Weekly Message

Superintendent W. Jeffrey Booker poses with children at Gardner Park Elementary  
Superintendent's Weekly Message for April 24, 2017
Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed spring break and had time to relax and reenergize as we now look forward to the final seven weeks of school. It will be a busy time for us with end-of-year testing, recognition programs, graduation, and other activities.

We know the overall success of our schools should not be based solely on test scores because there are so many other factors to consider when determining how well we are doing. However, state testing is the practice used to measure academic growth and student achievement, and we want our students to do their best.

Our teachers and school staffs are already focused on the end-of-grade and end-of-course tests that begin in a few weeks. With test time upon us, it is important for parents to remember the following tips:

▪ Make sure your child is at school every day unless he or she is sick.
▪ Encourage your child to take the tests seriously, but without creating anxiety.
▪ Avoid conflict before your child leaves for school on test day.
▪ Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats breakfast.
▪ Ask your child’s teacher about what you can do at home to help your child.

We are very proud of what our students and employees have done this year to focus on quality teaching and learning, and we anticipate celebrating the positive results of their hard work and commitment to excellence.
W. Jeffrey Booker
Superintendent of Schools
Southwest Region Superintendent of the Year, 2016-2017 
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