If you are like me, you are anticipating the end
of winter and looking forward with enthusiasm to a busy spring! From now until
the end of the school year, our calendar is full of activities that will engage
our students and our community. I look forward to seeing you at spring fairs,
arts night, spring musicals, concerts, and athletic events.
The spring months are also a busy time for
student recognition at the School Board level. We will honor student achievers
at our School Board meetings in March, April, May and June. I look forward to
honoring the outstanding accomplishments of our student musicians, engineers,
athletes, artists, spellers, and others who earned distinction in a variety of
areas this year. We truly are a district of excellence. I look forward to
highlighting some of the many ways that excellence is demonstrated in our
April is also a month of testing. The PSSA window
opens on April 13 and runs through the beginning of May. While Great Valley has
never been a district that focuses its instruction only on standardized tests,
these assessments are often the measurement tool our public uses to evaluate
us. The data is also used to guide instruction in our classrooms. And so while
we continue our mission of focusing on the whole child, we also ask parents to
reinforce with students that these assessments should be taken seriously.
Information about the state’s School Performance Profile and mandated
standardized assessments is available on our web site.
As your superintendent, I take
great pride in our students, our family involvement, our staff, and our
community. As you browse our web site, I hope that you, too, will share my
pride in our outstanding district.
Alan J. Lonoconus
Superintendent of Schools