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June 2019 Newsletter from the Superintendent of Schools

Greetings! I hope this final newsletter of 2019 finds you well. It is hard to believe the year is over…I was still waiting for that next big snow storm that never came. 😊


When I was a teacher in Pittsburgh, on the last day of school, one of my colleagues would blast from a radio in her room “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Not sure all of our parents out there would agree…but it is a special time of the year. 


Our continued focus at Manheim Central is adopting a growth mindset. In particular, a growth mindset is centered on continuous learning. The school calendar tells us the school year is over. However, a growth mindset tells us the learning must continue. 


With that said, what will learning look like this summer for our kids? The summer slide is real and is well documented. Imagine if the 3100 learners in our District committed to getting better this summer? The ‘Summer Slide’ would be for every other District but ours…


None of this intentional learning happens without a plan. On the heels of  the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, I began reading a great book the other day (The First Wave). As I was reading the first few chapters, I was mesmerized by the detailed planning that went into the battle plan. All the same, as Ben Franklin so aptly said, failing to plan is planning to fail. So I challenge you with this: what is your plan to continue the learning until we return in August? 


We live in a hyper-competitive world. Our kids are not competing against the likes of those in their class, the county, the Commonwealth, or Country. Rather, it is a global competition. For those who will rise and succeed in this life, we must radically commit to being lifelong learners. Committing to a growth mindset does not guarantee success; rather, it will equip our kids with the critical tools to compete on a global scale.


If nothing else, commit to taking a deep dive into some great books this summer. A step in the right direction for success in this life is to put down the phone. Turn off the tv. Pick up a book. I am thoroughly convinced if as a community we collectively commit to being voracious readers, we will experience exponential growth. And, if we lead by example for our kids, imagine the gains they will make by being part of a community of readers as well. Readers are leaders. Leaders are readers. 


I hope you have a great summer. August will be here in a blink of an eye. I look forward to getting underway once again. Only 82 days until the start of the 19-20 school year! Take care- pja



“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.”- Elizabeth Hardwick