Our District 6 Superintendent's Office is intended to
provide a number of areas of support and direction for the community and our
schools. We are the conduit between the services that District 6 provides for
our children and our Board of Education, who serve the community in their
elected leadership roles. The BOE meetings and communication with the BOE is
primarily done through the Superintendent's Office, and our meeting schedule is
posted on the District website. Our office can also be a resource for families
who have concerns and our issues that have not first been able to be addressed
at the school building level. The Superintendent's Office also helps provide
direction and information to our community and schools on initiatives that we
undertake in a never-ending drive for "Excellence Without Exception"
in regards to the education of our children.
Below is information on several District 6 goals.
Regularly, the Zion Elementary School District 6 Board of
Education takes part in a goal-setting process to help identify and direct
district work and prioritize some initiatives for the district and the
schools. This ongoing critically
important process of identification and articulation of goals helps to define
the present and future work within the district, as well as promotes effective
Board oversight of district activities. The Board’s commitment to review the
most critical elements of the district programming resulted in the Board’s
commitment to four passions to undertake over the next several years. These include:
Student Academic Growth: District 6 must become an exemplary
district in utilizing student performance data to ensure that each student
demonstrates sufficient growth each academic year. Our focus on individual
student needs and programming to provide for adequate growth for students will
continue to be emphasized. Pre-School: District 6 must continue to be a leader in
developing and maintaining a pre-school program that is second to none in terms
of quantity and quality of pre-school services provided to 3 and 4 year olds in
Zion as a foundation for their educational futures.
Staff Evaluation: District 6 must establish outstanding
staff evaluation processes that truly measure performance in an objective and
student-centered manner. Staff
development that corresponds to these evaluative processes is also essential to
individuals, schools, and the district as a whole. This topic of evaluation is
particularly valuable at this time as new state statutes also will require
changes and modifications to the staff evaluation process.
Literacy: District 6 must become a leader in overall Literacy
Development, early childhood through adult, and contribute greatly to the
community in regards to overall literacy development, primarily via literacy
development at our district schools. Working in partnership with the larger
community, fellow school districts, partnering organizations and the community
at large, creating a community of literate and active citizens is a vital
ongoing goal for District 6.
Additionally, the District 6 Board of Education renewed its
commitment to continue to “work the plan” for two other very important plans
that have been initiated over the last few years. These plans are: Response to Intervention (RtI):District 6 must continue to
be a leader in providing for a system of identification, intervention, and
progress monitoring of improvement for any student identified as not succeeding
in their academic growth in Reading and Math. Additionally, our focus on PBIS
to consistently and programmatically address our behavior component of our
three year RtI implementation which has been in progress since 2008.
ZCMS Improvements: District 6 must continue to see the power
that Zion Central Middle School is for our community. We must continue our ongoing
review/renew/upgrade of the initial improvements that were initiated through the
Central Focus process beginning in 2009. This continuous improvement process is
vital to allow the school to grow with new learning and to meet the needs of
the current student population.
The Board of Education has articulated that all of these
elements (and others) are critical pieces of programming for District 6. At these times when resources are becoming
increasingly more scarce, this process of identifying priorities certainly
helps to ensure that the resources that are available are being used to address
the most critical needs for the district and the community.