Let­ter from the su­per­in­ten­dent

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Dear New­ton County School Sys­tem Fam­ily:

It is with great an­tic­i­pa­tion and ex­cite­ment that I wel­come you to another school year in the New­ton County School Sys­tem. For par­ents and guardians whose stu­dents are en­ter­ing our schools for the first time, I of­fer you a spe­cial wel­come and a heart­felt thank you for the trust that you have placed in us.

Our mis­sion in the New­ton County School Sys­tem is to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional ex­cel­lence for all stu­dents. We work hard to make cer­tain ev­ery child’s ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence is rig­or­ous and pre­pares them to be com­pet­i­tive in our global so­ci­ety; how­ever, we can­not do this work alone — we need your sup­port! As such, I look for­ward to work­ing closely with you through­out the year. I en­cour­age each of you to get in­volved with and stay in­formed about our school sys­tem; we pro­vide mul­ti­ple ways for you to con­nect to the school sys­tem.

We will host two “Ed­u­ca­tion Sum­mits” this school year. Please make plans to at­tend our first one on Aug. 23 at New­ton High School. We will send more in­for­ma­tion to you re­gard­ing this event once we get closer to that date. I en­cour­age you to use your stu­dent’s school agenda to com­mu­ni­cate as needed with teach­ers. In ad­di­tion, please make sure to at­tend par­ent/teacher con­fer­ences and PTO meet­ings through­out the school year. To stay in­formed about our school sys­tem, visit our district web­site, new­ton­coun­tyschools.org of­ten; you can also ac­cess our schools’ web­sites through the sys­tem site. For those of you who pre­fer so­cial me­dia, our district and many of our schools have both Face­book and Twit­ter feeds that are up­dated daily. Both are truly a great source of in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the great things tak­ing place in our school sys­tem. You can also fol­low me on Twit­ter; my han­dle is @FuhreySa­man­tha. If you haven’t al­ready done so, please sign up for our elec­tronic news de­liv­ery. The sign-up link is posted on our home­page. Make sure you have pro­vided up­dated phone num­bers to our schools as we pro­vide both school and sys­tem level news through School Mes­sen­ger through­out the school year. Your child’s grades can be ac­cessed any­time, day or night, by log­ging on to our stu­dent por­tal, In­fi­nite Cam­pus. As you can see, there are mul­ti­ple ways to stay in­formed and get in­volved! We rec­og­nize our par­ents are our stu­dents’ first teach­ers. The more in­volved you are in­creases your child’s op­por­tu­ni­ties for suc­cess!

Speak­ing of suc­cess, I want to take a mo­ment to con­grat­u­late our stu­dents and teach­ers on a very suc­cess­ful 2013-2014 school year. As pre­lim­i­nary test data have been re­ceived over the summer, it is clear that our school sys­tem is mak­ing great strides. Our CRCT scores at the ele­men­tary and mid­dle school lev­els, as well as our EOCT scores at the high school level, in­creased in sev­eral ar­eas last year. Our grad­u­at­ing class of 2014 re­ceived mil­lions of dol­lars in schol­ar­ships, and if you check our web­site and lo­cal news­pa­pers, you will see that we re­ported many stu­dent, teacher, em­ployee and district ac­co­lades last year — far too many to men­tion here. I am ex­tremely proud of our progress and suc­cesses. We are very for­tu­nate to have a school district in which staff, fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity come to­gether to sup­port all of our stu­dents.

As we start the new school year, we will con­tinue to com­mit our­selves to pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tional ex­cel­lence for all stu­dents. Whether you are an em­ployee, stu­dent, par­ent, busi­ness owner, com­mu­nity leader or res­i­dent, you play an im­por­tant part in the suc­cess of the New­ton County School Sys­tem. Should you ever have ques­tions re­gard­ing our com­mu­nity’s school sys­tem, please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact me.

In clos­ing, as I en­ter my sec­ond year as your su­per­in­ten­dent, I want to thank you for the op­por­tu­nity to lead this school sys­tem. It has been my honor and plea­sure to serve our com­mu­nity as we strive to en­sure our stu­dents are pre­pared for life be­yond high school. I look for­ward to another ex­cit­ing year of watch­ing our stu­dents learn, achieve, and grow! Wel­come back to school! I wish each of you a very suc­cess­ful 2014-2015 school year!

Yours truly, Sa­man­tha Fuhrey Su­per­in­ten­dent of New­ton County Schools



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