By Denny Morrison
July 25, 2014
My hopes and dreams for our Xenia students is that each youngster experiences success each and every day.
Even though our district’s focus will be on continued increased student achievement, we will not forget the other components that go into the making of a quality education. The effectiveness of a school system should not and cannot be measured by the results of tests administered in a single day or a single week. We are about so much more than that in Xenia. We will continue to work to instill values in our young people and help them develop personal responsibility. These are the same virtues that you and I learned a long time ago.
The continuation of these old-fashioned family values is absolutely critical. In addition to these, I promise you that we will offer an educational atmosphere that is second to none. We will work hard to meet the needs of all of our young people regardless of whether they have special needs, are academically gifted and talented, or are the average or “middle of the road” students.
We will have ample resources for children of all abilities and interests. Our school district will continue to be committed to the development and expansion of technology. Every decision that we make will be based on the response to one single question, “Is this what is best for kids?”
I promise you that our school district will continue every effort to ensure that we are doing everything possible to ensure student success. However, the hard truth is that we cannot really solve our educational problems internally. We are working hard to build better school/community relationships. We need to build a strong bond between the school and the community to bring about the improvements needed in our educational system. Parent involvement and the total cooperation of both the school and the business community are not extra duties to be performed if time permits, they are fundamental and basic ways to improve education.
We need all of our parents and community members to understand that they must become partners in the educational process. Our community has a wealth of people who have so much to offer to our young people. We are a community that is truly blessed. This is my challenge to you. If you have an hour per week, please get involved with our school system. You do not need to hold a teaching certificate to make a difference. Possibilities range from helping out in the office or the lunch room, to reading to young people, to guest lecturing to a class, to explaining how to do math problems, to just listening to our young people.
Sometimes the best classroom is at the feet of a senior citizen. The more individualized attention that we can provide to the young people in our schools, the better connected they will remain and the better their opportunity to attain a diploma. Kids do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. Contact the school to see what you can do to become involved.
Be a hero to a young person. Volunteer.