4 Corners October 2018 4 Corners October 2018

4 Corners A Publication of Lauderdale County Schools Volume VI Issue III October 2018 Kids Deserve It! in LCSD It is hard to believe we are in the second nine weeks and the holiday season is just around the corner. As we re8lect on the last few months, Lauderdale County School District has accomplished a great deal in a short period of time. We started the year with a commitment to be “On Time, On Task, and On Target.” Time is multi-faceted as we focus on timely communications, building relationships, interventions, and professional learning. One exam- ple of this commitment, our district has sent over 15,000 texts, emails, or phone calls to parents since August 6. Leading the way is Northeast Elemen- tary with over 4,000 communications and the 8irst recipient of the coveted Golden Phone Outreach Award, presented monthly to the school with the highest parent contacts. In our district-wide book study, Kids Deserve It, we are challenged to see the incredible good in all students and make positive phone calls to parents the norm. Dr. John-Mark Cain, Superintendent On Task involves a “do whatever it takes” attitude. Whether it is analyzing data, designing and implementing meaningful lessons to promote student engagement, working with colleagues to improve instructional prac- tices, or simply being available to students outside of class time, giving 110% daily to help students 8ind their purpose and passion is the expectation in this district. An upcoming opportunity for students is our 11 th an- nual county musical with Meridian Community College. This year’s production is Peter Pan and will run Feb- ruary 26-March 1 for school shows and March 2-3 for nightly shows. We encourage all students with a pas- sion for the arts to participate. Finally, we resolve to be On Target in all we do ensuring students have varied opportunities to demonstrate college and career readiness. Community partnerships play a vital role in making this a reality. Meridian Community College partnered with Lauderdale County School District to provide all seniors an opportunity to take the WorkKeys assessment on October 23. This is a national career-readiness credentialing assess- ment recognized by business and industry to verify foundational workplace skills. With more students scor- ing at the highest level (Platinum) than ever before, students in Lauderdale County School District over- whelmingly demonstrated success (Silver, Gold, or Platinum) on this assessment proving ready to compete not just locally but globally. Understanding the importance of a prepared workforce in the overall economic development of our community requires a strong commitment by all stakeholders to be on target. Lauder- dale County School District leads the way in this effort. Respectfully, Dr. John-Mark Cain, Superintendent Lauderdale County School District