Welcome to the New Year.
As we leave the old year behind, East End School District faces many new changes and challenges. We have some new folks to involve in our team, we have some new students to welcome to our schools, new cafeteria programs, and we have some new opportunities to show both the state and the world how great we can become. Those opportunities are many in number but include new schedules, new learners, new teaching opportunities, and new challenges from the new laws recently passed. One law, Act 930 of 2017, according to ADE Assistant Commissioner Stacy Smith, states “By the end of the 2018-19 school year, school districts are required to have for every student in eighth grade and above, a student success plan.”
The day of helping only those students identified in need are gone. The focus now is on every child every day and individualized learning for all students. It involves more than one test but rather focuses on every aspect of helping every student be successful in school and in life. That has been our goal all along so we welcome the challenge and applaud the efforts of our law makers and the Arkansas Department of Education. It will take a team, including all students, all teachers, all staff, and all parents to reach such a lofty goal but we are ready. We have some things in place now to move our students to the next level in the educational quest and to prepare them for a successful life after they graduate Bigelow High School. In fact, it all starts with high expectations the first day of school in every classroom and hallway in both our schools and continues every day with every student. The District’s goal for our students is not just to be “ready” but rather to exceed in every aspect of every class every day and to excel as they prepare for life. So today each of us have the choice to make a pact together and to be one member of that team that will lead us to success for every child every day. Pulling together and moving forward will be the best if we all pull in the same direction.
Please join me in that quest to make Anne Watson Elementary and Bigelow High School the very best not only in Arkansas but in the country.
It’s people, not programs, that will move our students through a successful education and into a successful l life.
Together we can and thank you for your support.
Dr. Doug Harris
Superintendent of East End School District
Please contact me any time. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my office phone is 501-759-2808.