Welcome to the start of the 2019-2020 school year! The beginning of a new school year is always an exciting time, not only for our students, but for families and our staff as well. In this spirit, it is my pleasure to welcome the students, families and staff of Ashland Independent back, ready to continue the important work of our commitment to those we serve.
As we begin this year, we renew our focus on supporting the most critical factor impacting student achievement….the staff that work with students. Our district will continue to invest in other areas that impact student learning as well. We maintain our focus on providing a successful start to early learning through our Head Start/Preschool program. The skills students learn during this age has become even more critical as a renewed emphasis has been placed on early literacy. As students develop, we will work to not just maintain, but further refine and develop literacy through multiple mediums.
Nearly 3,200 Head Start/Preschool—12th grade will return to school this month, eager for the opportunity to see friends, participate in a variety of extracurricular activities and engage in learning. Our staff renews their commitment to unlocking the potential of every student to help them be successful in this endeavor.
I feel a renewed sense of excitement for the start of this school year because of the energy our students, staff, parents and community bring to our school community and all the possibilities that working together provide. Our school district excels because of this collective effort, focus and commitment. I look forward to the work we will accomplish this year.
As always, thank you for your continued support.
D. Sean Howard