What would you write as the headline story about Forest Hills Public Schools in five years?
In March, I first mentioned the strategic planning process which will align our stakeholders who write the story supporting the headline of the future. The process is collaborative, forward thinking and action oriented. In August, two energized groups of parents, teachers, staff and community members met for facilitated discussions about the district’s “current state” and are soon to gather again aggregating their thinking around the “headlines”, if you will, that support our mission, vision and guiding principles . As promised, you can expect an opportunity for the broader community to weigh in on the winning aspirations for our district that supports excellent teaching and learning to prepare our students for the future. The result of this work will be a common understanding and enthusiastic support for the future of Forest Hills. I am beyond excited to be working alongside our Superintendent to see this plan in motion.
While the headlines in five years are energizing, the headlines of today are pretty inspiring. We are celebrating an amazing number of student athletes who have competed at the highest level in the spring into summer. Another awe inspiring Summer Stock presentation of Mamma Mia filled the stage at the Fine Arts Center in June. The academic accolades from current students and graduates continued to roll in with a couple newsworthy tidbits: over 2300 AP courses were completed by students this past year and our district consistently scores in the top 2% in math and top 3% in language arts in the state. Newsworthy for sure would be the gleaming new classrooms, furnishings, smooth parking lots, thousands of new technology devices and some very fine looking lawns, fields and playgrounds eager to be put to good use in all corners of our district. I am on the edge of my seat with my eye on our newsmakers for 2022-23!
Think of the creative process as starting with the question, not an answer – Tim Brown CEO and President IDEO