A Quick Glance at What to Expect in 2021 - 2022
As we approach the beginning of the school year, I am more excited than I have ever been to see our students and staff return to the classroom for what is going to be an amazing year! Here is a quick glance at some of what you can expect during the upcoming school year:
West Fargo Public Schools continues to be the district of choice, with hundreds of new students projected to come through the doors of our fourteen elementary schools, three middle schools, four high schools, and preschool for the first time this fall. In addition to all the new student faces, the district also onboarded more than 175 teachers over the summer.
STRATEGIC PLAN 2022 - 2027
The district’s strategic plan expires in December 2021, so we will be launching a task force to help us update the plan. This group will meet four times over the course of the fall, with the goal of launching the new plan in January 2022. We will need parents, community members, staff members, administrators, city officials, board members, and students to help with this important work. If this seems of interest to you, please watch our website for information on how to apply.
EQUITY & INCLUSION TASK FORCE
This group met virtually five times last year and will be meeting monthly over the course of 2021 - 2022 school year. The purpose of this task force is to review all aspects of the organization to ensure that all students, regardless of their background or identity, have equal access to the many opportunities we offer at WFPS. The group has already identified areas in which we can improve, and the district is implementing solutions for our students and families. There is more work to be done, but the district is committed to identifying and removing barriers to ensure ALL learners are prepared for tomorrow’s world.
PERSONALIZED, COMPETENCY-BASED LEARNING (PCBL)
The district is in the fourth year of a five-year partnership with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and KnowledgeWorks to implement PCBL in all grades and schools across the district. The shift begins with a guaranteed and viable curriculum that is aligned to the state standards, followed by providing students with voice and choice in what they learn and how they learn. Each learner is unique, and just like we personalize so many aspects of our life, from phones to health care plans, we can personalize learning for our learners.
I would be remiss if I did not address the pandemic and how we will support our students, staff, and their families. The district administrative team is comprised of educational leaders whose job is to work with families to ensure the best possible academic outcomes for their child(ren). Our team will continue to engage in regular consultation with our healthcare partners to monitor the status of COVID-19 in our community. We will share recommendations and abide by mandates from our local health department. With safety as our top priority, we are committed to providing up-to-date information to our families so they can make the decisions that are best for their unique family situation.
I know I speak on behalf of our School Board and all our district administrators when I say that we cannot wait to welcome everyone back to school in just two weeks!