Wow, it is amazing how quickly time flies! It seems like we were just wrapping up the 2014-15 school year, and here we are already getting ready to kick off another new year. Our staff is excited to welcome our students and parents back to school and I want to extend my warmest wishes as well that this year will be the most productive school year yet in East Allen County Schools. Whether this is your first experience in East Allen, or your family has been attending our schools for several generations, I want you to know that we are here to serve you and we are committed to providing the best education possible to the community we serve.
East Allen County Schools has much to offer our students. We write and revise our own curriculum every summer to align with and promote mastery of the Indiana College and Career Ready Standards. We provide a rigorous course of study at all grade levels to challenge our students to achieve their maximum potential. We focus on Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and teach our students to think critically and creatively to explore issues and solve problems. Students engage in inquiry and utilize technology to access their curriculum and enhance their learning. Our goal is to provide our students with the tools they will need to teach them to become productive and successful members of the global society in which they live.
Staff members in East Allen are trained to use data to drive their instruction. Each of our schools has a data room where student progress is tracked and monitored. Students are taught to own their own data and student data is sent via email to parents each week beginning on week five of the school year in September. If you ever have questions about your student’s data, please ask your child’s teacher. Research shows that the most important factor in our schools that impacts student learning is the teacher in the classroom. We expect our teachers to develop genuine, caring relationships with their students and to work closely with parents to meet the unique and diverse needs of each individual student under their charge. The best recipe for student success is a partnership between the school and home where all parties are committed to working together for the benefit of the child.
Although the focus of a school is predominantly on academics, at East Allen County Schools we also understand the importance of safety. We know that all parents want their children to learn, but they also want them to be safe. Safety is a high priority in East Allen. We are constantly reviewing and revising our safety plans to keep everyone safe. Last year we trained our staff on the A.L.I.C.E. protocol. A.L.I.C.E. empowers staff and students to make decisions during a school crisis. The safest course of action may not always be lockdown; escape may be a better option given the circumstances. We are proud to be taking a proactive approach to safety and we invite any questions or concerns you may have regarding safety in our schools.
In closing, I want you to know that we deeply appreciate your support as we partner together to provide the best educational experience possible for the students we serve. Our commitment as a district is to honor your investment in education by achieving our motto of “Dream It. Do It.”
Have a fantastic school year!
Dr. Kenneth H. Folks, Superintendent, East Allen County Schools
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