A Message from the Superintendent
Dear Sharon City School District Families, Friends and Community,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year – a school year that certainly will be unique as we open our doors next week. The runway leading up to the start of this school year has been both eventful and challenging at times for everyone, but our team of Sharon City School District educators is moving forward and is encouraged by a fresh beginning full of new opportunities for our students.
The start of school is a chance for us to reflect on the District’s core values. This year is no exception. In fact, I would like to highlight the SCSD motto that you may see on a regular basis because it appears on the front page of our District website: Tradition...Innovation...Excellence.
We are happy to report that this year we will be able to reach every student within the SCSD with cyber programming using our new 1:1 Chromebook initiative. Families without internet will also have access to a Wi-Fi Hot Spot. With the new one-to-one system in place, our students will be equipped to use either classroom or home based online learning with a strong start on day one. As is our Tradition, the SCSD administrators, teachers, counselors, and aides will be interacting with every student, in a variety of ways including through live interaction, asynchronous instruction, and ongoing support.
Every opportunity for continuous learning within the Sharon City Schools will be given to our students as we continue to focus on Innovative ways for students to become active participants in the global community. This year, coursework related to the core subjects, and each of our electives may look different than it has in years past, but teachers’ conscientious development of projects related to these subjects – especially in an online environment – continues to prepare students for college and career pathways of the future.
Every challenge that emerges will be thoughtfully discussed and reviewed by a team of educators, administrators, board members, parents, and students when appropriate. The District will focus on areas of concern such as instruction, health and safety, social-emotional wellness, family and community engagement, and operations issues so that we can maintain the Excellence of our programming. Each area will continue to be addressed throughout the year. Continuously monitoring changing circumstances and direction from governmental agencies will guide our path forward including a potential return to all students returning to their classrooms in the future. Our decisions will be based on data and science while keeping the safety of students and employees as our first priority.
Many of our team members have worked diligently throughout the summer. We appreciate everyone’s contributions including all of the hard work and determination put forth by our central office staff, maintenance and custodial staff, food service team, Health and Safety planning team members and those teachers who have been participating in professional development sessions focused on improving distance learning for our students. Our District continues to thrive because of the unwavering commitment from our amazing SCSD employees, and we are eager to move forward on our path toward a successful school year.
Please also consider supporting your school's PTO, Academic Boosters, and athletic booster clubs, and other school/classroom volunteer opportunities. Connecting with these organizations along with your students’ teachers, principals, counselors, and support personnel is critical at this time to ensure that the tradition of a high quality, public school education within the City of Sharon continues now and in the future.
Looking forward to a successful year ahead.
Michael J. Calla
Michael J. Calla
Evaluation of the Superintendent is conducted annually using the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Superintendent Performance Evaluation Form.