Friends of Crestwood:
My name is Joe Gorham. I am the Superintendent of Schools at Crestwood. Among the many features that attracted me to this district was the reputation Crestwood has had through the years as being one of the best academic schools in the region. This past assessment cycle we exceeded all 17 state measures and I couldn’t be more proud of our administration, teachers, and support staff who have made that possible.
Upon my arrival I was curious as to how these scores had been achieved and maintained for so long. The data I researched verified that indeed we have many great assets in place that help optimize learning for all students. As I paged through the documents though, I did notice a trend that gave me pause. Beginning-of-the-year literacy scores of children arriving in Kindergarten were in a 5-year decline. There are many reasons why this phenomena may be occurring. Despite the challenge, our teachers have been doing a miraculous job remediating these children to acceptable and successful levels by the end of the school year.
On September 25th, from 8-8:30 a. m. at the Kirby Library I will be rolling out our plan to stave off the downward trend and reverse course by giving our teachers, parents and guardians, and future students better tools in the next few years.
I believe it takes a community effort to reach out to parents and guardians, and this is where I need your help. I would very much appreciate it if you would grant me a half hour of your time to explain how you can help us with this challenge. To make your morning enjoyable, I will be providing coffee and a continental breakfast so you can leave immediately following my presentation and head straight to work.
I hope to see you then!
Much Thanks, Joseph Matthew Gorham
Superintendent of Schools Crestwood School District