The Final Stretch

May 06, 2019

Find out about awarded grants, staff appreciation week, and more going on at the end of this school year!

Dear All,

The famed phrase "And down the stretch they come!" was always a favorite of mine while watching the Kentucky Derby so I was bummed when this iconic phrase went away in 2018 due to a trademark controversy...but I still think about it and replay past recordings as it so fits what we in public education face every May. So, "And down the stretch we come!" as we prepare to close another school year. We are all saying the same thing...it creeps up fast the end year so it is for sure a time of high energy, special events, and a time for reflection.

This time of year I'm so amazed and proud of how we all make it work somehow: all of the music performances always bring it...our sports teams are all having outstanding years despite mother nature...this of course is a special time for our seniors and their families. As we prepare to say good bye to this senior class, many of you have known them since kindergarten. To see them all grown up and ready to conquer the world it is both a reflection of their hard work, character, parental influence, and our school system. Hopefully you will get a chance to honor this outstanding class during one of the many special events leading up to graduation on May 24.

I have just a few updates:

On May 7, 2019 we will have two Special School Board Meetings starting at 5:30 PM to say goodbye to our current Board and welcome our new Board. Thank you to Kristi Harjung, James Keith, and Chad Ruwe for their dedication and service. Welcome and congratulations to new School Board Members Lori Willoughby and Darin Duzan. We do still have one School Board Member vacancy. Those that want to apply have until June 7, 2019 to turn in a letter of interest.

The Middle School Steering Committee had their first meeting this past Tuesday. We have a great group of people. If you are interested I have attached two presentations that were delivered that night: "State of the District" & "Community Engagement Process." We have set the next 2 meetings for June 18 and July 30. We are still recruiting a few more to be on the committee...if you are interested please let me know or one of the staff members on the committee: Sarah Lidy, Tim Peasly, Angie Woodhall, Kris Kahler, and Niki Young.

The Foundation recently awarded the following mini-grants: Ashley Slifer-Makerspace, Nikki Eagler-Lego League, 1st Grade Team-Osmo Technology, Shelly Upperman-Herald Review, and Angie Woodhall-Book Club. The Foundation will be taking a break next year from accepting mini-grant applications as the funds available are very low. Instead, the Foundation will focus their efforts on one main fundraiser next year. Further, the Foundation will partner with our Alumni/Community Outreach goals established in our strategic plan. While still in the brainstorm phase, it is looking like we will try and put on some sort of dinner banquet community get-together in late winter that will celebrate our school district's past, present, and future. More to come on this next year.

I know your busy going in many directions so if you've read this far, thanks! One final item. Next week is Staff Appreciation Week and I think we have the best damn staff in the land...we so appreciate what you do every day...on behalf of the Board & Administration we will be putting out again this year a spread of pies for you to feast on during the afternoon of next Wednesday's half day...so save some room for dessert!

Have a great weekend!

With Maroa-Forsyth Trojan Pride,

John


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