Part of our charge as a school district, this academic year, is to help society return to some normalcy. The reopening of schools is seen as an important step to achieving that goal. Over the course of this pandemic, the various ways the school district serves the community has been on full display. Our communities have seen firsthand how important schools are and the impact schools have not only in the fulfillment of our primary mission as educators but also on providing food, healthcare, etc. to those who need it. This support and work is built with an army of “difference makers”. With the recent Derecho storm, I again was shown the power of our communities. The year 2020 threw another challenge our way and the community again rose to the occasion supporting one another.
To begin each school year the school district procures a variety of materials and equipment to prepare for learning. This year we had extra purchasing requirements because of COVID, items such as disinfectants and personal protective equipment. Families also work to gather items to prepare to go back to school. I saw a picture of a school supply list for the 2020-21 school year. This list is what is needed much more than crayons, pencils, or paper, and that includes patience, flexibility, deep breaths, calmness, humor, cooperation, encouragement, positivity, understanding, compassion, respect, and kindness. This school year will be different for everyone as we change routines and procedures. Having these extra “school supplies” of patience, flexibility, and kindness will help make this year successful.
Our summer building projects are another way of preparing for each school year. This summer was no different. Shellsburg Elementary had four classrooms redone with new carpet, LED lights, and new ceiling tile was added on the main floor, and the locker room restrooms were remodeled to be ADA compliant. Tilford Elementary had a heating, ventilation, and cooling equipment upgrade, new exterior windows, and new LED lighting/ceiling tile in the hallways. The middle school remodeled the student center along with air conditioning upgrades to a few areas of the building and the majority of the doors in the building were replaced. Many walls of the district received a fresh coat of paint, along with floors receiving a fresh coat of finish. The custodians, painters, and maintenance crew did a terrific job this summer!
Our teachers prepared for the school year by engaging in anytime/anywhere professional learning. They worked through material at their own pace in preparation for continuous learning if or when needed. The new tools and strategies learned are something they will start utilizing right away.
Our fall activities have begun. It is exciting to see the students have the opportunity to participate and showcase their talents. We do have COVID rules in place for all of our events referencing face coverings and limiting the number of people in seating areas. Some events, which we have held in the fall in past years, such as the musical will be postponed.
Please utilize our activity calendar at www.vscsd.org to stay up to date with events as the schedules may be changing because of varying uncontrolled circumstances.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to reach out.
319-436-4728 ext. 5685