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Superintendent's Message - December

December 2017

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving!  It is always nice to spend time with friends and family around the holiday season.  We are so blessed in Pleasants County to able to enjoy all the schools academic achievements and extra-curricular events.

Fall Sports have concluded and we are beginning the Winter Sports Season with Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling and Cheerleading.  I would like to wish all teams a healthy season and good luck!

The Christmas season is almost upon us. Students are currently preparing for their Christmas Concerts and are excited to perform for their parents, teachers and the community.  We encourage everyone to come out and support our students at one of the school concerts to help you get in the holiday spirit.

It is hard to believe the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year is almost over.  The second nine weeks will end on December 22nd.  Christmas break will be from December 23rd, 2017 through January 2nd, 2018.  Students will return to school on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 and together we will continue to strive for excellence.

I would like to wish everyone… A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!       

October 2017

It is hard to believe that Pleasants County Schools is nearing the end of the first nine weeks, which will be on October 19th, 2017. Report cards will be sent home with students on October 26th. Many educational programs designed to improve student achievement continue to be implemented throughout our schools. Each school’s curriculum and leadership teams have completed their school’s 2017-2018 strategic plan, which outlines their specific reading/language arts and mathematics goals for this year. Our schools are continuing to guide students academically to reach their fullest potential. Also included in each school’s strategic plan is the professional development that will be provided to our staff to assist them with strategies and tools to meet individual students’ needs.

The former SMHS weight room has been reconstructed at the new athletic facility, thanks to the help of several volunteers and the local trades union. We are so grateful to have such strong community support and our school will benefit from the use of this building for years to come. Pleasants County Middle School will begin the construction process in the Spring of 2018 for Phase II and III of their project which will include renovations to the locker rooms, pool area and restrooms in the back of the school. The safe schools entrances are complete as well as the bathroom renovations in the front of the school. We have been so fortunate in Pleasants County to have been the recipient of numerous School Building Authority projects. Many great improvements to our facilities have occurred as a result of these funds. As your superintendent of schools I will continue to adamantly pursue state funds through the SBA that will benefit our schools and community. Maintenance and renovation of our schools continues to be a top priority and our facilities reflect the great pride we have in them by the way that we take of them.

The 2017-2018 school year has started in a very upbeat and positive manner with each school seeing success and gains on their school and students’ GSA results We believe that this school year will prove to be even better as a result of the hard work on the part of our students and staff and by the strong family and community support we receive in this wonderful county!

July 2017

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable summer and are ready for a new and exciting school year. The first day for teachers is August 14th and students will begin on August 17th. Pleasants County Schools are eager to greet students and get the school year started.

There have many facility upgrades throughout the summer, including painting, floor replacement, and paving at three of our facilities. Principals, Custodians and the Maintenance Department are working diligently trying to complete everything before school begins.

Summer School, Summer Boost and Energy Express had another successful summer session. I appreciate all the hard work and dedication put in by the staff and students. Pleasants County Schools continues to provide the very best education for our student through all these summer programs.

Pleasants County Schools had a very successful 2016-2017 school year both in the classroom and on the playing fields. All four schools and the central office received glowing reviews from the Office of Education and Performance Audits. All schools GSA scores continue to improve, along with benchmark assessments. St. Marys High School won three Class “A” State Championships in Football, Boys Cross Country and Boys Track. The Pleasants County Middle School teams and our Youth and Park League teams had very successful seasons as well. Congratulations and thanks for putting Pleasants County in the spot light! 

All great things are accomplished together. I appreciate all of the support we have received from parents, community members, and staff in making Pleasants County Schools the very best. I look forward to the 2017-2018 school year with anticipation of great things to come as we continue this positive journey together!

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