Developing every student's potential to excel as responsible, productive, global citizens is one tall task, yet this is the core of our school district mission. Striving toward the fulfillment of this mission requires innovation and a personalized approach to teaching and learning. It requires a forward-thinking staff collaborating in a safe and nurturing environment.
Around 1920 representatives of the National Education Association and the American Legion met to develop joint support for the purpose of seeking ways to generate public support for education. Effectively, the conventions of both organizations adopted resolutions of support for a national effort to raise public awareness of the importance of education. The first observance of American Education Week occurred in 1921, and now is always celebrated between Veterans Day and the week of Thanksgiving.
This past week, while I was watching a news report about the gut-wrenching and horrific shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue, the reporter explained that the neighborhood was literally, "Mr. Rogers' neighborhood." It is where he use to live. This year is the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the children's television show that taught lessons about, well, being a good neighbor. I saw the irony of all that Fred Rogers taught vs. the deaths resulting from this Pittsburgh shooting, as well the irony to our current national strife.
The School District of River Falls is hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss school safety matters with our community at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the high school auditorium. All parents and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Town Hall-style meeting will include a brief presentation of existing district safety measures to be followed by a panel of school officials and local police department representatives responding to audience questions and/or suggestions.
Monday evening, Jan. 15, the School District of River Falls Board of Education approved resolutions to outline specific details of an April 3 referendum in which voters will be asked to approve two questions related to facility improvements. • A $45.86 million set of capital improvements projects involving short and long-term needs at all district facilities.
In February 2015 the School District of River Falls collaborated with 80 citizens to establish the framework for a new five-year District Strategic Plan that became known as "Renewing Our Promise" (2015-20). As part of this vision, our community put forth a call for the establishment of a long-range facility master plan. To continue our community collaboration, the district is asking for citizen input on a facility survey released this week.
The School District of River Falls is in many ways the center of our community's life together. Your children and grandkids attend our schools; community groups regularly use our buildings; you come to our schools for sporting events, concerts, and plays; and many adults attend our community education programs. Our students also go out into the community for learning and service projects, to visit nursing homes, and spend time with veterans. The many connections between the school district and the community strengthen all of us.