Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Welcome Back!

I'd like to welcome all students, staff and families back to the Wachusett Regional School District for the 2015-2016 school year.  The following letter was shared with all families and published in the Landmark earlier this month:

Dear Wachusett Families:

Another summer has come and gone and we are embarking upon another school year here at Wachusett.  We have had a busy summer preparing for our first day of school, September 2nd, by making sure that the buildings have been cleaned, materials have been ordered and received, and the curriculum is ready to go.  As we continue to make plans for another terrific year, I would like take this time to share some information with you about our district.

One of the most exciting aspects of this coming school year will be the ongoing construction and completion of the new Mountview Middle School in Holden.  As you travel down Shrewsbury Street, you will note that there is now a brick facade on the building and the exterior looks almost complete.  On the interior of the building, classrooms and learning spaces are beginning to take shape with framing, walls, and finish work in progress.  We are excited the project is meeting the projected timeline and look forward to the grand opening in 2016.

In conjunction with our infrastructure growth, our vision for the District continues to expand as we work on the development of the WRSD Strategic Plan.  Our school district is well poised to provide a visionary strategic plan that will take us into the next five years of learning in all schools.  We are committed to a collaborative, open planning process in which feedback and discussions are vital aspects of synthesizing our unified goals.  I am confident that this process will improve our district and strengthen our community.  I will be sharing more information with you on this front this fall.

A core value that makes our district special is that we are committed to putting children first.  As we embark upon the new academic year, I was pleased to lead a two day administrative retreat in which building principals and Central Office administration focused on all aspects of what is best for kids.  We used viable measures, such as data analysis, student learning outcomes, vision statements, and goals around what makes learning possible for all students to improve the prospects of student learning and enrichment.  By bringing all decisions back to the statement what is best for kids we further established a culture that honors the best interests of students with every decision that we make.  Through this process and moving forward, we will continue to revisit our values as educators and also convey those educational values to the Wachusett community.

As we work to ensure a successful year, please know that I appreciate the work that everyone in our community does to provide what is best for kids.  Good luck to all of our students, families, and staff this coming school year, and thank you for your continued support of the Wachusett Regional School District.  I look forward to seeing you at the start of the school year. 

Darryll McCall

Superintendent of Schools