Messages from the Superintendent:
March 1, 2013
With our state required assessments now underway, I would
like to sincerely thank the staff, students, and parents of the Muncie
Community Schools for their continued cooperation and dedication.
I recognize and appreciate the collaboration and
sincere commitment everyone involved has made to ensure a positive road to
success. Our administrators and teachers
have participated in countless hours of academic inquiry and instructional
planning. Students have participated in rigorous
direct instruction, skill based focus groups, and concentrated enrichment opportunities
to prepare them for the assessments. As partners
in this testing process, you can support your student’s success by ensuring
that your child receives a good night’s sleep, a nutritional breakfast and a
positive, timely start to each morning
In light of the tragic events in Connecticut, please be aware that Muncie Community Schools has taken proactive measures to address the challenges of assuring that our children are safe in our schools. It is important to keep in mind that our schools are safe for children and youth during the school day and an important place for them to receive support. Communication and collaboration among schools, parents, and the community are critical to ensure that our students continue to view their schools as safe, caring and supportive environments.
The National Association of School Psychologists has developed a handout of tips to help parents and teachers cope with a national tragedy. You can access this information at their website, http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/terror_general.aspx.
The safety of our students is our highest priority. Muncie Community Schools has staff members who are School Safety Specialists. We want our families to be aware that our schools have updated school safety Crisis Management Plans that are working documents that we regularly review and revise. We have reminded our principals to review the safety procedures for their buildings, specifically intruder protocols and off-site reunification.
Muncie Community Schools, in partnership with the Delaware County Prosecutor, Delaware County Sheriff and the Muncie Police Department has the “Text-A-Tip” (anonymous reporting system). For “Text-A-Tip” information visit, http://www.muncie.k12.in.us/AboutUs/News. This is another effort to create a safe environment for our students. The program allows students a confidential method to report problems directly to the MCS Chief of Security and Operations, as well as to school administrators. School safety is everyone’s responsibility.
Our hearts go out to the school family and the community in Connecticut. Please keep them in your thoughts.
M. Tim Heller, Superintendent, Muncie Community Schools