Preparation Key To Continuous Improvement

Our role this spring is one of preparation. We continually plan to improve the Moorhead Area Public Schools’ programs, and we’ve spent time during the last few months planning and preparing for next school year.

One quote I especially like is this one from General Colin Powell: “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” It is preparation that is so important to the success of each school year. Our teachers have been working hard as we prepare for Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, continued learning and the end of the school year. We also work toward an environment where it is permissible to take risks, perhaps fail, but always learn from our failures and improve what we do every day.

We have worked all year long, not just for the state tests that will be taken in next few weeks, but also to make sure our students are growing and improving. The real test is whether we can take a child from wherever he is when he comes to us and move him beyond that point in nine months. That is how long students are in school each year. Some students may progress academically nine, ten, even 12 months in the same timeframe.

We are challenged to do that every day in all the schools across our district. As the year speeds to a close, we do not want to have parents, administrators, teachers or students thinking that because state testing is here we will stop teaching. We still have much to do and more instructional time ahead.

Another way we are preparing is for the threat of another flood event. We have prepared contingency guidelines, worked with county and city officials to offer support in the community effort and prepared our administrators to deal with issues that may arise. We hope our community responds during this time by volunteering and helping our community prepare for this event.

We are also preparing for next school year. We are evaluating programs and determining the programs we will continue, expand or start. We look at registration numbers and state requirements to help determine program changes. In all this work, we need to make sure our students are prepared for their future.

It is up to all of us to work together as a strong community to help prepare for any tests that come our way, whether they be tests of a spring flood, the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, or our students’ futures. We can work together to provide strong schools and strong communities.

Dr. Lynne A. Kovash
Moorhead Area Public Schools