Greetings to the Region 16 Community,
It is a great honor and with enthusiasm to be welcoming you back to a new school year. I hope that you enjoyed your summer and feel refreshed. As we approach this upcoming school year, there is much to be excited about in the Region. There has been a significant amount of curriculum writing, summer school and enrichment programs, new staff hiring, administrative and pre-school restructuring, construction work, and professional learning planning this summer. We are also on schedule with our capital improvement projects which include, but are not limited to, the air-conditioning at Woodland and the new front entrance at Long River Middle School.
I realize that our first responsibility is to the students-our decisions are made in the best interest of children and they come first. I have the responsibility of leading this district and supporting the performance of our students. I continue this task with great appreciation for the teachers and the principals who support them, recognizing that they are the key resource to students developing emotionally, socially, and academically.
Again, this year we are prepared to provide continuous and ongoing embedded professional learning and establish clear teaching and learning expectations that are cohesive and coherent district-wide. We have increased our resources for all students and we will focus our goals on personalizing learning opportunities for students to increase engagement and rigor. We strive to foster independence with our children and produce students who think critically and have a growth mindset. The BOE and I have reaffirmed our commitment to infusing technology into the curriculum, performing Learning Walks, academic specialists to support the reduction in achievement gaps, focused professional learning, and a comprehensive curriculum in our schools.
Our mission has been reaffirmed by the Board of Education to provide high quality and educational opportunities with, experiential, and creative instructional practices to ensure that all students become inquisitive, lifelong learners with the 21stCentury skills necessary to be successful.
My personal goals for this upcoming year are to build trust & staff morale, increase professional learning opportunities for staff, open new and innovative educational experiences to meet the interest of all students, institute accountability from District Office down through alignment, and support a culture of creativity, risk-taking, and innovation to enhance student engagement and learning. I will continue to have an “open door policy” and make all my decisions in the best interest of students.
"The pen is mightier than the sword" Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Michael P. Yamin
Superintendent of Schools
Work: (203) 758-6671
Fax: (203) 758-5797