From the Superintendent's Desk...
August 24, 2016
"Welcome to 2016-17"
It has been a terrific start to the 2016-17 school year in all of Hesston Schools. Over the past week, we have seen a lot of smiling faces coming into our buildings each day, and although it is sometimes difficult to adjust to the new schedule of the school year, it has been a very smooth, efficient, and productive first week.
It continues to be so evident that we have great people in USD 460. Our staff is incredibly committed to the success of each of our kids, and they combine this student-centered approach with incredible talent, knowledge, and a work ethic that is second to none. The people that work in our district make Hesston Schools such a special place for kids and a true point of pride for our entire community.
As we begin this school year, our school district will continue to develop our District Improvement Framework which was first introduced about one year ago. This framework is in the construction phase, but we have made a great deal of progress over the past year. This year, we intend to create greater opportunities for stakeholder engagement including: parents and families, students, business leaders and professionals, social service providers, retirement community, district staff, and others.
As we move forward in the development of our framework, one of the big areas of emphasis as we engage our stakeholders is in the establishment of specific measures of success. By many measures, whether they are academic or non-academic, Hesston Schools typically stack up pretty well with state and national averages. Whether or not we are above average or better than most cannot be our standard. So, our staff is committed to creating a culture which is "hostile towards complacency" and ultimately creates a culture that is focused on continuous and intentional improvement.
There is a lot of work to do, but we are off to a great start on creating this vision and action plan for USD 460. We invite anyone in our community that is committed to the success of our students to engage with us in this effort. There is much more to come on this topic as we move further into this new school year and we have specific goals that we want to accomplish before 2017-18. As always, do not hesitate to contact me should you have any thoughts or questions related to this topic or any other district or state matters. Our office number is 620-327-4931 and my email address is email@example.com.