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†††††††††††Superintendentís Message 2015-2016

Welcome back, faculty, staff, students and families!
We are excited and enthusiastic as we embark upon the 2015-2016 school year.† We have spent the summer in preparation for the challenges and changes that the year will bring. †We continue to work diligently on improving the educational environment and opportunities that we provide our students. We were successful in completing many capital improvements over the summer months. Every school in the district was fortunate to have at least one major project as well as other minor projects completed.† The long awaited and much anticipated second access to Case HS has been completed as well. The road has been named Cardinal Way.† We are confident that this second access will provide the safety and security that was our main priority throughout this process.† We believe it will also allow for more expedient entering and exiting for the entire community at the start of school and at dismissal, as well as for the safety and convenience for our entire community as a polling place, meeting venue and emergency shelter.† We were also able to complete the transformation of the library at Case High School from its original state in 1975 to a 21st Century Learning Common that will meet the needs of our students and community for years to come.
†† The school department is responsible for evaluating the educational practices of the District to ensure that each student is being provided appropriate opportunities for academic, social and emotional success.† This work is reflected in the District Improvement Plan [DIP].† A committee was developed in June of 2015 to embark upon this very important task which was completed over the summer as well.† Our committee was inclusive of central office administrators, building administrators, teachers, parents and school committee members which were representative of kindergarten through grade twelve.† The committee reviewed the current DIP and through a collaborative effort made the necessary changes to keep the Swansea Public Schools on the path to success that it has enjoyed for several years.† Included in the DIP are a new Mission and Vision Statement and revised Core Values as well as six major goal areas as set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education [DESE].† Each goal is addressed within the plan by outlining specific objectives to meet each goal.† Our Core Values are interwoven throughout all of the goals and objectives to ensure that the plan reflects the values developed as part of the Districtís overall educational focus:
Goal 1: Curriculum, Instruction and Evaluation
Goal 2: Teacher Quality and Professional Development
Goal 3: †Human Resource Management
Goal 4: Leadership, Governance and Communication
Goal 5: Financial and asset Management Effectiveness and Efficiency



Core Values:
Sharing communication among all stakeholders
Working collaboratively with the community
Authentic learning opportunities
Nurturing, safe educational environments
Strengthening higher order thinking skills
Engaging students as active learners
Accountability in academic excellence and integrity

Mission Statement:
To provide opportunities and pathways in a safe, supportive and technology-rich environment that engage, challenge and inspire students to achieve college and career readiness and to contribute to our 21st century community.
Vision Statement:
Public education in Swansea is a collaborative effort among staff, faculty, students, parents and the community; we seek to challenge, inspire, and bring the joy of learning to all students.† Guided by our Core Values, we will provide all students opportunities to become lifelong learners who excel academically, socially and personally. Our goal is to empower students to contribute actively to the civic, moral and economic spirit of our diverse democratic community and society.

The Swansea Public Schools seeks to embrace community collaboration and involvement and, as such, invites all stakeholders to review the plan and provide feedback for us to consider.† To review the plan, please go to the Swansea Public Schools website homepage.† Your feedback can be directed to Mr. John Robidoux, Assistant Superintendent at jrobidoux@swanseaschools.org.

Your continued support of the Swansea Public Schools is greatly appreciated.† We value your communication and cooperation and thank you for helping us make the Swansea Public Schools the fine system that it is and for providing us with the resources to continue our pursuit of excellence and ensuring the students of Swansea receive the best possible education.
Sincerely,
Robert G. Monteiro
Superintendent of Schools
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