Happy New Year to all!
Our staff and students have had a great first half of the school year inside and outside of the classroom. I have the privilege of seeing our students in all three buildings almost daily and they never cease to amaze me with their work ethic, collaborative nature and politeness. We truly have amazing students within our district. Our teachers have been working extremely hard in their classrooms and have been very busy with a variety of professional development. The training includes using best instructional strategies, using the English language arts curriculum pilot, science curricular audits and instructional practices, personalized learning, dyslexia training, CPR/First Aid and a lot of work with their instructional standards. I also want to give a special shout out to our bus drivers and custodians. As we continue to be short staffed, those dedicated employees that we have continue to go above and beyond to make sure school is running smoothly. Thank you!
We were fortunate to have had a historically successful extra-curricular fall season capped off by the eleventh state championship appearance in twelve years by the football team. While we have student-athletes that have done very well in their sports, they take great pride in their academics. I am very proud to announce that our fall Varsity athletes, despite their hours of dedication after school with sports, worked equally as hard in the classroom by earning a cumulative 3.65 combined GPA for our fall grading period!
Also, our Kirtland Hornet Marching Band was featured on Channel 19 and Fox 8 News this fall.
I look forward to a great second half of the school year. I am also very excited for our KHS students to start using the newly renovated science lab starting in January!
Thanks for your support,
Chad VanArnhem, Superintendent