September 1, 2014
Dear USD #416 Wildcat Family,
I hope all students and families have had an enjoyable beginning to the 2014-2015 school year. I understand the start of a new school year brings uncertainties and new discoveries. Hopefully, each student has been able to settle into a daily routine and school is going well. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or the school office.
During the school year, our staff will be concentrating on professional learning and development in two key areas: MTSS and KCCRS. MTSS, or Multi-Tier Systems of Support, is a continuous multi-step process of providing instruction and support to promote the academic and behavioral success of all children. Individual student’s progress is monitored and results are used to make decisions about further instruction and intervention. The four main components to our MTSS structure are: mathematics, reading, behavior, and family engagement. We know parents play a critical role as their child’s first teacher. We want to support the home learning environment and keep a positive partnership between the home and our schools. MTSS is not a special education program. Instead, through MTSS, all USD #416 students are involved in the instructional process and learning supports. Through MTSS, the district not only provides remedial help, but provides supports for students at grade level and above with enrichment opportunities. Our schools have scheduled time to allow this type of differentiation to take place during a targeted time. We are excited to move forward with MTSS and provide each student an educational experience that supports our vision to help each student enjoy success in post-secondary education, the workforce, and life.
The other item teachers and staff continue to learn are the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards, or KCCRS. The Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS) are a critical part of our state’s plan to support teachers as they prepare all students for success in college and or a career. These education standards provide a clear set of shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills in English language arts and mathematics that will help our students succeed. Moving far beyond simply memorizing facts and figures, the new standards will challenge our students to develop a deeper understanding of subject matter, learn how to think critically and apply what they are learning to the real world. Kansas has added another 15% into the standards in mathematics and English language arts. This has allowed Kansas educators to place content items that they deem important and appropriately for Kansas students. It is important to support the KCCRS because everyone should be supporting every student to achieve success in a post-high school setting, whether that is college or another career path. The KCCRS provide this foundation and rigor to make this possible.
Dr. Brian R. Biermann, Superintendent of Schools
Louisburg USD #416