The Johnston Community School District is intent on its urgency to prepare students for the globally focused and ever-changing world, not to rest on past traditions of student success.
With a new superintendent in place, direction has come from the school board to consider ideas for future improvements. To prepare for this focus, a set of recommendations called the “Foundation For Excellence,” has been developed. These recommendations were built on the feedback from staff, students, and parents received during the 2014-15 school year. During the 2015-16 school year, staff and administrators concentrated their efforts around the FFE plan and engaging stakeholders in the study and design process. Now in year three, we are prepared and determined to set district and building focus areas for the upcoming school year.
What does this mean for parents?
Parents and caretakers play a vital role in a child’s education – from homework help to lessons on work ethic and sharing knowledge regarding future careers – teachers and district administrators know the importance of parent input to their child’s schooling. Some of the recommendations are already in action in our schools and we’re working to take them to the next level. Other recommendations are things parents may see for the next school year, or in the years to come.
What does this mean for staff?
Staff have been involved in feedback sessions, with their input shaping the recommendations in the Foundation For Excellence plan. Recently, they heard the final plan from Superintendent Lunn and were encouraged to ask questions, voice concerns, and share thoughts going forward. From here, building administrators and teacher leaders will be working with staff to integrate these recommendations into their daily work, taking time to evaluate how the new recommendations balance with existing work and prioritizing initiatives.
Parents, staff members, and community members can expect to hear more about the Foundation For Excellence in the coming months. The district appreciates the feedback given to shape this plan and the support needed to make it a success in the future. Johnston has a long track record of academic and extra curricular achievement – now is the time to take it to the next level!