SUPERINTENDENT’S CORNER: Today is the first day of the rest of your school life

By LAURA HAMMACK, guest columnist

The date of publication for this issue of The Democrat marks a very special day, indeed.

Aug. 10 is the first day of school for the students who attend Brown County Schools. We are so excited to welcome the boys and girls of our school community back to their classrooms, where a promising year awaits.

Our teams have been working very hard over the summer to get our curriculum and facilities in top-notch condition so that our students can access the world-class educational programming that makes this school district so special.

I am so grateful for the support of our district team members who make our opening school day one that is exceptional for the students and families we serve.

Over the course of this school year, our district will be making an intentional effort to provide the knowledge and skills that students need in order to be prepared for college and/or careers upon their graduation from Brown County High School. We believe that it takes a mapped curriculum across the grade spans of pre-K to 12 to appropriately prepare students for their next step once they receive their diplomas.

Our goal is to ensure that all students have a plan for their future that begins the day after their graduation.

The state legislature and the Indiana Department of Education require school districts to develop plans for the implementation of “college and career readiness” skills. In support of this requirement, they adopted the implementation of the new Indiana academic standards in April 2014 that were validated as “college and career ready.”

This means that students who successfully master these objectives defining what they should know and be able to do in math and English/language arts disciplines by the time they graduate from high school will be ready to go directly into the workplace or a post-secondary educational opportunity without the need of remediation.

With an aligned focus on the implementation and mastery of these standards, we believe this is one piece of the comprehensive puzzle that allows for students to be ready to access their college and/or career goals.

Our district will be coordinating a team of educators who will map our college and career readiness strategies over the course of the pre-K through 12th grade experience. Students will have opportunities to engage in activities that will identify their own strengths, talents and interests. Students will ultimately be able to create a personalized plan that will help them make the right decisions across their educational journey.

We hope to end the occasion when a student may have made certain choices with their academic plan (and maybe accumulated some unfortunate grades) and conclude when they are starting their senior year that they would like to go to Princeton.

We are committed to supporting students throughout their educational careers so that they are able to realize their goals, and together, we can celebrate their successes.

I understand that our parents of little ones who are starting kindergarten today may think that graduation day is far off into the future. I want you to indulge in and enjoy every step of the educational process in Brown County Schools.

To that end, please know that our team of educators will be working very hard to provide your child with world-class opportunities and engaging curriculum that will allow for them to reach their goals and dreams.

By being intentional with the college and career readiness process from their first day of school until the day we give them their diploma, we will allow for their success to be realized.

Happy first day of school!

Laura Hammack is superintendent of Brown County schools.