School Administration Communications & Reports

09/05/17 Annual Education and School Improvement Report at:
shps.org
Posted on 08/20/2014 From the Administrator…

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

Each year I am amazed at the amount of activities occurring in our community during the summer months.  The festivals, beaches and recreational events truly make South Haven a great place to live.

​As I reflect on the upcoming school year, I find myself hesitating to attempt to communicate all the substantive issues and initiatives that we will address in the 2014-15 school year.  Thanks to the support of our community on last May’s bond proposal, several major building, instructional and programming initiatives will take place this school year.  As always, our goal is to provide South Haven students with the most innovative and future-focused educational opportunities possible.  In order to design and sustain our digital learning initiatives, I am very proud to announce that South Haven Public Schools has partnered with two national-level organizations.

Our first partnership to support our efforts in transforming our learning environment is with the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Project 24 initiative.  Project 24 is a systemic planning framework centered around the effective use of technology and digital learning to achieve the goal of “career and college readiness” for all students.  Tom Murray, Director of Project 24, has already been in the district this summer and worked with the district Design and Development Team on initial steps towards establishing our K-12 technology infrastructure and digital programming options.  Tom will be returning to South Haven on August 25th as a keynote speaker for the District opening day.  Parents and community members are welcome to attend the event.  Please visit the District website for additional information.

In addition, we will also have the opportunity to work with James Sanders, the Director of President Obama’s ConnectEd initiative.  In 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectEd initiative which is designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America.  The goal of the initiative is to empower teachers with the best technology and training to create individualized digital learning content, environments and programs.

In addition to our progress on the initiatives listed above, one of my primary goals this year will be to keep the community informed and up-to-date on these additional initiatives:

    • Upgrades and repairs to buildings
    • Changes in our instructional programs
    • Improvements in our programming options for academically talented students
    • Strategies and efforts to improve parent and community involvement and school-to-home communication

As always, I would like to close by mentioning how much we value your involvement and input as a parent and/or community member.  If you have questions or concerns about the district initiative or programming options for your child, please contact your principal or myself.

Sincerely,
Robert Herrera
Superintendent