It seems like it was just yesterday that I was welcoming freshman to the high school and attending the first Wildcats football game of the season. Now, somehow winter is coming to an end, and we are gearing up for spring sports and watching the Class of 2017 graduate! As we head into the homestretch of the school year, I want to first acknowledge the dedication and hard work of all of our Mayfield staff. Every employee in our district plays an integral role in ensuring our schools are safe, highly-effective learning environments and I value their efforts each and every day.
Also, I want to again recognize and thank our community for supporting the district and Issue 115 last fall at the polls. Our residents showed their trust in us to devote necessary resources to continue to prepare students with the skills needed to succeed in life. I can’t thank you enough for the confidence and pride you have in our district!
Speaking of Mayfield community pride, we had a wonderful turnout at the 2nd Annual Green Tie Gala held last month at Executive Caterers Landerhaven. More than 300 guests attended the benefit for our arts programs. I am pleased to announce we raised $60,000 which will directly support our Art education programs and STEAM2M curriculum. Thank you to our volunteers for making this important event such a huge success.
Strong academic achievement in our classrooms continues to be honored, most recently at the state level. The State Board of Education has recognized Mayfield High School with a Momentum Award. The Momentum Award recognizes schools that received A’s on every value-added measure included on the most recent Ohio School Report Card. Value Added measures the progress made over the course of a school year. In this case, this indicated MHS students made greater than expected progress in the areas of reading and mathematics.
At Mayfield, we have a strong story to tell. Recently, I gave a CAT talk (Similar to a TED Talk) to all of our teachers during a professional development day. I was extremely honored to speak about the future of 21st century education, especially in Mayfield and especially to our teachers and staff who challenge our students every day. I asked them to imagine a place where school systems allow students to be in control of their personal educational journey and teachers and students cooperatively work together.
I would like to share with you an excerpt from my speech:
"Envision a place where connections of content and experience less resembled the age of industrialism and more the age of digitization. A place where learning and access to excellence was the right and privilege of all.
Imagine a place where the term "community of learners" was defined by inclusivity, diversity of thought and a multitude of gifts. Its space saturated by a convergence of human, academic and intellectual resources from within and without. Imagine a place where students went to develop what they are good at and worried less about fixing what they are not good at."
Here in Mayfield, we are doing just that. Our schools are on a visionary path. We are teaching students to be creative, independent, critical-thinking, problem-solvers in this ever-changing global economy.
I hope you enjoy the warmer weather and the remainder of the school year.
If you ever have a question or concern, please contact me at (440) 995-7210 or email@example.com.