Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! It is a great pleasure
to welcome both our returning families and those new to our system. Our current
enrollment numbers are pretty consistent with the numbers we have been
anticipating all summer.
SAU 7 administrators and teachers spend a great deal of time
during the summer preparing for the upcoming year. I was very pleased to see a
large number of staff members working during the summer months, preparing to
welcome every child back to school.
On August 29th, a SAU 7 staff day was held. It was here that I encouraged staff to find the good in every child, in
each other, in their community, and in SAU 7.
I encourage you as a parent and/or as a community member to do the same. Find the good in our schools and
communities. By working together we
will make a difference in the education of every child.
September provides an opportunity to check and adjust our
goals, to establish new relationships and to take on year-long challenges. While student learning is always our focus,
the social and emotional needs of our students, is a growing concern. We are fortunate to have the support of the
Project Aware Grant to tackle these challenges.
My most important goal for the coming year is to connect
every school in SAU 7 to their community and to the 5 towns that make up our
SAU. I plan to be in schools on a
regular basis, reading with students, evaluating staff, and celebrating the
excellent work that is being done. It is
with an open mind that I look forward to feedback from students, parents,
staff, and community members.
As I begin my tenure in SAU 7, please know that I am always
available to meet with you or talk with you regarding the education of our most
important asset, the children. I look
forward to a terrific year!