It is hard to imagine that another year has come and gone. I hope your student found success this year. We have begun implementation of our five- year strategic plan, Education Destination. It is not too late for you to get involved in our plan. The plan has 3 major objectives: 1- to improve instruction and support of our Pre-K to 2 programs; 2- to build a positive learning environment and 3- to increase involvement in the schools by the community and other stakeholders. I am over Objective 3 and I am inviting you to join me as we try to get more involvement from our community in our schools. Please watch our school website for the date of our next meeting.
One of the many positive things that came out of the Objective 3 meetings was the need for a Public Relations person. We all know there are many great things happening in Mt. Healthy City Schools. Unfortunately, the bad news seems to get more attention than the good. To address this issue, we hired a part time Public Relations and Community Support Liaison person. Her name is Michelle Knight. In this role she will be assisting me in providing information to the newspapers and other media. She will keep our social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Mt. Healthy City Schools’ web sites up to date. She will keep the community informed about what is happening within the district. The primary goal of the position is to communicate to the community all of the positive activities that are going on in the district and spread the good news of Mt. Healthy City Schools. You will also receive communication of important information relevant to you as parents. We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Knight to our staff.
Many teachers will have Professional Development this summer to prepare for next year and I want to give you a few ideas to help your student(s) be ready for next year. For parents with Pre-K to second grade students remember to read to or with your student this summer. The more words your child is exposed to the more likely they are to be reading at age and grade level. If you aren’t sure what to read, I would encourage you to get a book of nursery rhymes. You can get them at the library or at a bookstore. Encourage your child to learn the alphabet and practice counting with your child. Make it fun by counting parts of toys or foods as you cook.
For the older children, also encourage them to read. Reading any book whether it is a comic book or a magazine is better than watching too much TV. The focus in our buildings next year will be literacy. Finding some time each day for your child to read will keep them up on all that they learned this past year and get them ahead and ready for next school year. Also take advantage of the many museums, the Cincinnati Zoo, and other events and activities throughout the Cincinnati area. It does not have to cost a lot to allow your student to continue to learn over the summer.
Have a great summer and I look forward to working with you and your students next school year.
Dr. Reva C. Cosby,
Superintendent of Mt. Healthy City Schools