Welcome to the 2018-19 school year. We opened this year with more than 4,100 students and we are still growing. The steady growth of the district has caused us to add more programs and staff to meet the needs of our students. The goal of the district is to graduate students that are prepared to face the world with knowledge, skill and a positive mindset. These make up the “Profile of a Teays Valley Graduate.” These are the aim or target of all Teays Valley staff.
The district continues to increase the emphasis of technology. This year is the start of our “one to one” technology program. Over the next three years all students in grades 6 through 12 will have their own device. Elementary classrooms will be equipped with devices for all students. Wireless access points have been increased and servers have been changed or updated to aide in the network traffic flow. The district has also placed a high priority in training staff to utilize technology throughout instruction. Teaching staff have experienced increased professional development opportunities to increase their knowledge of technology as a teaching tool.
Not only is academic excellence a goal at Teays Valley, but a positive culture for all our staff and students is paramount. The district has added counselors, nurses, health aides and mental health services for our students and families. We have also emphasised the importance of establishing positive relationships amongst staff and students. Students learn better in a culture that is welcoming, accepting and nourishing. We want students to know that they are in a safe place and can expect help if asked. This positive school culture is extended as community projects throughout the district. Our students are encouraged to build the same positive relationships with those in our community.
This year we will focus on being “ALL” in. ALL stands for AIM, LIVE and LEAVE. Our staff is committed to aiming at the right target, living according to our priorities and principles, and leaving a positive mark on our students and the world. Our desire is that we will be a “different” type of school that stands out amongst all the others.
I look forward to another great year at Teays Valley. I’m excited about what we have done so far and I am optimistic that we are committed to being “ALL in” on providing excellent instruction and a safe and nurturing culture for our kids.