North Sanpete School District Patrons,
Here are some of our recent efforts to ensure high quality schools.
Student achievement is our number one priority. This past year we began a multiple year process to maximize our students’ achievement district-wide. We are following a system proven effective nationwide. We started this past year when teachers met in grade level teams (elementary) and subject area teams (secondary) to clearly define our district curriculum based on the state standards. That means our teacher decide what main concepts we will focus on each year in each subject district-wide to ensure each and every student has the best possible opportunity to masters the most important concepts. These teams then met with other district teams, shared and discussed their curriculum priorities with teachers at grade levels above and below, to ensure student learning makes logical progression year to year. Teachers also began to develop assessments to measure student learning of these concepts. As our teachers complete assessments, they will refine and carefully target interventions and enrichments to provide every opportunity for students to learn these concepts while providing additional learning for students as they master each concept. We meet one Monday each month to further develop and refine this process. Our teachers have been very productive team members, collaborating, sharing expertise with each other and learning together through this process.
Fiscal responsibility is another priority. This year we are studying our utility usage and considering options with the assistance of the governor’s energy office, in an effort to find savings to fund needed upgrades to our facilities. Many of our buildings were built in the 1980s, so their heating, cooling and lighting systems are aging out. To replace these costly systems, we are exploring ways to reduce expenditures for utilities, to see if we can fund these upgrades through savings.
Teachers are the key to student success. Teacher shortages are now common in Utah and throughout the country. NSSD has focused increases in state funding directly to teacher salaries, to keep our excellent teachers, and we have recruited heavily to attract new teachers when needed. We offer a very competitive benefits package and our cost of living is less than other areas of the state, so along with our amazing quality of life, we are able to attract and keep many outstanding teachers. Teachers are key to our students’ futures, so please share your appreciation often.
Thanks for your support through taxes, donations, volunteering and other service, as we strive to provide our children their best possible future, through quality educational opportunities.
Dr. Samuel L. Ray, Superintendent of Schools
(For more information see the recent mailer – also available on nsanpete.org)