Monday Message
October 22, 2018

Thought for the Day:  “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”  Buckminster Fuller
Connecting with Old Friends:  Recently, I had an opportunity to reconnect with an old friend who I have not seen in a very long time.  Many of us have had the experience when reconnecting with someone that we just pick up where we left off.   I enjoyed hearing about his children and the places where life has taken him and his family.

Social media provides us the opportunity to make these connections more often, but there is nothing like actually being in each other’s presence.

With parent-teacher conferences this week, we get the opportunity to connect in the presence of old and new friends. We get to share the stories about children and their amazing learning and growth.  We get to hear dreams and aspirations. Please take the time to make meaningful connections this week.  Parent –teacher conferences are a great celebration and an important milestone.

State Accountability Results:  the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) will release school accountability results on November 1, 2018.  . Since this a new state test (WY-TOPP), the WDE wants to accurately communicate student performance results. The WDE has asked principals and central office administrators to preview reports and offer suggestions.  The school board will receive an update of school accountability at their November 7, 2018 work session.
State Accreditation Visit:  the state is piloting a new process for accreditation, and a team of educators from across the state will be visiting ACSD#1 on November 6 & 7, 2018.  We have already submitted electronic documents to support the work that we are doing.  We will also prepare a presentation to provide an overview of ACSD#1 and give the visitation team an opportunity to visit schools and classrooms during the two days. There will not be a formal report like we have seen in the past.  The visitation team will provide some comments, and they will take what they have learned from this pilot visit to improve accreditation next year.

 Have a great week,

Jubal C. Yennie, Superintendent
Albany County School District One

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