Dear Moreland Families,
It is my sincere hope that your child(ren) and family have had an incredible start to this school year. In these past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to visit school sites and have been humbled to witness our students, staff, and parents so excited and renewed to begin this school year. It brings me great joy to be in schools, listening to staff and students, as they express how great this year feels. Things finally feel like we are returning to “normal,” or at least more familiar.
As educators, we know that the needs of our students are greater now more than ever. My job as superintendent is to make sure our teachers and leaders have the tools necessary to create a strong, well-rounded instructional program, while accelerating student learning and supporting well-being. Personalizing instruction and making sure we are able to differentiate learning for students at various levels will be a focus this year as we launch our new i-Ready assessment for reading and mathematics. i-Ready allows teachers to determine student’s needs, plan for targeted instruction, and monitor progress throughout the year. Teachers will work collaboratively during full day “data collaboration” days to look at the information gleaned from iReady, along with other student work to discuss students’ strengths and areas for growth. You will hear more about your child’s learning during elementary fall conferences and middle school reporting periods.
Our students' well-being is also an essential part of supporting the whole child and ensuring success in school. As many people return to school with excitement and anticipation, we understand that the first few weeks of school can also feel overwhelming. Moreland places a high priority on the social and emotional health of our community and we are committed to making every effort to address sources of distress and extend flexibility where possible. Beginning this year, Moreland is proud to offer Care Solace for our community of students, staff, and families. Care Solace is a free, online resource with a live, multilingual Care Concierge meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health-related programs and counseling services. Care Solace's web-based system works alongside Moreland’s multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) as a tool for school staff and families to connect with community-based mental healthcare resources and providers. Learn more about how you can access this free service here.
One of the most beloved events for our entire Moreland community is returning this year and they are looking for volunteers! The Moreland Education Foundation’s (MEF) Pumpkin Patch is scheduled for October 14 - 31, 2022. I know there are some really exciting events being planned for our Pumpkin Patch, including our famous haunted (and family-friendly) trail and Terrifying Tunes music concert. If you have the time, or maybe have a high school student who needs service hours, you can sign-up to assist them and learn more here.
I’d also like to encourage you to sign-up to receive our latest district news and announcements, that includes press releases and Board Meeting email updates, as well as follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter. Moreland has such a remarkable community of schools, families, and neighbors, and we’re thrilled to be able to share our extraordinary part with you.
Thank you for your partnership and support.
Dr. Clover Codd