Off to an Exciting and Busy Year
In the ten years that I have been with the Allentown School District, I do not recall a beginning of a school year that has been as incredibly busy as this year has been.
From the very beginning we were off to an exciting start with the implementation of a number of new academic initiatives – the addition of 10 full-day Kindergarten classes (for a total of 24 full-day classes); Journeys reading program; ScienceFusion; Project-Based Science Initiative; Go Math; the first year of the ASD Virtual Academy full-time online high school; and, of course, taking the first steps to develop our stand-alone Professional Careers Institute (PCI) in partnership with Building 21. I’m pleased to let you know that we are seeing positive influences from these initiatives already. The new classroom academic programs have been embraced by our teachers and their students. The ASD Virtual Academy is already at nearly 60 full-time online high school students, bringing students back to the Allentown School District from other charter and cyber schools.
In the midst of everything that has transpired so far this year, it's hard to believe that we are half way through November and winter break is just around the corner.
This week marks the National Education Association’s 93rd Annual American Education Week (November 17 – 21). The week offers the opportunity for our country to honor those individuals who are making a difference in public education and ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Never forget that everything we do – the new academic initiatives; the Arts at the Core resolution; the after-school programming; the community outreach; the healthcare services; the one-on-one time; the list could go on – is making a difference in the lives of our students and oftentimes in their families. We are doing all that we can to ensure that our students are provided with a quality education that lays the foundation for a brighter future, whether it is college or career.
This is our week. Take a moment and reflect on all of your own successes in the Allentown School District. We all have them! So, relish in these moments; in the lives that you have had a positive impact. Whether you’re an administrator, teacher, counselor, coach, secretary, para-professional, custodian, maintenance worker, cafeteria worker, or security officer – you are making a difference in a student’s life. Through your commitment to the District, you have assisted us in our mission to serve the children of the City of Allentown.
American philosopher William James once said, “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” This sentiment is so true of ASD employees – what we do, makes a difference.
I want you all to know that I am truly grateful to each of you for all you do every day for the Allentown School District and the students we serve. During American Education Week and throughout the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, revel in your successes, take time for yourself and spend time with family and friends. Enjoy every moment.
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