Superintendent's Message​​

 December 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year to our Paisley family. I hope everyone enjoyed a restful holiday season. I am writing this as we experience our second “snow day” of the year. We will keep you informed on a regular basis regarding school closure because the forecast is calling for more inclement weather.

We are fast approaching the half way point of the school year. High school students will be taking finals the last week in January with those grades becoming a part of their permanent record. We all need to encourage them to study hard and to take the testing seriously.

January is a busy month. We have several home basketball games coming up. The concession stand will be open for all home games. The teams have been practicing hard to get ready for the league season. Our coaches this year are Mike Jones and Jack O’Leary for the boys and Jimmy VanBelle and Emma Shanahan for the girls. Our Homecoming Dance is scheduled for Saturday, January 14, from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. in the Community Center following our game against Gilchrist.

We will be observing the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, January 16. Therefore, we will have a Friday School on the following Friday, January 20.

The search for our new superintendent is now underway. The interview process should take place sometime near the end of February. We will keep you informed of how the search is progressing.

This month you will receive the 30-day notice and “opt out” form regarding state testing. We are required to provide this information to all families before our state testing begins. These state tests are important to our students, our parents, and our district. For our students, the test results gives us a gauge of how a student is progressing throughout their school career and gives us some valuable information as how to help a struggling student. For parents, it gives you information on your student’s progress in the areas of English Language Arts and Math. For the district, we are graded on how many of our students participate in the state testing and can, in some cases, have a negative effect on federal funds to our district if test participation is too low.

All students in grades 3 through 8 and Grade 11 will take the tests starting in February. If you have any questions about testing please contact me here at school. I would be more than happy to visit with you.

We will be recognizing our Students of the Month for December at an assembly next week. Our word of the month for January is “Generosity”.

Please remember to tell your friends and family about the Centennial Celebration taking place in conjunction with the Mosquito Festival in July. We are expecting lots of visitors to Paisley that weekend. Please talk to Ashley O’Leary or Kaylin Arrington for information.

Finally, the retrofit project that will help stabilize our main building against earthquake is underway. Most of the preliminary work is beginning with construction to start immediately after graduation.

Bill Wurtz