June 21, 2018
Dear Wayland Families:
In February, I sent you an entry report (Supt_Unobskey_Entry_Report_2018_Feb3) that discussed the impressive strengths of the Wayland Public Schools and identified areas of possible growth for the future. Since then, I have worked closely with the Administrative Council, which is composed of central office administration and principals, to draft three specific goals to focus our work on these areas of growth from 2018 to 2021. In the fall, our teaching staff will work with administrators to further refine these goals. At this time, I’m writing to share these goals with you, goals that deepen our efforts to create an engaging, challenging, and nurturing experience for every child, every day.
Our first goal is to ensure that all of our students have the opportunity to tackle academically challenging work. With precise and personalized supports and the continued development of a challenging and engaging curriculum, we can leverage our students’ passions and engage them in dynamic classwork. We will help teachers gather data that will personalize the supports and challenges they offer to every student. We will also help them develop assignments and deepen their use of teaching strategies that enable our students to apply their skills to solve real-world problems. Finally, teachers and administrators will work together to provide students with the clearest communication possible of their progress and the steps they can take to continue their growth. These rigorous assignments and approaches will also serve the needs of those whose skill development is already accelerated.
The second goal is to deepen the emotional learning for our students, developing in them the resilience to learn from mistakes and the empathy to learn from others. As a starting point, we will use the report that four of our staff completed this year that detailed the social-emotional learning experiences of our students. We will develop and implement an action plan that engages the staff and the community in using common language and which will nurture the self-confidence and well-being of our children.
The third goal, one upon which the Central Office will focus, is to communicate the connections between the Town’s budget allocations for schools and the impact that those resources have on student learning. We will develop measures that show the impact of programming and communicate that data to the Town during the budget development process. We will also develop a long-term maintenance plan for the District’s facilities that will focus our efforts on the needs of students, deepen the partnership with other Town offices and ensure that we have the learning spaces that students need.
In the Central Office, our new Assistant Superintendent, Parry Graham, and Director of Student Services, Richard Whitehead, will build on the deeply impactful work of their predecessors, Brad Crozier and Marlene Dodyk. In addition, we have elevated our current Business Administrator, Susan Bottan, to Director of Finance and Operations so that she can play a more central role in ensuring that our school buildings support outstanding learning environments. The entire central office administration will work closely with our building administrators and teachers to ensure that Town resources have the maximum possible impact on the growth and health of our students.
I hope that you have a relaxing and enjoyable summer with your children. Please feel free to contact me or visit me in the office at any time to share your thoughts.
Arthur Unobskey, Superintendent
Wayland Public Schools