Dear Reavis Families:
Welcome to second semester. We may not have been able to control everything about this school year to date, however, we have much to be proud of and that starts with our students and teachers. The foundation of any great institution is people. It is the secret ingredient that moves good teams to great. We thrive when we have others who get us—who can listen, ponder, share, and make decisions that will keep learning moving forward despite the unpredictable days we face. I am grateful for every individual who worked hard to make the most of our situation and placed the health and safety of our Rams, first. We made a concerted effort to monitor student progress, identify at-risk and disengaged students, while also acknowledging our students who consistently engaged in school. We utilized many different strategies in the fall semester to assist students in their learning. Our Resource Center, Student Services Division Zoom services/supports & newsletters, Tier III Intervention room organized by our counselors, social workers, school psychs and admin team, Dean home visits, and catch-up days were just some of the ways the district attempted to support the efforts of our teachers during classroom level instruction and learning. Teacher flexibility was key to our success as PLC Teams prioritized incomplete work at the course level with an emphasis on the need to know to demonstrate evidence of learning. Teachers were creative and shared their best practices, new skills, and out of their comfort zone ideas with peers through weekly professional development. A sincere thank you to our students, teachers, and families for their commitment to learning during these difficult times.
We will continue to monitor mental health and provide support to students in need. We encourage staff and students to take advantage of the resources for mental, social, and physical health including our newest outlet, The Calm Room, which was featured in our monthly SSD newsletter. Our resources are located on our district website: Behavioral Health Team .
Finally, we plan to begin our hybrid model on February 1st. Parents have received a survey to designate if they would like to send their child to school two days per week or remain in remote learning full time. Families will receive further information once the survey closes.
Schools will continue to be challenged including when we transition to hybrid. If we have learned from history, then we know it just takes a little time and we can do anything. I encourage you to make the best decision for your family, and we will meet each student where they are in their learning, safely. The future can be as bright as we decide---seek and share the light.