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From the Superintendent: Data is More than Numbers

From the Superintendent: Data is More than Numbers

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,

As I travel through the district visiting with students and staff, I see our mission and vision statements come to life everyday. Based on what I see and feel when I walk into our schools, I know without question that "Clarkston Community Schools creates a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported."

When a student returns to visit a favorite former teacher and says that they're finally seeing the fruit of a seed first planted at CHS, it's evident that "Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams."

There are many ways to tell our story and demonstrate what we value in Clarkston. As a result of last year's strategic planning, we've spent the past several months digging deeper into data and looking at the quantifiable information that helps us tell our story.

One of the ways we will monitor our progress as a district is through "Check Up" surveys. The idea is, healthy people don't just see a doctor when they're feeling under the weather, they also make time for regular check ups to stay in top shape. In the same way, healthy organizations like ours rely on check ups to detect potential issues and ensure a strong future.

We recently began surveying students, staff, and families with brief, targeted, anonymous surveys. Our first survey was administered for two weeks in November, and it asked parents to share feedback related to school culture and communication. The results of this survey can be found on our website at: www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/surveys. I am pleased to report that our parents had great things to say about our schools and that overall parent satisfaction in every building is high! I hope you're able to take some time to look at the reports and participate in our future "Check Up" surveys — your opinion is an important part of our story!

We've also created a data-based dashboard of measurable information related to our district's Four Pillars of Excellence (Whole Person Development, Foundational & Academic Skills, Student-Focused Learning, and Future Pathways). These pillars are the cornerstones of our strategic plan, and we wanted to be able to demonstrate these values with data. While not an exhaustive list of everything we're doing in our district, the infographic we created provides at-a-glance evidence of our efforts in each of the pillar areas. This infographic can now be viewed and downloaded on our website at www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/highlights.

When our students take state assessments like the M-STEP and SAT, we remind them that there is much more to their story than "the numbers." As a district, we know that the numbers we're examining represent small slivers of our story, but these slivers, when combined with the intangibles, help us understand who we are, what we value, and what makes Clarkston a truly special school district!

Sincerely,

Shawn Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,100 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.


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