Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! I hope you had the opportunity to find time to rest and relax this summer, pursuing some personal time reading a magazine or working in the garden. It doesn’t seem possible that school is just around the corner. Summer seemed to go by extremely fast.
Here at Fall Mountain, we believe one of the most important things we do, as a school district is to hire the best prepared and most dedicated teachers and staff to work with our students. Our teachers and staff value education, are strong advocates for our students and create school environments where students succeed.
Education is for all at Fall Mountain. Our district has a longstanding mission to ensure each student’s academic, social, artistic, athletic and technological success. We want our students to know it matters to us that they learn and exhibit our core values of responsibility, citizenship, respect and integrity.
This summer we have added a number of amazing new teachers and staff members to our district to help us continue to fulfill our mission. I am very excited about our dedicated district team, who are here to ensure that our students have exceptional educational experiences at school.
Since the last day of school in June, preparations for the new school year have been underway. Our email has shifted to using Google Mail giving us new options for sharing. Many of our teachers have completed hours of professional development and training. Staff from across the district have come together and revised our curriculum in English Language Arts. The curriculum changes will be used as a roadmap to assist with the implementation of the Common Core and preparation for Smarter Balance assessment.
The district wide Math Committee met this summer and reviewed various Math programs. The committee has selected a program to pilot this school year. At the High School, the Math Team has revised the Math curriculum to align it with Common Core Standards, created a common assessment for Math courses and is guiding a transition to the more traditional approach to math by using Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II schedule.