Sue Holmes, Superintendent
Superintendent Letter 


Dear Buena Vista School District Community,

My mother used to tell me when I was a child that times goes by more quickly the older we get.  At age 6, I didn’t understand.  As I continue to age, this certainly is the truth.  It is amazing that February is already here!

There is so much great learning going on in our schools.  Every day that I’m in classrooms, I am impressed with the how engaged our students are in really great discussions, projects, research, experiments, presentations, and the list goes on.  The students in Buena Vista School District show their love for learning every day.  I know this is by no accident as our teachers are very intentional about designing their lessons with specific outcomes in mind.  I am honored to work with such talented people and committed students!

Linkages are ways for the school board to connect with various entities.  I’d like to invite you to come to the February 23rd Linkage for Parents and Community.  This time will include updates from various school and community groups about what is going on.  Come hear about the latest, enjoy some refreshments, and get connected.  I hope to see many of you at the February 23rd Linkage at 6:00 in the middle/high school Media Center.

I’m pleased to announce that the school board approved LKA Partners to work for the district on pre-bond services for a new middle high school.  Services will include community engagement, site selection analysis and advisement, program determination for the new building, concept design, and the bond election phase.  The community engagement sessions will be well-advertised.  We desire your input, so think about getting involved in helping develop ideas for the middle/high school design that will serve student for the next 50 years.  Stay tuned!

As we approach March, we come closer to the state assessment period.  Gone are the TCAPs and written assessments; here come the PARCC, CMAS, and totally online assessments.  This shift has caused great preparation in our district, specifically getting technology ready for our 3rd – 11th graders to test this spring in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.  It is no small undertaking to deliver these assessments in the best possible testing environment during an assessment window that lasts from March 9 through May 22.  I credit Lisa Yates, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Learning, as well as our Technology Department for working through all of the issues and concerns so we will be ready to assess in March.  This new testing will impact instruction at all levels.  While I know that many carry emotions about these assessments and the increased time our students are not in the classroom, I appreciate your understanding that these assessments are required and do offer data that helps us as educators.

Wow, there is a lot going on!  Hold onto your hats—whether the speed by which our year is zooming by or the prevailing winds, this is proving to be a high velocity time in Buena Vista School District!

Sincerely,

Sue Holmes, Superintendent