Message from the Superintendent
Greetings Isle of Wight County Schools Family-
Spring is here and warmer temperatures are finally upon us! April marks the time when we begin to wind down the school year and prepare for end of the year testing. I want to commend all of our teachers and staff that are working diligently to prepare our students to finish out the year strong. We've had to make some adjustments due to the inclement weather and I appreciate how everyone has worked together to not miss a beat!
April is National Autism Awareness month and we recognized National Autism Awareness Day by inviting all of our staff to wear blue on April 2nd. School board member, Mrs. Denise Tynes (Smithfield) recently shared a quote about autism from Stuart Duncan and it sums it up perfectly: "Autism is not a disability, it is a different ability". It is up to us as educators to learn more about those different abilities, educate according to them and advocate for those students affected by autism. Different certainly does not mean disabled and our Exceptional Education department is doing a phenomenal job to address the needs of our students so that we can truly achieve our mission of preparing ALL students for educational excellence in the 21st century.
April is also the month of National Volunteer recognition. We have so many individuals, groups and companies that continue to dedicate their time to volunteering in our schools. Whether it’s a PTA member, the WATCH D.O.G. Dads, a parent, a grandparent, a retired school employee, a volunteer from a local business or a citizen in the community we truly appreciate everyone who takes their personal time to help make our school division better. It really takes a village and we could not be as successful as we are without those who take the time to volunteer. We simply cannot say thank you enough!
We are still moving ahead in the budget process and I am pleased that the new County Administrator, Anne Seward and her team have made working with the school division a priority. We understand that this is a tough economic time for the county and the proposed budget is certainly a step in the right direction. Everyone is invited to attend the county's Public Hearing on the FY15 budget, which includes the school division's FY15 budget, on Thursday, April 17. Many of you have been unwavering advocates for our schools and it truly makes a difference.
April 14 - 18 is Spring Break and I hope that everyone has a fun, safe and relaxing one!
Yours In the Pursuit of Educational Excellence,
A. Katrise Perera
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