Dear Emanuel County,
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. I hope you spent the summer relaxing and enjoying time with your family and/or friends.
As we begin an exciting school year, I look forward to you being a part of our Emanuel County School family and hope you are looking forward to the year ahead of us. Our district has an incredible staff that is committed to improving the educational experiences for all of our children. To those that are new to our school community, we welcome you and wish you the best educational year possible.
This year, as every year, we commit ourselves to providing the very best educational experience possible. Our focus is on continuous improvement and communication. This year we are implementing several new initiatives which including safety, a new assessment system, STEAM classes at our elementary schools, collaboration with Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI) and the Southeast Regional Education Board (SREB), and attendance for our students and staff.
Besides the education of our students, safety is our number one priority. Over the past years, Emanuel County Schools have invested into making our schools safer. Security entrances at every school, safety blinds in all classrooms, security cameras, and School Resource Officers (SRO) are just a few examples of the steps being taken to provide a safe and conducive learning environment. This year we will be implementing a CrisisAlert™ badge system that will allow all employees to notify administrators in an instance if there is an unsafe situation or an intruder on campus. This puts the power to protect our schools into every employees' control.
Emanuel County Schools will be piloting a new assessment system called NAVVY this upcoming year. This assessment system will allow teachers to assess the students' mastery of standards throughout the year. If we have a successful pilot this school year, we will begin, as a district, to ask the Georgia Department of Education to use this assessment system in lieu of the End-of-Grade Milestone assessment for grades 3-8 in Language Arts and Mathematics as well as End-of-Course Milestone assessments in those content areas.
STEAM stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics”. We are adding these classes at the primary and elementary levels to promote hands-on, creativity among our students on skills and concepts that are being taught in the academic classrooms. We are looking to bring tough skills to life and provide a solid foundation for the students to grow upon.
We are excited as we embark on a two-year collaboration with GLISI and SREB in a networked improvement community called the 4T – Teams Transforming Teaching Together. Emanuel County middle and high schools will be teaming up with Jefferson County and Burke County to improve our practices in self-identified areas. 4T partners will frequently convene to define problems of practice, implement and evaluate changes in short cycles, and scale accordingly. Coaching, technical assistance and just-in-time training will be provided by GLISI and SREB.
Attendance is an important element to the success of students in school. When students or teachers miss too many days it creates gaps in instruction. In the Emanuel County School District, we saw an improvement in this area but there is still work to do. Attendance is a factor in our schools' performance scores but more importantly impacts the academic success of our students.
These are just a few of the new initiatives that we have in place for the upcoming school year. Please take a moment to visit our district and school websites as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages. We want to increase our presence in these areas to better inform our parents and community. I hope each of you have a meaningful and productive 2019-20 school year. I will see you in our schools!
Kevin A Judy, Ed.D.
Emanuel County Schools