2017-09-10 / Viewpoints

Chalk Talk

By Anthony Berthiaume
Superintendent New Lothrop Area Schools

This edition of Chalk Talk is an excellent opportunity for me to update our parents, students, staff, and the community on the events of our district. Obviously, the first few weeks of school have brought nervousness and excitement for our students. Prior to the start of school, we held two events: our Kindergarten - 12 Open Houses and Seventh Grade/New Student Orientation. Our goal was to reduce the anxiety that students and parents may have been feeling. Hopefully, each of these events brought you and your child a sense of ease and comfort knowing they will be in a district focused on high expectations (academic and behavioral), safety, and a warm and productive learning environment for all students.

These first weeks of school have also been filled with many student activities and sporting events. In addition, Homecoming is scheduled for the week of Sept. 11-15. This will be a great week to show our Hornet pride throughout the schools and community. Our PreKindergarten - 12 staff and students are looking forward to a fun-packed week of activities including dress-up days, powder-puff game, pep assemblies, and a Homecoming parade which will lead up to our Homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 15 starting at 7 p.m. against Bentley High School. I would like to thank our Kindergarten - 12 student council officers and advisors, Mrs. Michelle Perry, Ms. Denelle Duranso, and Mrs. Barb Andres, for their time and effort in preparation to make this year’s Homecoming a huge success!

Another priority of the district is to continue our communication with all stakeholders by providing a District Facebook page to observe and celebrate our students and staff. Our Facebook page can be located at: https:// www.facebook.com/New-Lothrop-Area-Public- Schools-108538526495807/. Information posted will include links to positive stories involving our students and the district, photos and information regarding school related events, and recognition of students and staff and their accomplishments.

Our PreKindergarten - 12 Team anticipates another successful school year. We look forward to working with you and your child. It is our goal to keep the high standards that New Lothrop has set forth and focus on preparing students for their future successes. We, as educators, are very humbled with the trust you place in our staff and take great pride in making sure we offer the best education possible in a safe and productive learning environment. Thank you in advance for your continued support and dedication towards our students and school district. I am looking forward to an exciting and successful 2017-2018 school year and beyond. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me, my office phone number is (810) 638-5091.

Yours in Education,
Anthony Berthiaume, Ph.D.
Superintendent

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