Dear Amity Community,
I wish to thank you for your patience and support as I transitioned, mid-year, into the position of Superintendent of Amity Regional School District #5. I have learned a tremendous amount about our students, our staff, our schools, and our community. In the last six months, I have seen the commitment, energy, and passion that the Amity staff has for our students. I have seen the support and positive involvement that our community has for our schools. I have seen collaboration, hard work, and imagination that will drive student learning to higher levels.
The student experience that was once realized mostly within the walls of the school building (e.g., seat time, lectures, final exams …) with a focus on “lifelong learning” has shifted to a need to personalize the student experience. As Joseph Blatt of the Harvard Graduate School of Education describes, an acute awareness of “lifewide learning,” which is an explicit understanding that learning happens in every aspect of a student’s life, will be an integral part of a high quality education. These shifts will require schools and districts to do things differently, no matter how well they are doing them now.
In the Amity schools, with the help of families and community partners, we will be increasing our efforts to personalize the student learning experience and further promote the success of every student. I have asked every teacher, as they develop their annual goals, to think of ways to foster creativity and innovation in the work that we do and the work that we ask students to do. As the landscape of education changes, we will continue to create opportunities for students that will prepare them with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed.
We are an organization that is continuously learning and growing. I would love to hear how you think that we are doing.
Looking forward to a great year,