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Newsletter from the Superintendent

From the desk of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Peter J. Aiken:
Greetings! I hope this letter finds you well and ready to usher in fall. It is hard to believe the Farm Show is almost upon us…
For this month’s newsletter, I would like to invite you to participate in a community wide book discussion with me. I have shared this book title before with the community…but I am really hoping it might spark an interest with a few of you. In turn, you would decide to partner with me in reading and discussing the book together.
The book is What School Could Be. It might be one of the best, most innovative, forward thinking books on education I have ever read. The premise behind the book is we are in need of radical change in how we do school. From the official description of the book: America's clock is ticking. Our archaic model of education trains our kids for a world that no longer exists, and accelerating advances in technology are eliminating millions of jobs. But the trailblazing of many American educators gives us reasons for hope.
Ted Dintersmith, the author of the book, sets out across the United States to highlight radical changes happening in education. He provides an example from each of the 50 states. At Manheim Central, we have read this with our staff…and now are re-reading with our Leadership Team. Why the re-read? I believe it is that critical…and, it provides an excellent impetus for change. By reading this book, I believe it provides an insatiable appetite for change…and really highlights and exposes possibilities that exist for our kids- if we are willing to break free from the chains of ‘how we have always done things’ in order to prepare our Learners for an ever-changing world that does not yet exist for them.
Here is a link to the website (What School Could Be).

What School Could Be

I would love the opportunity to partner with you as we read and discuss together. If you are indeed interested, please send me an email ( I will make sure you get a book along with letting you know the reading schedule/ meet times.
Most importantly, I appreciate your support as we strive to reinvent education for the 3100 Learners of MCSD. Our aim is to prepare Responsible Citizens Who are Lifelong Learners. Responsibility and lifelong learning go hand in hand in preparing the next generation for an ever changing world. We are at a critical time in our nation’s history. It truly does take a village to fulfill our District’s Mission Statement.
Hope to hear from you-
Yours in Education- pja