District News

Message from the Superintendent

Posted on: September 12, 2017

We are in a day and age when it is sometimes difficult to work in schools.  We have ODE passing policies based upon legislators’ wants and needs, many of which are not always what is best for students.  As you look over the past 5-7 years in education, we continue to deal with the effects of our pay freeze, a state mandated test that changes yearly, value added for teachers, and charter schools that are state funded and failing miserably, just look at ECOT.  


When we look back at why we went into education, it was not the money, it was not state mandates or state testing of any type.  It was to make a difference in the lives of kids.  This weekend we received our district value added results for the 2016-2017 school year.


Value-added analysis helps educators measure the impact schools and teachers have on students’ academic progress rates from year to year. (ODE)


Our Value added Data was released for our schools and overall district this past weekend.  To say the least, it was OUTSTANDING!


District Overall = A

District SWD = A

District Gifted = A

District Lowest 20% = A

District Progress Measure = A


This is what we should really reflect upon.  If you look at average progress for a student, the grade of “C” is one year's growth.  A grade of “A” means our students are getting more than one year’s growth.  This is exciting news and a testament to the work that the staff is doing with our students. This is a great reason to celebrate!


As you begin this school year, begin it with the knowledge of what a difference you made with our students last year.  That progress was the culmination of hard work by a dedicated staff who went above and beyond what is required, and has shown a commitment to excellence that allowed all students to have success.  There have been a number of changes over the past two years and change will be ongoing into next year.  SLO’s were required, then removed, closing five schools and opening three new schools, high school graduation requirements are constantly shifting, and how many times has the state assessments have changed?  We just never know what changes are coming our way, but we will deal with them when they do.


Please know that I support you, I want to work with you, and I want you to enjoy coming to work every day, not just now and then.  As your superintendent, I am proud to be a part of NWLSD and proud to be associated with each and every one of our classified and certified employee groups!