Our summer was busy and filled with positive growth which
increases our excitement to open the new school year.
Some changes coming in the new school year may seem subtle
because they are “behind the scenes” refinements to our instructional
practices. We have been learning about the impact of Universal Design for
Learning (UDL). It is a way of thinking about teaching and learning that helps
give all students an equal opportunity to succeed. This approach offers
flexibility in the ways that students access material, engage with it and show
what they know.
Last year we introduced mental health support services in to each
building. These additions were very well received by our staff, students, and
families. This year we are expanding those services and supports to reach even
A great deal of our time has been centered on our facility
project. We know very well that our aging facilities need to be replaced. Our
current arrangement is very inefficient from an instructional, safety, and
financial standpoint. We know that we will need to make change, and it is my
goal to have the positive changes new facilities will bring to our school and
For the upcoming school year we have only one change. After one
year as principal of Washington Elementary, Alison Woods will return to the
classroom at Harmar Elementary. Mrs. Woods was serving in a temporary role as
the building principal while Mrs. McIntire recovered from a sudden health
scare. Mrs. McIntire is now back on her feet and is ready get back in the
saddle at Washington as the principal. I am very happy that we were able to
make it possible for Mrs. Woods to have the experience and Mrs. McIntire to
have the time to heal.
Let’s have a great year Marietta!
William Hampton, Superintendent