Superintendent’s Message - February/March 2018
Dear Moreland Community,
In Moreland School District, we hold our students to high academic standards, yet we also value our role in helping children learn about the importance of treating others with kindness, showing tolerance for differences, and developing skills which build a strong community. Our students and staff participate in many programs that encourage and promote these beliefs.
All of our schools participate in Project Cornerstone. Project Cornerstone is an organization that provides programs and services to individuals and communities to build a web of support around young people so that they grow into healthy, caring, and responsible adults. Parent volunteers read stories through the ABC Reader and Los Dichos programs, focused on kindness and tolerance then lead discussions about how through kindness a better community for all is achieved. Throughout the years, Moreland staff, students, parents, and schools have been honored as nominees for the Asset Champion Awards. Just last year, Baker School won the Caring School Climate Award and was recognized at their annual Asset Champion Breakfast in March.
On February 1st and 2nd, 57 Moreland staff attended a grant funded trip to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles to attend the Tools for Tolerance Educator Workshop. The Museum of Tolerance partners with schools to promote anti-bias education, inclusion, and equity through this unique professional development experience. This was our second year taking staff to the museum and many who attended last year created Project Based Learning modules on tolerance and kindness with their students.
Finally, Moreland is proud to support a partnership with West Valley Community Services (WVCS). Every 1st, 3rd, and 5th week of the month, WVCS’s Food Pantry Truck parks in the Moreland School District parking lot and provides food, financial planning, housing assistance information, and access to legal resources to families in need. In this way, we model for our students the importance of community and helping others.
The community which surrounds Moreland School District is unique and provides a supportive environment for students to learn and thrive. Together, the staff and students are active members in our community with a strong focus on attention to others.
Mary Kay Going