Welcoming the 2019 - 2020 School Year

Posted by Adam Spina on 8/23/2019 7:35:00 AM

August 2019 District Podcast:

The August District Podcast can be listened to here.

The Podcast can also be accessed at the following links:

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Welcoming the 2019 - 2020 School Year

Monday, August 26, marks the first day of classes for the 2019-2020 school year. After a summer full of preparation, I look forward to opening our doors to a year full of potential. See photos from Opening Day 2019 here.


New Williamston High School Commons and Secure Main High School Entrance:

WHS Commons

We welcome an outstanding cohort of talented new staff members to WCS. This includes fifteen (15) new teachers as well as adding an additional school social worker at the high school. Furthermore, veteran educators in the District have assumed new roles. Ms. Deb LaFleur now serves as Assistant Principal at Williamston High School and Ms. Erika Williams assumes the responsibilities of secondary instructional coach. Our new team members join a world-class team of dedicated professionals who have firmly established WCS as a premier educational organization. 

New Professional Staff at WCS, 2019-2020:

New WCS Professional Staff, 2019

From left to right: 

Mr. Mario Bravo, Intervention Paraprofessional, WHS; Ms. Kelsey Johnson, Teacher, WMS; Ms. Lisa Dean, Teacher, WHS; Ms. Renee Heidi, Teacher, Explorer Elementary; Ms. Libbey Jones, Teacher, Explorer Elementary; Ms. Annah Brummitt, Teacher, Discovery Elementary; Ms. Molly Stump, Teacher, WMS; Ms. Sarah Choate, Teacher, Explorer Elementary; Ms. Micki Magee, Librarian, Elementary Campus; Ms. Claire Cook, Teacher, Discovery Elementary; Ms. Maribeth Attard, Teacher, WHS; Ms. Christy Reynolds, Associate Teacher, Little Hornets Preschool; Ms. Megan O’Donovan, Teacher, WHS; Ms. Jill Fuller, Teacher, Elementary Campus; Ms. Lily Sturock, Assistant Teacher, Little Hornets Preschool; Ms. Darci Steele, Assistant Teacher, Little Hornets Preschool; Ms. Meghann Carr, Teacher, Elementary Campus; Ms. Gretta Delaney, Special Education Paraprofessional, Explorer Elementary; Ms. Kortney Smith, Teacher, Discovery Elementary; Ms. Kayla Walker, Teacher, WMS; Ms. Michelle Windom, School Social Worker, Explorer Elementary; Ms. Caitlin Wilcox, School Social Worker, WHS; Ms. Kara Nussbaum, Teacher, Discovery Elementary; Ms. Ashley Simpkins, Teacher, Little Hornets Preschool; Ms. Caitlin Griffes, Speech Pathologist

Our core goals remain consistent even as the strategies to implement them evolve with new research. While our expectations are ambitious, we remain centered on our vision to maintain a relevant, progressive, and evidence-based district. Williamston enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a leader in implementing best practices. This year will be no exception.

Education Excellence Award 2019

As communicated throughout last year, we are focused on the many aspects of our Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) philosophy. Examples included adding programming such as Second Step at the lower elementary and Be Nice at our secondary schools. The foundations for student support strategies such as restorative justice were also established. Throughout 2019-2020 we will continue to provide professional development for our staff in order to deepen our understanding of the impact and causes of student trauma as we become more collectively skilled in supporting Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). It is my strong belief that as we better address the very real issues of depression, anxiety, and trauma with our students, academic outcomes will reach even more impressive levels while simultaneously improving the overall safety of our schools. Additional details of the educational goals for the District can be found within our District Improvement Plan. The plan is posted under the “Our District” tab on the WCS Homepage or by selecting the link here.

Best US High Schools 2019

At the building level, schools are continuing to implement evidence-based initiatives. Williamston High School will enhance curricular alignment to state standards and begin work on developing standardized grading practices. Williamston Middle School will pioneer new ways to integrate Google Classroom into instruction and parent communication while also piloting a new English Language Arts curriculum. Explorer and Discovery will maintain a focus on providing timely and effective intervention and enrichment in the areas of literacy and mathematics. The School Improvement Plan for each building can be found under the “Academics” tab on their respective websites.

Niche Best School District 2019 GreatSchools.org College Success Award 2019

It is a profound honor to lead such an incredible school district and hold a platform that allows the opportunity to make a positive difference in the Williamston community. Thank you for your trust and support. Let’s make this a great year!

Go Hornets!