Dear Students, Parents, Staff and Community,
As the 2012 year comes to a close, I would like to say how deeply appreciative I am for parent and community support of Stanly County Schools in the past year. Despite the challenging financial circumstances surrounding our school system, you have remained steadfast in supporting our schools through countless hours of volunteer time and by providing classroom teachers with extra supplies and materials.
Our staff continues to work diligently and to do the important work of educating children affordably and efficiently during a time of profound changes to public education at the state and national levels. Our classroom and district instructional staff accepted the challenge of implementing a new curriculum, the Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards, with a positive attitude and a desire to do what is best for students. Our teachers have integrated technology into student assessment, to access instructional resources and as a tool for collaborating with each other.
I am constantly amazed at the desire of our students and staff to help those who are less fortunate. During the past year, they have organized and participated in a variety of civic and community fund raisers such as; Relay For Life, Jump Rope For Heart, United Way, Special Olympics, angel trees during the holiday season, and many other worthy fund raisers. Our seniors demonstrate their passion to help others or make Stanly County a better place to live through their graduation projects. Within hours of hearing about the Newtown Connecticut tragedy our schools were asking how they could help. Our schools reflect the same caring and giving spirit as found within our community.
As I look ahead to 2013, I see multiple opportunities for our school system to move forward. We must leverage the power of technology to expand course offerings and improve existing programs. We must continue to strengthen our literacy program, especially in the middle grades. We must nurture and develop additional partnerships with institutions of higher learning. Together our schools and community will forge ahead into 2013 as a “world class system of excellence, ensuring success for every student while improving the quality of our community in this ever-changing world.”
Dr. Terry Griffin
Stanly County Schools