Welcome to the 2021-22 school year. This summer our administrative staff spent countless hours working on a return to learn plan. Our amazing staff spent their week of inservice working on training for the new social studies curriculum as well as working through the digital learning platforms for math, science, and language arts. The summer custodial staff and maintenance staff did an excellent job getting the buildings and grounds ready for students and staff to return to learn. Please keep in mind that this year we are still in unprecedented times working through the pandemic. Guidelines continue to be issued to school districts from several different entities at both the state and federal levels. We will continue to work with CDE, Tri-County Health, and our Governor's Office to stay within the guidelines and expectations that are given. Our sincere appreciation goes out to each and everyone of you for your patience and understanding as we continue to journey through these uncharted waters.
This school year marks my 30th year in education, and although much change has occurred throughout, one mindset remains constant—our students and their achievement matter most. Our schools saw marked improvement in state test scores as well as district assessments. For the third year in a row since state testing started, all three schools are at performance which is the highest rating for schools in the state. Our district is rated accredited which is the second highest rating for districts. This would not of happened without the dedication and hardwork of all stakeholders in our district.
Speaking with honesty, thinking with sincerity, and acting with integrity continues to be emphasized and modeled as we strive to mentor these qualities in our students’ character and leadership through our districtwide RCD and PBIS Programs. This is the fourth year of using Responsibility Centered Discipline with our secondary students, and the second year of using the Positive Behavior Intervention Supports Program with our elementary students.
This will be the first year of T.R.A.I.L.S Training with all staff and students through the Governor's RISE Grant. We are excited for this opportunity for social emotional learning curriculum through our partnership with the University of MIchigan. We have also received the Counselor Corps Grant through CDE which has helped us fund more counselors throughout the District.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out via email, phone, or visiting us in person. Please remember that all visitors to the school district must wear a mask. As always, we value input because it makes us stronger and more accountable to our stakeholders. It is truly an honor to work for Bennett School District. Thank you for the opportunity to educate your child.
Superintendent of Schools