Michael P. Yamin
Superintendent of Schools
Work: (203) 758-6671
Fax: (203) 758-5797
Dear Region 16 School Community:
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! I hope you have all enjoyed a refreshing summer with family and friends. As you know we have completed our four-year building project and are pleased to announce it was completed on time and under budget. Our sole focus now can be on implementing a coherence model that is aligned to our district strategic plan. This coherence model is focused on the academic achievement and growth of all our students. We are proud to launch a new reading program for kindergarten through second grade; a new SAT prep course at the high school; and three new clubs and groups district wide to encourage extra-curricular activities. We have also staffed a BOE-funded Talented and Gifted program (TAG) at Long River Middle School to serve our identified academically gifted middle school students.
In addition, after two years of summer curriculum writing by teachers, we have completed our reading curriculum for grades three through eight and mathematics grades K- 12. We have expanded course offerings to include two sections of computer science AP (Advanced Placement) at the high school. We are pleased to continue our commitment to the experiential learning and internship program with the hiring of a full time counselor to continue the growth of this program at the high school. We look forward to our 1:I Chrome Book initiative for grades 9th-10th by January of this year. Finally, we have received our results of the state achievement testing and the region overall has seen an increase of 7.9%. We are pleased with this growth and realize there is a great deal more to accomplish over the next few years.
We have continued to expand our technology infrastructure and are moving towards implementing Schoology as our Learnjng Management System in grades 3 through 12. This upgrade will enable us to better serve the needs of students and staff as we move forward with 21st century learning and increased digital devices in the classroom. It will also open up the lines of communication with parents and teachers, increase transparency with parents on classroom activity, create real time information about grades, assignments, and educational issues surrounding your child and his/her school.
The Region's certified staff and administrators have committed to critical thinking, analyzing and constructing arguments, making logical conclusions, and evidence based decisions as the universal learning target district wide. All of these initiatives and improvements are the result of incredible organization and collaboration of the administration, teachers, staff and community. Together, with the vision and support of the Board of Education, the PTO and parents, community members, staff and students, we can and will provide our children with every opportunity to reach their full potential.
I am looking forward to another year of teamwork and student success in Regiona l School District #16. The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) with the Superintendent has entered its second year and its first meeting is scheduled for September 28th. We have an excellent team of administrators, teachers, and staff in every school working together to use the most effective instructional practices and to strengthen our programs and services. Our schools have the support of a dynamic team of school district leaders and staff who are all committed to offering every student the highest level education. We now have the beginning stages of a three-year plan in place to increase student achievement district wide and embedded best practice to strengthen communication, school culture, and fiscal responsibility.
As we get further into the school year, you will be hearing more about the goals and benefits of our technology enhancements, avenues for parent communication, student performance, and regional coherence mapping in all our schools. As I enter my third year as Superintendent, my focus will be on ensuring we have strong systems of support and a "laser like focus" on student success for all of our students in every school.
Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the Region 16 school community