By Mary Ann Ferguson-Rich
HUDSON: Superintendent Phillip Herman welcomes Hudson parents and students for the 2013-14 school year.
Herman began his tenure as superintendent on Aug. 1, and said, "In the weeks ahead, our staff and administrative team are focused on getting the school year off to a smooth start for each of our students."
Herman added that "exciting and challenging initiatives" are planned for 2013-14, including:
- The implementation of a new student information system called SunCard, which will put increased data into the hands of teachers, parents and students.
- Increases to the security of school buildings, and improvements to the district's safety plan.
- Preparations to implement the Ohio Teacher and Principal Evaluation System.
- The development of a new, mobile-ready district website, which will be easier to navigate, and will provide more pertinent and consolidated information for parents and the community.
Herman says that the district will "maintain a focus on operating in ways that preserve our financial resources."
Teachers and administrators, he says, are aligning the curriculum to the Common Core standards, which will be implemented in Ohio in 2014-15.
The curriculum alignment is being accomplished, according to Herman, "by using internet accessible devices in exploration, and by developing opportunities for our students to apply their learning in real-world situations."
Herman cites Stephen Covey's book, “The Leader in Me”, where the author says, "We only get one chance to prepare our students for a future that none of us can possibly predict."
The superintendent agrees, and says, "it becomes more essential than ever that we continue to evolve in our own instruction practices and methods, while making all changes on the foundations of values that have made Hudson City Schools successful."