And just like that, the summer is over. Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. We are so very excited about the new year and the next opportunity to impact the lives of our students. We are going to experience some big changes this year which is going to help us grow as a district.
We will be starting in year three as a “Leader In Me” district. It is really awesome to hear the kids using the language and thinking about how they can be a leader! This year’s focus will be on embedding leadership into our instruction. This is an obvious next step as we continue with our “Growth Mindset”.
Conotton Valley students will be taking part in Student-Led Conferences this year. After a pilot year, we are ready to go with this initiative. We are replacing Parent Conferences with Student-Led Conferences. The SLC’s will take place on November 1, 2018, and March 21, 2019, from 8 am to 8 pm. In both instances, the school will not be in session that day. Your child will lead the discussion between yourself and their teacher. They will utilize their leadership binders as a reference during this meeting. They will also be discussing their Personalized Education Plan. Every CV student in grades K-12 will have their own customized plan. Please keep your eyes open for correspondence from your child’s teacher. They will be reaching out for parent input that will be included in your child’s plan.
Finally, Conotton Valley will be shifting our grading approach from traditional practices to a Standards-Based Grading approach. We feel that this change will empower our students to take more ownership of their learning while giving our parents more descriptive feedback about their child’s current learning targets.
On behalf of the CV Board of Education, Administration, and Staff, I would like to say, “thank you for allowing us the opportunity to work with your children. We know that they are our future and your most precious commodity!” Go Rockets!
-Jerry “Todd” Herman, Superintendent
Conotton Valley Union Local Schools