for the start of this school year because of the energy our students, staff, parents and community bring to our school community and all the possibilities that working together provide. Our school district excels because of this collective effort, focus and commitment. I look forward to the work we will accomplish this year.

As always, thank you for your continued support.