The fourth quarter has begun and the end of the school year is starting to look like a reality. We probably all agree the older we get, the faster the school year goes. I suspect some of our students are thinking the school year simply plods slowly along. It might be safe to say we have avoided the inconvenience of having to make up any school days due to inclement weather. Sorry seniors. I realize I am challenging Mother Nature by writing and publishing these definitive words.
This time of year can be challenging for students, parents, support staff, and certified staff. I would like to take this opportunity to share and affirm some fundamental beliefs that govern our school district and our interactions with our students and families. West Burlington Independent School District believes first and foremost all of our students are capable of being successful. It is both the school districts’ and the students’ responsibility to work hard together in pursuit of success. In my service to you, as the West Burlington Independent School District superintendent, I try to follow the following guiding principles so fundamental to all of our students’ success here at good ole’ WB.
You may have noticed the major emphasis WBISD places on literacy. All of our subjects and course offerings are of great importance in our eyes. I think we all agree that literacy is especially crucial to the success of our students and our educational program. We will continue working vehemently on the teaching and learning of fundamental literacy skills. An old saying is pertinent here, “In the early stages of elementary education our students learn to read. At some point around third and fourth grade, our students read to learn.” We see helping students make this transition as crucial in our students’ academic development.
The school district does not discriminate in its education programs or educational activities on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status (for programs), creed or disability. Students are educated in programs which foster knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups including those of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, and socio-economic background, as well as men and women, to society. The programs include contributions and perspectives of Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and European Americans. Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school district Affirmative Action Coordinator.
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