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From The Desk of Mr. Dicks - September 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Kirkwood Enrollment Increases

 

I just received some preliminary enrollment numbers for Washington County Regional Center for the Fall 2016 term. With this only being the second year, enrollments are showing a strong upward trend. At this time last year, the Center had 220 students from 6 area school districts, compared to 245 students for the Fall of 2016. This trend of increased enrollment is a great reminder of the opportunities available to the students not only in Washington Community School, but also for the surrounding districts. Our students have a great luxury by having this in our community.

 

Last year, the number of credits earned by Washington Community District students was valued at over $276,000 in tuition that our parents will not have to pay. While not each and every class is guaranteed to transfer, more and more flexibility is being shown by all colleges to accept these credits. This is similar to the same dilemma students could face by taking Advanced Placement (AP) if they are unable to earn a qualifying score at the end of the term, the credit doesn’t transfer. If your student participates at Kirkwood, you will not be faced with 5 years of postsecondary expenses, but rather they should be finishing a 4 year degree in 3 years. What an advantage for our students. We also have a few students on pace to actually receive their Associate of Arts(AA) degree while in high school. While this is not a plan of study for all students, it is nice to know that it is possible.

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 20 2016 06:41
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Welcome to another school year! PDF Print E-mail

As the Superintendent for the Washington CSD, I would like to personally welcome back students, parents, and faculty for the 2016-17 school year. I am excited for the opportunities and things happening in our district as we embark on another school year.

 

The Stewart project that will house a daycare and new preschool classrooms is progressing very well. Our initial hope was to occupy the building by January 2017, but it appears we will beat that by a long shot. It is to early to put a hard date to occupancy, but if all continues to progress, we could be in by Thanksgiving. Because we must move students out before Stewart West before it can be demolished, we are not sure that the parking and drop off can be completed until spring. So while the timeline is exciting, there will be challenges because of the demolition of Stewart West and the impending paving of the parking lot that will be weather dependent.

Last Updated on Thursday, July 28 2016 07:45
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From The Desk of Mr. Dicks - May 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Kindergarten Round Up

 

We have held kindergarten round up and Mr. Miller, Principal at Stewart reports approximately 120 students have been registered. If things run as normal, we also get an additional 10 students in the Fall. This would give us approximately 130 kindergarten students for next year. This is about average across our K-12 system, but our with our 3 largest classes in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade next year at 144, 145, and 156 respectively. We can predict general trends, but until we hit official count day of October 1st, it is only speculative.

 

It is always good to see solid numbers coming to Kindergarten. If we would continue with 120-130 in each new kindergarten class, we would only be down approximately 90 students by 2020. Again, this is only speculative in nature, but we will need to continually be monitoring our expenses and our enrollment as we move forward.

Last Updated on Friday, May 20 2016 10:17
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From The Desk of Mr. Dicks - April 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Workplace Visits

 

On April 13, our K-12 teaching staff participated in workplace visits during their professional development time. What a great experience for our teachers to be able to learn about industries in Washington as well as see applications of their curriculum. I have heard so much about this activity, that has been going on for 4 years, and I was equally impressed with the opportunity to visit 1 of the participating 8 businesses.

 

It is very easy for education to have our head in the sand when it comes to connecting our curriculum with the real-world, because our teachers have spent 12 years as a K-12 student, plus 4 more years for their degree, and then most went right into the classroom. That means they have spent most of their life in the school system either as a student or teacher. When I became a high school principal in 2004, I remember having conversations with our staff about bringing relevance to our teaching and I had a veteran Calculus teacher tell me, “that is really hard for me because I have spent my entire adult life in school”.

Last Updated on Friday, April 29 2016 06:57
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