This summer has allowed me to reflect upon my first full year as Superintendent of Swansea Public Schools and has afforded me some time to look forward to the 2017-2018 school year with renewed vigor.
The 2016-2017 school year was an exciting time for me and an exciting time for the students and staff that shared many great moments. Here is just a small sample of district-wide accomplishments from this past school year and summer: State and national championships that took place in our athletic, drama and band programs were outstanding! Successful completion of AP classes and exams were a highlight for many students and teachers alike. Continued embedding of guided reading throughout the elementary grades, along with the utilization of a tool to properly assess progress, has gone well with buy-in from all stakeholders. Many exciting events, acknowledging and celebrating Swansea’s 350th took place throughout the year and were well-attended by the community. Celebration of teachers who received the “Students Come First” awards to wrap up the year was a welcomed surprise. Our capital improvement projects including fresh coats of paint within parts of all school buildings, new carpeting and ceiling tiles that have been added, playground mulch and ‘sprucing up of the grounds’, continued paving of parking lots and fixing of sidewalks, and many more items will be evident as students re-enter school.
As for the 2017-2018 school year, we will continue to enhance our use of technology throughout the district so that students k-12 can acquire and utilize the necessary skills to be successful throughout, and beyond, high school. We will engage in meaningful professional development that contributes to the success of our teachers, administrators and, ultimately, our students. Our district’s capital improvement plan will continue to be addressed so that our facilities can reflect the great teaching and learning that is taking place within each school building. Our teachers and administrators will continue to find ways to build upon the positive school-home communication so that all stakeholders are engaged in meaningful discussions.
Our motto “Students Come First” has been, and continues to be, the focal point of education in Swansea. We will continue to build upon all of the successes and look for ways to enhance teaching and learning so that, as a community, we can continue to move in a positive direction together. Ensuring that teachers are engaging students in hands-on, meaningful learning, while developing positive relationships, is the cornerstone of learning. Seeking ways to be inclusive of all students is a goal for all educators and administrators, while developing ways to foster community-building is a goal for all stakeholders.
I wish all of our Swansea community a healthy, happy, and successful school year!
We Are All Cardinals
John J. Robidoux
Superintendent of Schools