Dr. Nick Klemisch

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Dear families of Garrison Public Schools,

This school year we will have two major initiatives, one for each building.  The elementary school will be implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and the high school will have Flex-Mod Scheduling.  Simply put, we will be providing more frequent and/or intensive interventions to those students who need it based on data collection and classroom performance.  This is not a new process, as it has been around for a number of years.  Nevertheless, in order to do it well we were in need of building the capacity to implement it.  It will be a requirement in the upcoming years for all schools to complete this with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.  Flex-mod scheduling has been discussed at great length this past year and several of our patrons, staff, and students were afforded the opportunity to see it first-hand within our neighboring schools.  The intent behind flex-mod scheduling is to provide students more educational opportunities and afford them greater opportunities to be supported with their studies.  Time is often the greatest motivator for students and this schedule will account for this.  In addition, we will continue year two of the Nurtured Heart Approach.  All staff will be provided refresher training on this and new staff will receive the entire training.

We will continue to have early outs every Wednesday beginning the second week of school and have early dismissals 4 times again this year.  This will allow our staff to continue to dive deeper into the Professional Learning Community (PLC) process.  Another four teachers attended this training the end of June and I was also able to accompany them.  In addition, our elementary school received approval to move from Targeted Title to Schoolwide Title.  This will be another great opportunity for us to meet the needs of students who may not qualify for special services and eliminate the requirement of being able to provide supports to a select group of students within the elementary school as defined by Targeted Title.  Mrs. Fuller also submitted a grant for the healthy fruits and vegetables, which was approved once again.  This will provide healthy snack options for our elementary students.  Thank you Mrs. Fuller.

 

My goals for the 2018-2019 school year are as follows:

  1. Provide the best education possible for all students to prepare them for life upon graduation
  2. Successful Implementation of MTSS
  3. Successful Implementation of the Flex-Mod Scheduling
  4. Long-Range Capital Maintenance Plan

Should you have any questions, please call me at 701-463-2818 or email.