At Central Fulton School District, we ensure that every learner feels like they are a Very Important Person in our schools...because they are! With a VIP theme this year, we feel our year has started out with a strong focus on our students. Our goal is to ensure that we truly are preparing our learners for their own personalized next steps in their educational journey, as stated in our district mission statement:
CF SPARTANS: Continually Focused on Student Preparation And Readiness To Achieve Next Steps
To promote our VIP status, Christina Ramsey joins us as the new Middle/High School Principal and Jessica Curfman joins us as the new Assistant MS/HS Principal. Together, these ladies are ensuring that every stakeholder knows their importance in the education of our students.
With the recent renovations to the elementary school, Alicia Mellott (Elementary Principal) and Billie Jo Beatty (Assistant Elementary Principal) have ensured the ideal learning environment for our learners. They held a grand opening for families in mid-September. With a new roof, updated heating and cooling system, new carpet, fresh paint, and well-designed furniture, students can come to a place optimal for learning.
We've added a few new staff members to help us along this VIP path. We welcome Stephanie Beckner (High School English), Garrett Fix (High School Learning Support), Adrienne Stoner (MS/HS Physical Education), Connie Brown (paraeducator), and Susan Fraker (paraeducator). Our new Health Room Technician is Sally Gresty, and our new Transportation Coordinator/Superintendent Secretary is Judy Messersmith. Of course, I am new to the school district this year as well but not new to the community.
To help us focus on preparing our students for the future, our guidance counselors will be leading new career initiatives to lead students to find their gifts, talents, and strengths so they can find their passion in a career choice. With the new career readiness benchmarks for Grades 5, 8, & 11, we will be improving our tracking system for students. We want our students to graduate from CFSD with a clear focus on their potential.
Along with this new career focus, many of our staff members are engaged in a book study, Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning: Learning in the Age of Empowerment by Charles Schwahn and Beatrice McGarvey. We are utilizing this book's content to help us build a vision together of what a Central Fulton education will look like beyond the Industrial Age model of education. Yes, the Industrial Model of education was created in the 1800's, and many schools are still replicating this framework. We want to personalize every child's educational pathway to best meet their needs in this technology-driven world. Our mentality of "if we build it, they will come," will keep our students in school, focused on their unique strengths, and on making learning meaningful in this ever-changing world. We want to really focus on our learners and be learners ourselves! Therefore, we will "passionately promote a vision for education that is intrinsically motivating to young learners" (Schwahn & McGarvey, p. xiii, 2012).
In order to fuel this new enthusiasm for the future of public education, we will look at the whole child - academically, socially, emotionally, physically, and creatively. Using Victoria Bernhardt's model of continuous improvement, we will collect data on much more than test scores. We will look at perceptions, demographics, and school processes as well. We know that test scores are important, but they certainly aren't the entire picture of a student's success. We also want our students to be able to collaborate, communicate, think critically, and use their creativity to make the world a better place. You can't measure those things with a single test score. And quite frankly, our students are worth more than a test score!
Together, we can build a brighter future for our learners with everyone's focus on ensuring that everyone feels like the VIP!
Yours in Education,
Dr. Michelle D. Hall
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
- Anne Frank