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Dear Parents & Community Partners:

It has been a wonderful start to the school year for students and educators, and hopefully for you as well. Everyone has returned ready to teach and learn. It has been a pleasure to visit each of the district’s 29 schools, including our Early Childhood Center, during the school day and for open houses and curriculum nights.

During my visits, I have seen students engaged in learning, the production of work, completion of assessments to determine prior knowledge, and the initiation of projects. I have been most impressed with  the focus on individual students and their progress.

We are working to improve our bus schedules as we adapt to significant changes made this school year. We increased the length of the elementary school day and modified the starting and ending times at most schools. Some additional adjustments will likely be made in the coming weeks to ensure greater efficiency and assurance of using all instructional time without late arrivals or disruptions at the end of the school day.

We are focusing a great deal of our attention to the implementation of Project Parkway, the district’s five-year strategic plan. We are digging into strategies and actions that will enhance our mission: “to ensure all students are capable, curious and confident learners who understand and respond to the challenges of an ever-changing world.” 

I invite you to the first of four Project Parkway events on Monday evening, September 19, at Central High, 369 North Woods Mill Road. The activities that evening will allow you to get information on present 2011-12 work, as well as lay the groundwork for future Project Parkway initiatives. We need community and parent participation in this important work.

I would also draw your attention to information contained in this communication on 2012-13 proposed boundary changes that may impact residents of the Craig, McKelvey, River Bend and Ross communities. Please note meetings we have scheduled for later in the month and early October.

I must tell you how excited I am to be in the Parkway School District. The district has a long history of academic excellence and outstanding alumni achievement. But we are at a challenging time for public education. We have been called on to not only teach all children, but to ensure each and every child achieves and has success in the Parkway Schools. To do that requires a strong Parkway bond between administrators, teachers, parents, and the greater community. We must all work together for the sake of our children. Each one of them is an investment in the future.

Continued best wishes. I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming weeks and months.  If you use Twitter as a communication tool, you might be interested in following me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Parkwaysupt.

Keith Marty