As we begin the 2013-14 school year, I want to let everyone know that I have started a blog. For those of you not familiar with a blog, here is the definition from Wikipedia:
A blog (a contraction of the words web log) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject.
I will be using this site to publish current information and successes of our students and staff. I will also spotlight specific events too!
You can find my blog by clicking on the link below:
1. Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation will remain financially stable with the operating balance in the General Fund being maintained at minimum of 5% and to be proactive in addressing future financial needs that may impact the minimum level of operation. Rainy Day Fund maintained at a 5% level of the monies that can be transferred from the approved funds.
Indicators for Stability and Pro-activity:
A. Positive balances in the monthly and year-end financial reports
B. General Fund has continuous growth in the operating balance
C. Increased enrollment
D. Fully-funded programs
2. Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation will provide a viable, articulated curriculum taught by highly qualified teachers who use best practices informed by data derived from authentic assessments focused on the operating philosophy of continuous quality improvement incorporated in the S-DCSC Strategic Plan.
Indicators for Continuous Quality Improvement in the areas of Curriculum creation, Researched Best Practices, and Formative/Summative Assessments are:
A. Curriculum mapping utilized to articulate curriculum 12-K vertically and horizontally
B. Professional Development is provided for board members, administrators teachers and support staff to improve curriculum development, instructional practices and assessment practices
C. Alignment of curriculum to Indiana Common Core Standards
D. Utilize targets, strategies and action plans outlined in the S-DCSC strategic plan
3. Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation will continue to provide opportunities for student, staff, parents and community involvement in the school corporation to communicate effectively at all levels.
Indicators for Maintaining Communication and Involvement:
A. Continue monitoring of web site with daily announcements and regularly updated information
B. Continue monitoring of administration to staff communication
C. Continue monitoring of school to parent communication
D. Continue monitoring student participation in school activities
E. Provide opportunities for public comments, S-DEA comments, Principal reports at all regularly scheduled monthly board meetings
4. Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation will continue to provide safe schools for students, staff, administration and the community.
Indicators for Safety:
A. Each building will have a school safety specialist
B. Each building will practice safety measures for man-made and natural disasters
C. Each facility will have procedures in place to protect occupants of each building through a school safety plan.
D. Each bus will have a safety evacuation plan that is reviewed and practiced.
E. Continue to work with community resources to provide training and protection.
F. Provide stronger external security measures for building entry