Note from the Superintendent
Hello Staff, Families, and Community,
Welcome to 2023! This time of year, people are often inspired to recommit to goals and visualize what’s possible when you put in the work. As scholars settle back into the classroom, we are focusing on our defined goals, and practicing strategies in place to meet them. Our work is guided by our Strategic Plan and rooted in a commitment to equip each scholar we serve with the tools they need to succeed in life after high school.
Like students across the country, we know many FWPS scholars are still facing challenges as result of the COVID-19 pandemic and may benefit from additional academic and social-emotional support for overall success. In support of this, we’re providing additional support to scholars. On top of the teaching and learning that happens in the classroom every day:
- Earlier this month, we launched our first Saturday Scholar Community session of the school year. This 5-week program gives 5th and 8th grade scholars access to additional academic courses, as well as electives and advisory time dedicated to supporting social-emotional growth.
- We’re continuing to provide free tutoring to all scholars in grades 4-12 through Tutor.com, and free mental health support for scholars ages 13 and up through Talkspace.
- New this year, 8th grade scholars also have access to Clayful, a coaching tool to support scholars as they navigate middle school and the transition to high school.
- We’re also launching a brand-new, volunteer led, FWPS tutoring group to expand opportunities for our scholars.
These are just a few of the extra measures we’re taking to support our scholars this year, on top of the quality instruction we provide in our classrooms. Read more about our initiatives and celebrations throughout the pages of this newsletter.
We know schools can’t do it alone, and we value our families and community as critical partners. Together, we can do so much more than we can individually. If you’d like to get involved and donate your time to our students through tutoring, volunteering, mentoring, or in another way, let us know by visiting www.fwps.org/GetInvolved.
I look forward to continuing our work together to make our vision of what’s possible a reality for our scholars!
Dr. Dani Pfeiffer