WAYZATA SUPERINTENDENT: 2014-15 School Year Off to a Great Start

Chase Anderson

I never cease to be amazed by the excitement surrounding the start of a new school year. We are pleased to welcome back students, families and staff to what promises to be another great year of learning in the Wayzata Public Schools! Construction Planning Process Continues What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time we were sharing our need for more facilities to meet the needs of our growing resident student population. Since then, voters approved a referendum last February to add onto Wayzata High School, build an eighth elementary school and begin infrastructure updates in the areas of technology and safe and secure entrances to our schools.

I hope you take a moment to read about the progress we are making in the construction planning process in this month’s Communicator. And special thanks to the parents, staff and community members who have been serving on important planning committees over the summer to keep things moving so the new spaces are completed by the fall of 2016.

Our groundbreaking MyWay for Student Learning iPad Initiative has opened up a whole new world of opportunity for personalized teaching and learning. In the final year of a three-year, phase-in plan, MyWay is expanding to include high school juniors and seniors. Now each and every student in our district, Kindergarten through 12th grade, will have access to an iPad for research, collaboration, online work and easy communication with teachers. Students in grades K-3 have access to iPads at a 3:1 ratio and students in grades 4-12 have 1:1 access. We also continue to partner with families in this important work by providing resources and tools to help students be responsible digital citizens and stay safe online.

As you may remember, last spring the Legislature approved funding for all-day Kindergarten across the state. Starting this fall, all Wayzata kindergarteners will be participating in an all-day program. We are excited about this wonderful opportunity to even better prepare our youngest learners to get off to the best possible start to their educational journey in the Wayzata Public Schools. Most of our kindergarteners will be in their home schools, but due to a shortage of space, kindergarteners at Birchview Elementary School will spend the next two school years in classrooms located at Central Middle School. Once the new elementary school is completed in the fall of 2016, kindergarteners will return to Birchview.

We are excited to welcome 64 new teachers to the Wayzata Public Schools for the 2014-15 school
year. In addition, two new administrators were also hired over the summer. Please learn about them by reading more below. We remain committed to providing an excellent educational experience for each and every one of our students. As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments. Please send me an email to chace.anderson@wayzata.k12.mn.us or call me at 763-745-5000.

– Chace B. Anderson, Ph.D. is Superintendent of Wayzata Public Schools

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