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Message from our Superintendent

 

Melissa Baker

Melissa Baker
Superintendent

 

Judy Wiemer

Executive Assistant



 

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year.  I am excited to be starting this school year with all of you. 

This truly has been an amazing and busy summer as we conclude the Bond 2015 projects, including the opening of our newest elementary, William A. Pearson Elementary School.  In addition to the completion of our newest elementary, please let me take a moment to share just a few the projects that were accomplished this summer.

  • Paving work at SLHS
  • Parking lot improvements to Sayre Elementary
  • VRF (Air quality and Air Conditioning) systems installed at Dolsen, Kent Lake, and Brummer
  • A new roof at Salem Elementary
  • Many security upgrades to our schools
  • Playground improvements at the Early Childhood Center

Please see a complete list of the building projects that were completed though our community’s support of Bond 2015 by going to our website at www.slcs.us and clicking on Bond Completion Report.

Again, I would like to share our sincere appreciation of the long hours and commitment by Granger Construction, Integrated Design Solutions, all the contracted workers and our own custodial, building engineers, technology and ground crews.  Through their hard work and our community’s commitment to South Lyon Community Schools, we truly have the best facilities in the state of Michigan. 

Just like last summer, due to the construction projects, our teachers in many of the schools will not be able to access their buildings until just days before students arrive.  Please understand that our teachers’ desire is to have their classroom environments completely ready for opening day; however, they may be continuing with their classroom set up even after our first day.  Rest assured that students will be welcomed to a positive and safe learning environment.

This past school year, members of our school community helped to develop our district’s five year strategic plan.  The goals established and action plan were approved by the Board of Education this spring.  The following are the approved goals:

Community & Communications

Every community member will be a connected, informed and valued participant in South Lyon Community Schools for the betterment of our students and the community at large.

Resources

South Lyon Community Schools will allocate resources to prioritize and support the diverse academic, social-emotional, and health-related needs of all students as well as nurture community partnerships to enhance revenue and increase involvement in the district.

School Culture

South Lyon Community Schools will create and foster a culture where school community members are recognized, involved, and accepted, resulting in everyone realizing their value to the school community.

 Curriculum/Instruction/Assessment

South Lyon Community Schools will maximize each student’s academic, creative, and social-emotional potential in an inclusive learning community, provide diverse academic paths, and inspire a passion for learning.

 Work towards these five year goals has already begun, and updates will be provided periodically to the Board, building level SIP teams, and our community. 

This year marks a new era for our athletic programs and student leadership groups, as we join the newly established Lakes Valley Conference.  Together with the Walled Lake, Huron Valley, and Waterford school districts, we will develop new traditions and support the conference moto of “Together we are one, Aspire, Aim, Achieve.”

I look forward to this school year, as we work together, to continue to move our exemplary district forward.  I am committed to our mission and will ensure that South Lyon Community Schools continues to provide the highest quality educational process, so that all students can excel as individuals, and become productive and contributing members of society.  Thank you to our staff and community for your continued support.  Together we make our school community great!