From the Superintendent's Desk
By Superintendent Charles J. Deery
I hope you share my anticipation and excitement about beginning a new school year. Our staff is looking forward to working with parents and community members to provide great opportunities for our children.
A great deal of behind-the-scenes work goes into getting our schools ready for the start of a new year. Custodians and maintenance workers have worked hard all summer to clean and prepare our facilities. Secretaries and other support personnel have been busy ordering and checking in supplies and materials, and preparing student schedules. Principals and their staff have hired new teachers. Teachers have been busy updating their skills, working on curriculum, and preparing class materials. My compliments and thanks to all our staff members for their efforts in preparing us for another year!
September is always an exciting time as students return to bring life to our buildings once again. The quiet hallways and classrooms fill with the joy of seeing friends for the first time in months, the discussions of who has changed the most over the summer, and the anticipation of meeting new teachers and classmates. Walk into any school on the first day – especially an elementary school – and you can literally FEEL the energy in the air!
And, the good news is that you can get in on some of this fun and excitement! Our school activities are open to the public, and have always been well-attended and supported by the Brodhead community. Whether your interest lies in sports, music, or drama – and I know for many of you, it’s all of the above as long as Brodhead kids are involved --- you are sure to find some quality entertainment in our schools. If you haven’t been to a school event in awhile, you really should stop in and see what you’ve been missing.
For those who have the time and interest to get more personally involved, we are always looking for volunteers to help out in classrooms during the school day, or to help out with activities or trips outside the classroom or school day. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please discuss your interests and availability with one of our building principals.
Finally, I would ask two things of our parents, as we work together to make this the best year yet for our children. First, please make regular school attendance a priority for your child. Research tells us this is the number one factor affecting success in school. If you get them here every day, we will do our very best to help them find success. Second, please keep in touch with your teachers. Too often, parents are afraid to “bother” the teacher, when that is exactly what the teacher wants them to do. We want and appreciate your input, as you are your child’s first teacher and the person who knows them best. If we work together on these two tasks, our children will understand the importance of their education, and we’ll get their best effort.
We cannot be successful without the strong support of parents and the community that we’ve enjoyed in the past. On behalf of everyone at school, let me thank you for that. We’re looking forward to another great year!