September 2015

Salisbury… Inspire, Think, Learn, Grow… Together to form a Vision for 2020

by Randy Ziegenfuss and Lynn Fuini-Hetten on September 30, 2015

createthefutureAs part of assuming new roles in the district earlier in 2015, Lynn Fuini-Hetten and I embarked on an entry plan process that commenced in January and concluded this past August. We developed a process by which we wanted to (1) build relationships with teachers, administrators, parents and community members; (2) actively engage these stakeholders by inviting them to share their thoughts about strengths and challenges in the district; and (3) use this information to recommend themes that will become the future focus of our district goals.

The process we developed was simple but comprehensive. We met with various stakeholders in a host of different forums – one-on-one meetings, student focus groups, faculty meetings and “coffee and conversation” session with parents. In addition to internal stakeholders, we met with external stakeholders from local community organizations and businesses.  We also reviewed district documents such as policies, curriculum and budgets. At the end of the entry plan period, we assembled all of the gathered information and generated a list of district strengths and challenges along with recommended focus areas our future district goals.

OUTCOMES

Strengths

We identified the following strengths:

  • Pride – We heard from many parents, teachers and students that they love living and learning in the Salisbury Township School District.  Check out our Falcon Proud Staff Video.
  • Technology – Parents, teachers and students overwhelmingly support our teaching and learning initiative and believe that students are developing skills that will serve them for a lifetime.
  • Size – Salisbury Township School District and its schools are small in size compared to most surrounding school districts. Stakeholders value this quality as they are able to better know students, families, teachers and administrators. Many families indicated that they moved into the district because of its small size.
  • Varied curriculum offerings – For a small district, we offer many opportunities for our students to learn and grow.

Challenges

We identified the following challenges:

  • Community – While there is a strong community within the Salisbury Township School District, less strong connections exist to the outside community (township, business and community organizations).
  • Consistent Student Achievement –  As we reflect on how we define student achievement, more supports are needed for all learners.
  • Connections with Policymakers – There have been few connections to policymakers, including township, state and federal governments.
  • Communication – Enhancing internal communications will improve and enhance collaboration and trust within the organization.
  • Branding – While the district has established a regional reputation in many aspects of its program and operation, there is a need to better market and control the narrative.

We also identified three recommended areas of focus for strategic change over the next five years and shared examples of some of the work that is currently being done:

FOCUS AREAS

Instruction: Teaching and Learning

  • TL2020 – defining a vision for 2020 utilizing design thinking and innovation (InnovateSalisbury180.org)
  • Implementing MTSS at the elementary level to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Implementing and aligning curriculum to PA Core
  • Development of a data culture at all levels

Communication

  • Increasing communication to School Board Directors through a bi-weekly update
  • Revitalizing the district blog, SalisburySD.US with regular posts from the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and Business Administrator
  • Increasing the use of social media
  • Developing a plan to revise Board Policy and Administrative Regulations
  • Sharing stories of teaching and learning on TL2020.org
  • Developing an ebook showcasing teaching and learning throughout the district (coming soon!)

Community

  • Developing relationships with the Workforce Investment board and local businesses
  • Planning to develop a district Business Advisory Council
  • Increasing collaboration with Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Lukes University Hospital
  • Improving communication with Salisbury Township
  • Planning a fall Community Breakfast
  • Increasing visibility of the superintendent and assistant superintendent in the community, schools and events
  • Dedicating time to meet with parents – Coffee and Conversation
  • Planning for a spring 2016 district-wide art show
  • Revitalizing the Salisbury Education Foundation

WHAT’S NEXT….IN 2015-16

  • Continuing to dialog with parents, students, teachers, administrators and school board to identify specific and actionable goals through a series of inquiry questions focused on teaching and learning, communication, and community
  • Providing regular updates to the board at Curriculum & Technology Committee meetings (January and May)
  • Articulating new district goals
  • Developing Action Plans in each identified goal area to carry the district to 2020

How will you be involved in working with us to create the future of Salisbury Township School District?

Mark Your Calendar! Coffee & Conversation Dates for 2015-16

by Randy Ziegenfuss on September 28, 2015

Parents and community members are invited to engage in conversation with our administrators! 

Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss, Superintendent

Mrs. Lynn Fuini-Hetten, Assistant Superintendent

Thursday, October 22 – 6:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday, December 9 – 9:00-10:00AM

Thursday, January 21 – 6:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, March 3 – 6:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 20 – 9:00-10:00 AM

Monday, May 23 – 6:00-6:45 PM

Salisbury Township School District, Administration Building, 1140 Salisbury Road, Allentown. RSVP requested to Mary Bishop at mbishop@stsd.org or call 610-797-2062, ext. 1000

 Coffee and Conv Flyer 9-28-15

A New Tradition: Recognition of Service

September 25, 2015

Over the past eight months, Assistant Superintendent Lynn Fuini-Hetten and I have heard countless times from parents and staff what a wonderful place Salisbury Township School District is to learn and work. We are only as good as the staff and a supportive community of families. This year, as part of our Opening Day activities, […]

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Coffee & Conversation – September 22

September 19, 2015

Parents and community members are invited to engage in conversation with our administrators!  Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss, Superintendent Mrs. Lynn Fuini-Hetten, Assistant Superintendent Tuesday, September 22, 2015 – 9:00am-10:00am Salisbury Township School District, Administration Building, 1140 Salisbury Road, Allentown. RSVP requested by Monday, September 21, 2015 to Mary Bishop at mbishop@stsd.org or call 610-797-2062, ext. 1000

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Twitter 101 for Parents and Community

September 19, 2015

Please join us for one of the upcoming Twitter 101 sessions on September 28 or October 19. Parents, community and school board members are all encouraged to attend! Topics include: Setting up a Twitter account. Following Salisbury Township School District at #stsdlearns and #stsdfalcons Understanding Twitter lingo including how to compose your own tweets RSVP […]

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What is the Class of 2015 doing this fall?

September 18, 2015

Did you attend our graduation celebration this past June in Symphony Hall?  What a great night to celebrate the successes of our high school seniors! I recently reviewed our data for the class of 2015. Of the 141-member Class of 2015, 121 graduating seniors (85.81%) are continuing their formal education at 39 post- secondary institutions […]

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