Return to school…..it’s hard to believe that the start of the 2023/2024 school year is upon us. We are excited about the new school year as it presents opportunities for various beginnings, new classes, new faces and new friendships. Summer and vacation can be great healers; and as we approach the opening day of a new school year, the end-of-year pressures that plagued us in May seem quite remote and inconsequential.
I hope that each of you has had a restful and relaxing summer. It seems like just yesterday we were handing out diplomas and attending promotion ceremonies. It is always great to come back fresh and re-charged. New beginnings are always exciting and the 2023/2024 school year is no exception
I am confident this will be a fantastic school year, and that we will all work together to make it a great year. In the meantime, and in the spirit of taking advantage of this bright new beginning, there are a few things I would like us to keep in mind. I’ll refer to them as “Ingredients for a Successful School Year.”
• First, we need a strong link between home and school. We are blessed with some of the most passionate educators and parents in the state. And, we are thankful for this. We are also fully aware that if one isn’t staying in constant touch with the other, the student will struggle to reach his or her full potential. Let’s do it the right way. Let’s work together and collaborate to help find every opportunity for success.
• Communication, communication, communication is the second ingredient. In order for us to build a strong bond between home and school, we must continually communicate what’s happening in the district. We’ll offer a multitude of ways for you to keep track of what’s going on – from the Leetonia’s website at www.leetonia.k12.oh.us to the notes/flyers we send home in the students’ backpacks, to name just a few. There are also a number of ways for you to reach us, from a simple phone call to your child’s school or contacting the department personnel listed on the district’s website. I make this pledge to you: we will be accessible to our students, our parents and our community. That is one of my top priorities for the 2023/2024 school year.
• Time is the third ingredient. Every school district in the state will certainly talk about school finance and the need for more funding. I believe that now more than ever in the history of education, we need to focus our energy on time spent with our students. Managing our students’ 'time on task' in the classroom will be crucial to our success. Lastly, we need parents to take the time to tell us, honestly and without reservation, what we can do better.
Your input is important to us, and I encourage you to call or email me if you have questions or comments. I can be reached at 330.427.6594 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes for a Great School Year!
Dennis J. Dunham