Welcome to the 2016-2017 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 all of our school buildings and the Early Childhood Center have experienced some type of bond construction. Not to mention all the work that has taken place at the William A. Pearson Elementary site that will open the fall of 2017. Please let me take a moment and share just a few of the projects that were completed this summer.
We are very appreciative 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. Just like building a new home or business, there will be a “punch list” with a few items to complete even after school begins. 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, although like the construction “punch list,” 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 fall we also have the honor of commemorating one of our South Lyon High School graduates, Lance Corporal Dominic Ciaramitaro, who lost his life while serving in the United States Marine Corps in Afghanistan. Our athletic complex will be named in his honor, to not only show our community’s support of the ultimate sacrifice that Dominic and his family gave to defend and protect our country, but also to remember and celebrate all of those who have served our country in the past and present, or will in the future. We hope you will join us on Thursday, September 1st at 6:40 p.m. for this commemoration. We are asking that students and the community dress in patriotic colors of red, white, and blue for this event.
As a leadership team and school community, we will be revisiting our District goals this fall through our five year Strategic Planning process. If you are interested in being a part of a process that will help to develop our goals for the next several years, please review the application process which will be posted shortly on the home page of our website at www.slcs.us. Until the completion of our Strategic Plan, our four main focus areas will continue to be:
To update a five-year budget forecast that provides financial stability
To continue to support the District's alignment to the State standards, in order to maintain a high level of academic rigor
To provide oversight in the use of bond proceeds regarding facility improvements, technology, and the new elementary school
To provide transparency and avenues for increased communication for all stakeholders
Please utilize the district website, as well as other school and district social networking tools, to find out more about South Lyon Community Schools and the wonderful learning experiences taking place in our classrooms.
I look forward to our next phase, as we work together, 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!