2017-12-20 / School News


He’s gonna find out …

As superintendent, I have to make sure that we are sending all the necessary reports to the state. What is even more important is my annual report to Santa Claus.

Every year around this time, superintendents send Naughty and Nice Lists to the North Pole. While I cannot show you the Naughty List – that would violate the federal privacy rights of a handful of students – I can share some of the Nice List.

The Student Council at Berkeley Springs High School was recently shopping for a family in need while students at Widmyer Elementary have been making decorations for the courthouse trees and our friends at Autumn Acres.

Morgan County Partnership’s Positive Actions has been spreading holiday cheer all year long. And their programs teach kids to make good decisions.

The Berkeley Springs Lions Club is running Toys for Tots, and Starting Points’ Holiday Helpers ensures that donations make it to the families that need the help most.

Morgan County Backpacks, another program through Starting Points, sends meals home with roughly 300 students from all six schools. Super volunteers.

Also on the Nice List are 36 volunteers through Read Aloud and 60 or so with PASS. They are helping students grow in their minds and their hearts.

The Berkeley Springs Rotary Club is also involved in promoting reading: their reading project gets summer books into the hands of all second graders.

Seventeen teachers earned mini-grants from the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation. Their creativity and commitment is commendable.

BlackCat Music Cooperative has supplied our schools with ukuleles, tuners, and training, as part of their mission to empower youth through music.

All of our employees are working hard to bring out the best in our students, but this year, in my memo to Santa, I will be putting in a good word for our substitutes. Substitute drivers, cooks, aides, and teachers – we couldn’t do it without them.

Same goes for our first responders. The safety of students and staff is our top priority, and it helps that town police, state police, the sheriff, the ambulance service, and fire departments all care deeply about our kids.

The Division of Highways of the West Virginia Department of Transportation is also committed to our safety. When we had that snow last Wednesday into Thursday, the local road crew worked through the night to clear the way for our buses.

We are also proud of the dozens of recent graduates serving in the armed forces, including at least two who are overseas – Matt Schaefer, who is serving with the United States Air Force in Korea, and Bryan Buser, serving with the United States Army in the Middle East. Santa knows how to find them, too.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our students and their families and all of the business partners and community groups that support our schools and community!

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