December 20, 2016
As we near our Christmas break, I want to take a moment to thank the Shelby City Schools’ staff, students, parents and the entire community of Shelby for your support and everything you all do to make the Shelby City Schools an excellent school district. I am fortunate that I have the opportunity to work with your children, and I am looking forward to the rest of the school year and all we can accomplish.
Just in case you are not aware…our first semester ends when we leave for Christmas break. This is the fifth year we have incorporated this into our district calendar; the teachers and students love this concept and it certainly makes sense from an academic perspective. When our kids come back in January, they jump right into the second semester of classes, which we believe pays tremendous academic dividends for our students and staff.
Shelby is a community with strong traditions but of course, traditions are not unique to our little corner of the world. All around the world the holidays are celebrated with meaningful and ingenious customs. Children in some regions of northern Europe leave hay and carrots outside the house on Christmas Eve because they believe Saint Nicholas arrives by horse. In a festive display, folks in more tropical parts of the world adorn their homes with mango leaves and decorate banana trees. Interestingly, historians believe that the first record of a decorated tree dates back to 15th century France. In fact, many believe this tradition was later brought to England by immigrants who had roots in that region of Europe and missed the ritual of decorating a tree. Traditions exist everywhere and many of them are very similar. That’s what is unique about people…for all of our disagreements, we still have more similarities than we have differences. So as you and your family celebrate the holidays and all of your wonderful traditions, whether it’s decorating the Christmas tree together or simply enjoying the company of loved ones, keep in mind that traditions, no matter how simple or how extravagant, are the ties that bind. From the staff at the Shelby City Schools to all of you have a safe and joyous holiday season.
August 19, 2016
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! Hopefully you had the opportunity and time to share some wonderful activities with family and friends during the past couple of months. Of course, summer days seem to fly by so quickly and now the first day of school, August 22nd, is upon us. When we look back over the calendar year, it seems like every month of the year is busy, but August has been particularly active for a community like Shelby; especially for our students as they prepared for the new school year. Whether it is the county fair, band, cheerleading or one of our fall sports, hundreds of Shelby students have been engaged in activities that will benefit themselves, the school, and yes, the community as well.
When we talk about the relationship between the community and the school, please understand that it is very important to me that the association built between the two is strong and healthy. What’s more, I believe that it is imperative that the Shelby City Schools encourage our students to give back to the community of Shelby -- that they “pay it forward” so that others may benefit, just as this community has done for generations.
As many of you are aware, the Shelby City School District will have a renewal levy on the ballot in November, and I would like to take a moment to share a few thoughts with you about this tremendously important issue. In 1987, the community of Shelby, our parents and grandparents, voted to pass an emergency levy which provides nearly $950,000 each year to our schools. And yes, every five years since 1987 the voters of Shelby have voted to pass and continue this levy for the benefit of our students. Please understand, this levy represents a zero tax increase for citizens of Shelby; this is money that the community has been providing to our district for nearly thirty years, and it is a vital part of our budget to help maintain and preserve the outstanding programs that have helped to make Shelby an excellent school district. Also, please know that the district will continue to practice fiscal restraint and responsibility while continuing to support our students.
There are many reasons to be proud if you are a citizen of Shelby and I have mentioned just a few in this article. The fact is, Shelby is a wonderful community in which to live, work and raise a family and I want each of you to know that the Shelby City School District is proud to be a partner in the success of this community. Thank you for everything you do on a daily basis to help make our school system excellent. Have a great school year and go Whippets!
Superintendent, Shelby City Schools
June 1, 2016
As our school district begins summer break, I want to take this opportunity to thank staff, parents, students and the entire community for a fantastic school year. Whether academically, athletically or in the realm of performing arts, the 2015-2016 school year was full of memorable events and achievements throughout our district: I’m proud to be the superintendent of such an excellent school district in this wonderful community!
Although our students and staff are on summer break, our teachers will be attending meetings and seminars throughout the summer to hone their craft; when the 2016-2017 school years begins in August the Shelby City School District will be ready to hit the ground running to continue to provide our students extraordinary educational opportunities. During the summer, if you have questions about the upcoming school year, our online SOAR program, open enrollment opportunities or any other topic, please feel free to contact the Board office at your convenience (419-342-3520).
Have a safe and enjoyable summer; go Whippets!
Superintendent, Shelby City Schools