On behalf of Thompson Falls School District I welcome everyone to the start of the 2017-18 school year. I have included a schedule for the first four PIR days, (Aug. 24, 25, 31 & Sept. 1). The District has scheduled two days; the building level administrators will provide agendas for the remaining two. We will begin Thursday morning at the High School, refreshments and lunch will be provided. Thursday’s schedule includes the District opening, school level reports, school safety, staff orientation and instructional planning time. Friday’s professional development will take place at the school level. Thursday, Aug. 31 the District will host Scott Rosberg from Proactive coaching for a day of professional development in the Junior High Gymnasium. Prior to becoming an organizational consultant for Proactive, Scott worked in schools as a teacher, administrator and coach. The focus of the in-service is teamwork and organizational capacity building.
We will continue to overcome challenges and demonstrate that a high poverty district can also be high performing. Despite being located in one of the poorest counties in Montana, Thompson Falls School District continually defies odds and demonstrates excellence. Last year, our graduation rate of 96% was one of the highest in school history! Our success is a tribute to the great people that put forth their best each day to serve and positively influence others. Together we help students realize bright futures. The ties that bind us as a District include a shared mission, values, purpose, and prioritized goals.
Our District’s emphasis on putting relationships first was reinforced at this year’s Instructional Leadership conference. Dr. Bill Daggett is the founder & co-chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education and the author of the Rigor/Relevance instructional framework. Dr. Daggett’s research supports that schools that are both high performing and high poverty consistently emphasize relationships and relevance in order to obtain rigor. By embracing Love and Logic and our core values, we will continue to provide a safe, positive school environment. Our District values all subjects and supports electives and extracurricular experiences that extend beyond the classroom. These opportunities include athletic programs that emphasize character first and promote positive life lessons.
We all play an important role in making our schools great. I am looking forward to seeing our campuses come back to life with the energy each person brings to school. We have many returning veterans and several new faces to be introduced at the opening. Thank you for doing your part to welcome all staff members to our school family. The annual District BBQ will be hosted at the Wheeler’s residence on Aug. 30 beginning at 5:00 pm. Their home is located on 1768 Blue Slide Road. The District will provide the food, families are welcome, and consider bringing a chair.
As your Superintendent, I am honored to be part of this organization and committed to serving our community and providing students in Thompson Falls a great educational opportunity. Thank you for your continued dedication to our schools and community.
Jason J. Slater