Mr. James A. Estep
Secretary to the Superintendent:
Ms. Carly A. Lynch
717-248-0148 ext. 2550
Areas of emphasis within Mifflin County School District for the 2016-2017 school year .
For the 2016-2017 school year we will be starting the 14th year of emphasizing twelve traits of character. Each nine weeks concentrates on one such character trait. With the support of the Mifflin County School District Board we have established the traits we will emphasize.
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School Year 2016-2017
[ Responsibility - Honesty - Respect - Optimism ]
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Mr. James Estep, Superintendent of the Mifflin County School District, has, according to the Board of Directors of the Mifflin County School District, either met or exceeded or is making progress toward all five goals mutually agreed upon by Mr. Estep and the Board for the 2015-16 school year: elementary curriculum, secondary curriculum, finance, facilities, and business/community partnerships.
1. High performing districts believe parents and students are their customers and expect high quality customer service within every level of the organization.
2. High performing districts have high expectations and believe that all children can learn. This is engrained in the district culture.
3. High performing districts collaboratively develop K-12 systems that support personalized learning and quality instruction.
Superintendent's Goal Areas 16-17
All 16-17 goal areas should support the Superintendent's ongoing district-wide goal of continuous improvement in the areas of customer service and personalized/customized learning experiences for our students. The district-wide goal areas of customer service and personalized/customized learning were made clear beginning in August, 2010, and reiterated every year since then. These overarching goals have not and will not change.
Continue training in and implementation of Guided Reading, Writer's Workshop and in use of running records to inform instruction. Utilize CRA (concrete/representational/abstract) methodology in delivery of mathematics instruction. Implement Phase I of Curriculum-Based Reporting of student progress K-3.
Work with The Academy Director and secondary guidance to utilize 16-17 school year to recruit additional students for year 2 of new Mechatronics program for Fall of 17-18. Work with Director of The Academy to identify area workforce adult education needs. Work with Director of Secondary Education to implement ongoing cyclical training of all AP teachers via The College Board. Research potential additions to AP Course selections for high school students, possibly targeting AP Spanish, Psychology, and Art.
Work internally with business office to evaluate alternative financial and payroll platform options for possible implementation in 17-18 fiscal year. Continue legislative advocacy on charter school funding reform, reimbursement of school construction funds, and equitable funding for rural schools.
Develop cost estimates and timeline for air conditioning Lewistown Intermediate School, with goal of having a/c in place by Spring of 2017. Continue work with Director of Buildings/Grounds to establish comprehensive facilities plan, including any additional building renovations deemed necessary.
V. Business/Community Partnerships
Continue to develop relationships with business/community organizations via district presence at Chamber Business and Education meetings, County Strategic Planning Initiatives, as well as Rotary and Kiwanis meetings when invited to speak or attend. Additionally, support directors of The Academy in their efforts to cultivate business and industry relationships through site visits, Occupational Advisory Committees, etc., continue support of student college and career fairs via partnerships with CareerLink and local Chamber of Commerce.
It is our belief that responsible students grow up to be responsible adults. There are no secrets, but the students must practice some habits like: Setting goals, Planning their time, Studying every day, Taking notes in class, Keeping commitments, and Proper preparation.