Dr. Ryan Killeen
I hope you all enjoyed a restful and peaceful Easter recess. After some quiet time we enter a very busy week here at SPS. On Tuesday evening we will welcome a reaccreditation team from Middle States.
Most of you are probably familiar with the Middle States Association which has been the leader in school accreditation especially in the Mid-Atlantic region for nearly 100 years. As stated by the association in its mission statement "The Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, building on the rich history of the Middle States Association, aspire to improve the quality of education in the United States and around the world by assisting schools to achieve excellence through the process of accreditation, by affirming to the public a member school's trustworthiness and commitment to continuous improvement, by providing the network and resources for the promotion of proven practices." Accreditation represents "Affirmation that a school or other educational institution is providing the level of quality in its educational programs, services, activities, and/or resources expected by its community of stakeholders and endorsed by the education world." –MSA/CESS
The self-study builds upon the ongoing annual review conducted and builds upon the recommendations and guidance from our most recent visit seven years ago. Our team was organized last year and led a comprehensive self-assessment aligned with the Middle States protocols. You may recall the surveys conducted with all families and faculty in the fall. The Internal Review Team was led by Mr. Chiaravalloti and Ms. Dwyer. The planning committee also included Mrs. Gayan, Mrs. Graja, Ms. Palumbo, and Mrs. Shen. I sincerely thank all of our stakeholders for their honest, active engagement in this process.
Through the self-study our faculty team has selected three areas of current focus.
· Language Arts Literacy, as we seek to expand knowledge of language and cultivate a culture of reading.
· Global Citizenship: Expanding outreach and civic engagement to the community, and teaching responsible digital citizenship
· Communication: Engage frequently and consistently with all stakeholder.
The study is broad and encompasses all aspects of the school and its programs including curriculum, climate, facilities, finance, governance, and community. The peer review team will spend the week at SPS conducting classrooms visits, interviewing key stakeholders, and reviewing our assessment documentation.
Honest, thoughtful, reflection and assessment is an essential component to maintain the health and vitality of any organization and is the most fruitful when incorporating multiple, objective perspectives. Critical reflection and analysis benefits us all and embraces a growth mind set as we continue to grow as a school community.
Thank you for your continued partnership in the ministry of St. Paul School.