Dear Moreland Families,
The fall calls out many themes of gratitude, safety, and celebrations in our schools. As Moreland’s Superintendent, I am grateful for the collaboration and care this community shows toward each other. With many reasons to be grateful and show thanks, I appreciate the unique days and months given as an opportunity to honor those who do so much. October 2, 2021, is School Custodian Appreciation Day and the month of October is National Principal Month. I’d like to give a shout out to both of these incredible positions in our schools who do so much behind-the-scenes work to make our schools a safe and nurturing place for students and create the conditions necessary for the excellent learning that takes place in our classrooms.
During the month of October, we also take the time to focus on additional precautions that keep our communities safe. This month, all 7 Moreland schools and the District Office will participate in the Great Shake-Out, an international day to practice earthquake drills and prepare district-wide in the event of such an emergency. Moreland also will hold a Citizenship Week for all Transitional Kindergarten - 8th grade students, teaching digital citizenship lessons that take on real challenges and digital dilemmas that students face, giving them the skills they need to succeed as digital learners and leaders, as well as in-person reminders of what safe, respectful behavior looks like on school campuses. It’s so important to help students reflect on how both their in-person and digital lives impact their social and emotional well-being, as well as to put these lessons into practice. With our return to in-person instruction and 1:1 Chromebook roll-out, coupled with our Internet safety precautions, Moreland is proud to add these additional layers meant to engage students and support them in creating their personal and digital roadmap during their time in Moreland and beyond.
I am also honored to share that we have six Moreland teachers finishing up their second year in the Wipro Science Fellowship Program with Stanford Graduate School of Education. These teachers were selected from a rigorous selection process and will build on the teaching experience of the selected educators strengthening leadership skills and rigor within the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines by leveraging expert research practices from Stanford. Each teacher continues to teach in their respective school and also collaborates with local communities and other interested teachers throughout the program. The program aims to bring out leadership, reflective practices, and professional development among the participating teachers. At the end of the multi-year program, participants will continue as part of the STEM Urban Learning & Leadership Community, an advocacy group for STEM learning among urban students. Read more about the teachers selected and the program here.
Join us at our upcoming Board Meetings on October 12th and 26th at 6pm to learn more about events and recognitions happening around the district, such as these, and hear from students making a difference in our local community, as well as share any feedback you may have. You can also sign-up to receive exciting district-wide press releases and announcements here. Together, we are moving forward together.
Dr. Clover Codd