From the Superintendent
Dear Maple Valley Families,
Happy New Year 2020!
As we begin the New Year, we are also excited to announce that the Maple Valley Board of Education and our Administrative team are launching an initiative to guide the district through a 3-5 Year Strategic Planning Process. The purpose of this initiative is to help the district develop goals and strategies for continuing to offer an excellent education for our students, while using scarce public education resources in the most effective and efficient way. Our previous five-year plan is coming to a close this spring, and we want to assess where we have been and where we need to go as a community school system.
Stakeholder feedback is an important part of the planning process. Community members, parents, teachers, administrators, students, teachers and other district staff members will be asked questions regarding strengths, areas to improve and vision for the district. This information will be shared at a planning retreat as well as other data regarding student performance and comparison to other districts.
The school board is interested in your input to this process and intends to use data and stakeholder input to make decisions and to set priorities for the district. Dr. Rod Green, consultant from the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB), will facilitate the planning retreat. The online survey for the process is found on the school district website at the following URL:
Please click on the link and fill out the survey. We are excited about this process and are confident it will ultimately help the district be more successful in its mission of educating students.
In preparation for the wicked weather and poor driving conditions that may be with us, we have developed a hard surface route for our busses should the weather conditions support that option. If you live on a gravel road, you should have received phone communication advising you of how your family is impacted by this option. If you are unaware, please contact our Bus Garage at 517-852-9421 to ensure you know everything you need to be prepared.
Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process (MICIP)
In addition to my past web posts about the K-12 Career Readiness curriculum, I want to also advise you of a new accountability system emerging from the Michigan Department of Education. By Spring of 2021, we will be reporting our progress as a district differently and with a focus on the Whole Child in addition to the core content focus we have maintained in the past. It is called the Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process (MICIP). We will continue to provide more information to you as we learn about how we will meet these expectations. Fortunately, we are already doing many of the new requirements in our district, and this new format of reporting will help us to be even more intentional and focused in how we connect services, funding, and programs to serve the best interests of our whole student. Reference the links below to learn more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JT-v__XlmY (MICIP Official Video from the MDE)
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ApNwM4TOQEiMy8qzDW5-eVgn8xnXKcIiIiqVtx25Udw/edit?usp=sharing (Power point presentation about MICIP)
I also wanted to let you know we will be screening a documentary produced by Midwest REL and PBS that features Maple Valley. Heartbeat of the Community: Recruitment and Retention of Teachers in Rural Schools. Stay tuned for more details as we plan our local premiere.
My evaluation process is complete for my first year of service. The 2019 evaluation instrument and posting requirements are available on our budget and transparency page.
Coffee & Conversation will be held on January 9th @ 8 a.m. in Jolei’s Café in Vermontville.
Appetizers and Alliances will be held on January 15th from 6-7:00 p.m. at The Country Kettle in Nashville.
Everyone at Maple Valley Schools wishes you a Happy New Year!
Dr. Katherine Bertolini
Dr. Bertolini brings 30 years of educational experience to the office of Superintendent. Dr. Bertolini earned a Doctorate in Adult and Occupational Education with a focus on institutional analysis from North Dakota State University, A Master’s Degree in School and Community Counseling from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre/English Education from Michigan State University (Go Green!). Dr. Bertolini has dedicated twenty-five years to educational leadership roles in Gifted and Talented Programs, Alternative High Schools and higher education. Dr. Bertolini believes all children can learn and deserve to be inspired and challenged to fulfill their greatest potential.